€1.15m mid-terrace in D6
High-end show house has designer credentials
A mid-terrace new home for in excess of €1m? It would only happen in Dublin 4 or Dublin 6 where downsizers, who are fed up rambling around in the largest of empty nests, want to move to a smaller abode in their locale.
Unlike many show houses in new home schemes which are held off the market until the development is sold out, the version at the Garville Drive scheme of new townhouses - currently for sale in Dublin's Rathgar - is on the market today. The advantage of buying a show house is that, you can not only acquire the property fully furnished to a high end - but also furnished with the trained artistic eye of a professional interior designer.
In this case the developers brought in interior designer, Arlene McIntyre, of Ventura to kit out 10 Garville Drive.
"My brief was to create a luxurious, sophisticated interior," she says, "and this property reflects a marriage of classic style with distinctive contemporary.
"On the ground floor, the sitting room to the front of the house is decorated in a colour scheme of khaki green and oyster tones mixed with 'gilver' - a cross between silver and gold - furnishings. The custom-made Spencer sofa is upholstered in a khaki mohair velvet, and the Garbo armchairs in oyster sand."
The coffee table, table lamps and feature lights are all in silver-gilt, and feature antique glass inlay, while the low-profile units on either side of the fireplace, with its wood-burning stove, are in wenge.
The contemporary fitted kitchen by Kitchen Elegance is painted in a fashionable dark grey, and features a stone countertop and splash back and soft-close doors. A full complement of SMEG appliances - oven, hob, microwave, wine fridge, extractor hood and fridge-freezer - is included.
McIntyre used a monochrome palette in the dining area with ebony herringbone fabric on Ventura's bespoke Xavier dining chairs around the Rio glass dining table, and almond snakeskin fabric on the barstools at the island, with Copenhagen glass pendants suspended overhead. The flooring is black fired-oak. A separate utility room comes equipped with a washing machine and condenser dryer. The kitchen/dining room opens out onto the back garden, which is south-facing, and has a patio area and a maintenance-free artificial grass lawn.
No 10 has three bedrooms and a study, with two en-suite double bedrooms on the first floor. The third bedroom and study, with a balcony off, plus a further bathroom, are on the second floor. The en-suites are fitted with pressurised monsoon showers and are as luxe as everything else about the house.
The master has a chocolate and ochre colour scheme, with the feature wall covered in rich chocolate fabric and luxurious ochre velvet fabrics on the windows. It is, says McIntyre, at once atmospheric and calming.
The second bedroom on the first floor features a modern headboard and the wallpaper is a textured teal brought in especially from Paris. The custom-made bedroom furniture is in a wenge finish with mirrored glass detail, and McIntyre also designed built-in furniture in the office using cool greys and greens. The fitted wardrobes throughout are by Bedrooms Elegance.
The talk these days in the property market in Dublin is all about downsizers, and how if there were enough suitable properties for empty-nesters to move to, then more houses would be freed up for first-time buyers, and couples and young families trading up from apartments.
The development of eight contemporary mews-style houses at Garville Drive, tucked away off Garville Avenue in Rathgar, may very well appeal to affluent house-hunters trading down from larger houses in the area.
The houses at Garville Drive are not just aimed at downsizers: with 1,996 sq ft of living space plus a 350 sq ft basement intended for storage, they are big enough to be family homes.
All have been designed with energy efficiency in mind. Among the low energy/low carbon emissions features contributing to their A2 rating are quality insulation, air-tight membranes to ensure that the homes are draft-free, a mechanical heat-recovery ventilation system to reduce condensation and dust levels, double-glazed windows and patio doors, and argon-filled windows that reflect light back into each room.
Prices in the development start at €1.075m, with the end-of-terrace houses priced at €1.225m (these have the benefit of a side-entrance and slightly bigger gardens). Number 10 is the show house and comes to the market with an asking price of €1.15m, to include the furniture, soft furnishings and all appliances - the whole kit and caboodle.
Rathgar Village remains just that, with more than a touch of the 19th century about it. There are speciality food stores, including branches of the Organic Supermarket and The Butler's Pantry (repository of many a D6 host's secrets), a bookshop, and a good choice of cafes and restaurants, including the well-regarded Bijou and Lemanti of Nepal, as well as a branch of Saba To Go. Dublin City Centre is 4km away.
10 Garville Drive
Rathgar, Dublin 6
Asking price: €1.15m
Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald (01) 6671888