Wednesday 23 October 2019

Almost a million quid for a two-bed terrace? Ireland's most expensive two-bed

The Showhouse Enderley, Dalkey Co Dublin

Asking price: €975,000

Agent: Savills New Homes (01) 618 1300

The exterior of Enderley
The exterior of Enderley
The open plan living room
The hand-painted kitchen
The dining area

Almost a million quid for a two-bed terrace? Usually this home type is starter-home territory targeted by first-time buyers and never, ever considered to be a luxury option.

But the new two-bed showhouse 'superterrace' at Enderly, a development in Dalkey perched above Dublin Bay, is priced at just under a million (€975,000) making No 10 Enderly by far and away the most expensive two-bed house for sale in Ireland today.

The high end property is a new type of luxury home honed in a builder's market moving very much towards wealthy downsizers.

Enderley is a 2017-launched luxury scheme of 18 homes situated off Cunningham Drive, about 400m from the centre of the coastal village and its Dart station. It was fitted out by North Design, a young Dublin-based studio specialising in funky interior architecture and design and created by founded by Louise Rankin and Lauren Martin.

The open plan living room
The open plan living room

No 10 Enderly, the part-furnished showhouse, is aimed at affluent downsizers from larger properties in the area seeking a more manageable A-rated house with a smaller garden, says Gavan Ryan from Savills, Enderly's selling agent.

"The buyers of two-beds at Enderly want an extra bedroom for when one of the adult children visit," he says. "We've had couples from Silchester Road and Sorrento Road in Dalkey, and from Monkstown. They want a low-maintenance house near the life they know."

Enderly's homes range in size from 1,500 sq ft to almost 4,000 sq ft. The priciest range was the Sorrento, with one of the three properties from that range fetching €2.5m. Like its neighbouring properties, No 10 is built from concrete and steel and has a facade finished in St Ives Cream Rustica brick imported from Belgium. There is Moleanos limestone from Portugal to the surrounds of the triple-glazed alu-clad windows from Scandinavia. Inside, it has 1,532 sq ft on three floors.

In 2008 a group of investors paid more than €20m for the land but the crash put paid to progress. The elevated site was bought in 2011 by Twinlite which began an exhaustive excavation of the Santa Maria land, which sat atop a massive bed of silver granite.

During the largest rock excavation ever carried out for an Irish residential scheme, enough granite to fill 116 double-decker buses was broken up and removed, with the help of equipment specially imported from Japan.

But the downsizers who bought the other three Pembroke properties had asked the builders to turn the two first-floor bedrooms into one large master bedroom, complete with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a walk-in shower and his-and-hers sinks.

The hand-painted kitchen
The hand-painted kitchen

"The builder said, 'why buck the trend?', so they decided to go with what the market wanted and build the new showhouse as a two-bed in the same fashion," Ryan says. The first-floor bedroom opens on to a balcony with glazed balustrades and wall capping made from 300kg-slabs of limestone. There, residents can enjoy a morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening while taking in the sea views. The top floor, meanwhile, has a large bedroom with plenty of space for a seating area by the window, a Velux light, fitted wardrobes, and an ensuite with both a bath and a shower.

On the ground floor, the property originally had sliding doors dividing the separate living room from the extended rear kitchen/diner. But North Design emulated the work carried out by other buyers of the Pembroke style by fitting out No 10 with black floor-to-ceiling shelving to part of the space between the living room and the kitchen/diner to allow more light flow between the two rooms.

The in-frame solid ash kitchen is hand-painted and fitted with integrated Siemens appliances. Glazed sliding doors lead out from the kitchen/dining area on to a garden paved in silver granite with a raised rockery. This outside space was landscaped by Wexford-based Carragh Paving & Landscapes.

The A3-rated homes have underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, roof-mounted PV panels to generate power, and electric car charging points The new owners can access the onsite security cameras and open the carpark door from their smartphone.

Viewing is by appointment only as the site is currently closed for construction.

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