Friday 24 January 2020

Bowled over by Dunluce

Take a shine to Ballsbridge apartments next to Merrion Cricket Club
Dunluce, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Asking price: €775,000-€1.7m
Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402

The Jenga-shaped apartments overlook the cricket club
The Jenga-shaped apartments overlook the cricket club
The kitchen
The dining area and living room

New developments these days come with all sorts of planning restrictions and conditions, but it's a first to see an order controlling the level of sunlight so that its reflection doesn't upset cricketers.

These Anglesea Road apartments have been developed by Blackhall Green Homes, a Bailey brothers' incarnation, with Thomas in charge, supported by Nama. The original house on this land was called Dunluce and the builder has retained the name for the development, with 25 units spread over four blocks, all low rise (three, four and six storeys), named Anu, Bevin, Coll and Danu. These will be two and three-bed properties (four of the units are penthouses and there are just two units per floor).

The facade is clad in a specialised glass, giving it a shimmering effect, a bit like a Jenga puzzle, designed by Lithodecor and DTA Architects. It is this that has been tempered on one side as the light is perceived as too intense - Merrion Cricket Club is over the wall, bless them.

The two and three-bed apartments will range from €775,000 to €1.7m for the keynote properties, reflecting the location as much as the finish.

The two-beds are 925-968 sq ft with an additional 86 sq ft in terrace space. These are laid out with a kitchen/dining/seating area to the rear, two double bedrooms, both ensuite (one has a full-size bath), with a utility room and WC rounding off the accommodation.

The three-beds are substantially bigger at 1,620-1,645 sq ft, with three terraces giving extra space of 469 sq ft. These have a very large L-shaped living/dining/kitchen area and again, two of the double bedrooms are ensuite. Kitchens are from Kitchen Elegance with bathrooms fitted by Villeroy & Boch.

One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms

The myriad attractions of Ballsbridge don't need rehashing here, but the RDS, Herbert Park, Dart stations at Sandymount and Landsdowne, not to mention the Aviva Stadium, are all near neighbours.

The developers have given particular attention to the exterior landscaping. This was important because the land flooded in the 1980s - flood alleviation works have since prevented a recurrence, but BGH isn't taking any chances. The storage units on the ground floor have been completely waterproofed and the gardens have raised boardwalks. There are plenty of mature trees and walkways with water features.

There should be plenty of interest from trader-downers in the area who want to stay put, but in a smaller space, and Dunluce would do very nicely. As long as they don't upset the batsmen, that is.

Viewing is today from 12pm-2pm and tomorrow from 11am-1pm, or by appointment.

The dining area and living room
The dining area and living room

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