Thursday 14 December 2017

Castlegrange relaunches with fresh look

Designer Helen Turkington has created inviting interiors
Designer Helen Turkington has created inviting interiors

The Castlegrange development in Dublin 15, which goes on the market this weekend, is a new phase of a scheme that first launched in 2007. It is built by La Vista Ltd, part of the E & J Lynam Properties Ltd Group, a family firm which has been involved in housing schemes in the area since the early 1970s, bringing reassurance that the landscaping and infrastructure of an estate will be finished to a high standard.

This launch of 50 new homes comprises mainly of three- and four-bedroom houses, with some three-bedroom duplexes and ground-floor two-bedroom apartments to come. The developers applied for new planning permission when building this phase after a redesign to a higher standard. Four-bedrooms in the previous phase went for around €305,000 in 2010.

Ten have already been sold pre-launch to a waiting list, 12 launched yesterday, with a further 28 still to be completed throughout the autumn and next year.

Unusually for a development at this level of the market, an interior designer worked on the project, in this case Helen Turkington, who is known for her high-end work both in Ireland and the UK.

"Years ago, some builders were just throwing houses out there," Turkington recalls. "People are so educated today. They know what they like and they know what's good. It's not like years ago, where people were just desperate to buy a house."

She says she relished working on this project, with a client who was open to trying new things, and conscious of maintaining high quality and standards, while keeping within a mid-range price point.

"The spec was much higher than you would get on an average house of that standard," she explains. Her influence can be seen throughout in subtle details that give an air of luxury. In the living room, she built out a chimney breast and mounted the log effect electric fire on it - the new building regulations mean that many new homes are built without a fireplace, and therefore have no alcoves.

"Every house needs a feature in the room, otherwise the house becomes soulless," Turkington comments.

The houses include a spacious kitchen/dining room with Shaker-style bespoke units by Kitchen Elegance. Also on the ground floor are the living room, a WC and utility room. Appliances are included.

In the main bathroom, she installed a separate bath and shower. She also capitalised on the above-average nine-feet ceilings by installing extra-high eye-level units in the kitchen.

Wall lights in the bathroom, solid doors and a runner up the stairs are further details added by the interior designer. The attic space in many of the properties would lend itself to a conversion, subject to planning permission; currently the attics are floored for storage purposes.

The last 12 months have seen a growing awareness of the benefits of the building regulations with regard to energy efficiency and Castlegrange has a BER rating of A3. Distance to local schools is one of the main motivating factors for purchasers in this area. Castaheany Educate Together primary school is within walking distance as is Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School.

Viewing: Today, 2-4pm

Agent: DNG (01) 491 2600

Asking price: 3-bed from €295,000; 4-bed semi-detached from €365,000; 4-bed detached from €390,000

Size: from c114 sqm for a 3-bed to c137 sqm for a 4-bed detached house

Sunday Independent

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