Thursday 23 May 2019

Castleknock home built in the Celtic Tiger is four times the size of the average three-bed semi

12b College Park Castleknock, Dublin 15

Asking price: €1.85m

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald, (01) 8201800

College
College
The exterior of No12B
One of the two rear patio areas
The dining area
The kitchen by Newcastle Design
The skylit sun room also has a stove
A bedroom with a four-poster
The staircase
Unique storage

Until the 1960s Castleknock was very much a rural farming locale on the outskirts of Dublin. Around that time development began in earnest and today many of the older homes in the area date from the late 1960s and 1970s.

This presented an issue for buyers looking for a one-off home here during the Tiger years. While they hankered after the convenience of Castleknock's better locations they were often put off by the 1970s bungalows and domestic architecture from the era of Starsky and Hutch and the Village People. The silver aluminium windows, smoked panes, car ports and crazy pave cladding had aged about as well as flared dungarees.

The clever ones took the bull by the horns and bought in anyhow, taking the wrecking ball in with them. In the Tiger years, many's a 1970s home was levelled in favour of simpler, more lasting designs. That's how 12B College Park came into being in 2007.

Located as it is on one of Castleknock's most sought after stretches, right beside Castleknock College, it has been built into a more enduring classical form which echoes the part brick fronted Dublin homes of the 1930s and 1940s. Meantime this house borders it's teenage years with a fairly respectable B2 BER.

The exterior of No12B
The exterior of No12B

Set behind electric gates with parking for several cars in its forecourt, the house also sits amidst the generous site of its predecessor, provided for in times when Dublin land was a good deal more plentiful.

And it has an internal floor area to match. With lots of open planned and light filled internal spaces laid out over three floors, the house spans 4,144 sq ft which is four times the average three-bed semi.

The location is a good one for Castleknock. The Phoenix Park with its 1,760 acres is at the end of the road via pedestrian access, while Castleknock Village is a short walk away. The airport is reachable in 10 minutes.

The area is blessed with schools, with St Brigid's National, Castleknock National and Educate Together all within walking distance. At secondary level there's Mount Sackville for girls, Castleknock Community College and at the end of College Road, as the same suggests, is Castleknock College, the well known boys fee paying school.

There's also history. Fr John Cambell, a former vice president of Castleknock College, and a noted historian wrote of the two 60ft hills in the college grounds. He said that according to legend, one is the burial mound of Cumhaill, father of Fionn MacCumhaill, and a leader of the Fianna slain at the Battle of Cnucha. The other is the remains of an early 13th century Norman castle. Combined, they named the area.

Accommodation at 12B includes a grand entrance hall with a porcelain tiled floor and its most eye-catching feature, a period style staircase which is playfully and elegantly swept off at the top into a balustered Juliet balcony.

The kitchen by Newcastle Design
The kitchen by Newcastle Design

Back at hall level there's a decent sized guest wc and the entrance to two interconnecting reception rooms. The drawing room has an open marble chimney piece with a slate hearth, polished boards and bespoke cabinetry, wall panels and three big windows. Double doors lead to the living room with a matching marble chimney piece and double glass doors to the patio.

There's a very extensive modern kitchen/dining/family room with bespoke hand painted units by Newcastle Design which has done much of the joinery work here. There are granite countertops, a large dresser, pantry style presses and an island unit. Appliances include a Neff Induction five-ring hob, dual ovens, a Quooker boiling water tap and separate AEG fridge and freezer. It's a help that there's also a boot room, a cloak room and a utility room here. Off the kitchen is also a skylit sunroom with its own fireplace containing a stove.

Upstairs three of the four bedrooms have their own en suite and the main bedroom also comes with a walk-in wardrobe. There is an opulent Villeroy & Boch kitted shower room on this floor, while the floored attic level has two further rooms off a landing area which is handy as a gathering area for a family with teens.

Aside from the two patios (one in sandstone and the other in granite) the lawned rear garden also has a herb garden as well as a gazebo and a water feature. A big plus is the wooden garden room which is currently in use as a games room and comes with its own wc and storage heating.

The house at 12B College Park is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald seeking offers in the order of €1.85m.

The skylit sun room also has a stove
The skylit sun room also has a stove

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