Wednesday 21 February 2018

Get the cream of the crop in Churchtown

Hazelbrook Square, Churchtown, Dublin 14

Hazelbrook Square
Hazelbrook Square

Hazelbrook Square, a new scheme of family houses in Churchtown launching this weekend, is being developed on the former site of the factory that produced HB ice cream, one of Ireland's most iconic brands.

HB stands both for Hughes Brothers, after James, George and William Hughes, who used their dairy to start making ice cream in 1926, and also for Hazelbrook, the name of the farmhouse that William Hughes and his wife Margaret built in 1896 in Rathfarnham.

The site was partially developed by Capel Developments with apartments just as the property market was collapsing. Following the appointment by Nama of Simon Coyle from Mazars as the receiver, a lower-density plan for three and four-bed houses was designed for the HB site.

The Carey Group, a family business from Tipperary founded in 1969, was then hired to build Hazelbrook Square.

The new housing scheme is located off the Whitehall Road and Nutgrove Avenue and is close to Nutgrove Shopping Centre. Given that few residential estates of any significance have been built in Dublin 14 in recent years, Hazelbrook Square is likely to attract a lot of interest from buyers in the locality who are keen to stay in the area, according to the selling agent.

The first phase will be made up of 25 three and four-bed houses and there will be 69 in all when it's complete. Most of the houses are terraced or end-of-terrace properties, though there are a number of semi-detached houses available.

Depending on the option chosen, sizes of the three-beds go from 1,260 sq ft to 1,400 sq ft and the properties are priced between €450,000 and €475,000. The four-bed homes measure between 1,668 sq ft and 2,130 sq ft, with prices ranging from €575,000 to €695,000.

Designed by Brazil & Associates, the exteriors have a mix of red brick and render facades, complemented by reconstituted granite windowsills, porthole windows, zinc-effect canopies and zinc-effect metal roofs to the dormer and bay windows.

While the exteriors are contemporary in style, the internal layouts are relatively traditional. There is a formal living room to the front of the house and a large open-plan kitchen/dining/family room to the rear. The three-bed houses are arranged over two floors and the four-beds are laid out over three storeys. There are also some double-fronted end-of-terrace house types for sale off plan.

The bespoke handmade painted kitchens feature classic shaker-style doors, soft-close drawers, tongued and grooved panelling, Velstone worktops and fully integrated appliances.

The living rooms have been fitted with a flame-effect, energy-efficient electric fire with stone surrounds, while the bathrooms and ensuites come with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware with Kludi mixer taps.

The heating is provided by an A-rated gas-condensing boiler and there are controls for the Climote system throughout the properties. Extra eco-friendly touches include PV solar panels and heat recovery ventilation systems.

Churchtown itself is just a few minutes' walk from Dundrum Town Centre and the Windy Arbour and Dundrum Luas stops. Hazelbrook Square is about 8km from the centre of Dublin and can be reached by bus routes 14, 14c, 17, 61 and 75. Hazelbrook Square is close to University College Dublin and nearby schools include Wesley College, Alexandra College and Mount Anville.

The first public viewing at Hazelbrook Square will be held tomorrow and Sunday. There are two four-bed showhomes available for viewing, between 2pm and 5pm, as well as detailed floor plans for the three-bed properties.

Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888.

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