Homes with A2 rating and GoCars
Bracken Park, Castleknock, Co Dublin
Castleknock was a rural village in western Dublin until the late 1960s when the first housing estates began to be developed.
It's little wonder that the village quickly became subsumed into the suburban fabric of the capital and remains one of the most popular neighbourhoods in which to buy a home; residents can live close to the city centre but benefit from living beside the Phoenix Park, one of the largest city parks in Europe.
It is with this in mind the Cosgrave Property Group, the developer behind schemes such as the Beacon South Quarter and Donnybrook Manor, is building an estate close to Castleknock that will total 130 houses once complete. The company has already built and sold 50 of them and a further 80 are at various stages of construction. This week, Cosgrave is releasing for sale eight four-bedroom homes with studies at Bracken Park, due to be finished between October and December. There are also six five-bed, three-storey houses for sale.
Prices for the four beds, laid out over two storeys with an average floor area of 1,851 sq ft, start at €665,000. The five beds, which are 2,315 sq ft in size, are selling for €735,000.
The interior of the homes are bright and airy, with high ceilings and large windows. The centrepiece of the properties are the kitchen/family rooms, which have double doors opening on to a patio and a garden. All bedrooms are double rooms and feature wardrobes by Cawleys Furniture. The outdoor common areas will include a playground, a picnic area, and jogging paths.
Michael Cosgrave, the developer's technical director, claims to have pioneered eco-friendly residential developments in Ireland, having spent time in Sweden, Denmark and Germany to research sustainable construction methods and building design.
The company will incorporate the latest in energy efficiency into Bracken Park, where the homes have been awarded an A2 rating. He has also introduced Prepago, an app that allows residents to switch their heating on or off when they are away from their home, and a GoCar car hire facility at Bracken Park.
The development is located on the Carpenterstown Road and set on the former gardens at Garrynock, close to the Phoenix Park at White's Gate. The century-old trees from the original Garrynock estate are now a feature of the landscaping at Bracken Park. The villages of Castleknock and Blanchardstown are about three miles away.
Potential buyers can commute by rail to the city centre by walking the half mile to Coolmine station on the Dublin-Maynooth line, or get on to the M50 or N3 at the Navan Road junction, which is less than a mile away.
Two showhouses will open at Bracken Park between 1pm and 2pm today, and will also be available on Saturday and Sunday, between 2.30pm and 4pm.
Enquiries to: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402