New Generation of homes launched in Rathfarnham
Marlay Park, the Dublin mountains and schools are on the doorstep of a 21-unit development
Yesterday saw the launch of Silverton, a new homes development in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. This part of Dublin is attracting a healthy amount of new homes schemes with Grange Hill, which launched early last year, up the road, and Odin's Way, opposite the Grange Golf Club, to launch later this year.
For potential buyers, the area has plenty to offer with the Dublin mountains and Marlay Park - popular for its weekend farmers market and large playground - close by. It is also well served by schools with Scoil Naithi, Our Lady's Girls School, St Columba's and Loreto Beaufort all in the area.
Built on an elevated site on Harolds Grange Road, Silverton is within walking distance of Marlay Park, and roughly 10 minutes from Rathfarnham Village. Silverton is a small development of 21 units laid out around a T-shaped road, with two green areas to the front of the site, and one further back.
There are three house types available: one detached five-bedroom house, c177sqm, from €795,000; six three-bed semi-detached houses, c146sqm, from €595,000; and 14 four-bed semi-detached, c161sqm, from €645,000. Building work on the site, which New Generation Homes bought in 2014, started in October, with completion due this summer.
The double-fronted five-bed detached house sits at the front of the site, overlooking a grassed area, giving its wraparound living room and kitchen windows a completely private outlook.
It includes a spacious kitchen/dining room with utility room, and separate living room. The first floor includes three bedrooms - two doubles, with one of those en suite, and a single room, and the main bathroom. The second floor includes the master bedroom with walk-in wardobe and en suite, and a further double bedroom. Their hallmark is a spacious, light-filled feel throughout - not always a given with a three-storey layout. Several of the units have already sold pre-launch.
One of the attractive features of these houses are the large high-spec solid timber-framed windows used to excellent light-giving effect throughout. In the living rooms the windows are particularly wide, spanning almost the entire front of the house, and again giving a sense of spaciousness.
In the four-bed, a full-length window on the landing and a skylight bring additional light.
The open-plan kitchen/dining rooms of both the three- and four-bed semis features a back wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The layout is well conceived, with the patio doors set to the side rather than in the centre, so the dining area seems larger than it is and is not broken up. This wall of glass overlooks a granite patio.
The space is designed for family life, with the dining area overlooked by the kitchen island, which includes the cooking hob, so that the family chef can keep an eye on children - or play hostess - while preparing food.
The ground floors of the semi-detached units comprise a living room, storage space, WC, and utility room off the kitchen, with outdoor access. All appliances are included, and the kitchen features a polished stone worktop. These homes come with wood-burning stoves, which feature a limestone surround.
The master bedroom is en suite, with the bathroom in the four-bed master particularly spacious. The second largest bedroom in both three- and four-bed semis, on the first floor, also has an en suite.
Bathrooms and kitchens are finished throughout, and all bedrooms include fitted wardrobes. Each property comes with a BER rating of A3.
Outdoors, there are parking spaces for two cars in each front garden. There is a convenience store located adjacent to the site. Transport links are good with frequent buses along Harolds Grange Road, Luas Green Line at Dundrum, and a short hop to Exit 3 of the M50.
Buyer interest is coming from several quarters, says agent Jane Dowling of City Properties, mainly from people already living in the area including starter families, particularly those living in apartments in the area, ready to trade up, and downsizers moving from larger homes nearby.
City Properties are also involved in the launch of Blackberry Hill in Carrickmines, Dublin 18 and Riversdale, Butterfield Avenue, in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 in the coming weeks. New Generation Homes is headed by Arklow man Greg Kavanagh, who began buying land five years ago, at a time when prices were at their lowest. At the time, Kavanagh was in his mid-twenties.
So far, the company's residential developments include projects in Sutton, Rathmines, Stepaside and Hillfield in Rathmichael, a development of 11 units, c370sqm, priced at over €1m, the most expensive new homes development to launch post-crash. Another new homes launch is planned for the coming weeks by New Generation in Coolock.
Address: Harolds Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Agent: City Properties (087) 293 0299/ (01) 459 5941
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