Friday 6 December 2019

New home view: Two and three-bed apartments to appeal to empty-nesters and investors

The living rooms have a large open-plan space at Traverslea.
The living rooms have a large open-plan space at Traverslea.
The red-brick and grey exterior of Traverslea Wood.

Sinead Ryan and Gabrielle Monaghan examine the latest developments around the country.

The Victorian gate lodge at the entrance to a new development at Lower Glenageary was recently sold for a hefty sum, so sadly it's off the market.

But Savills has seven two-bedroom and three three-bedroom apartments in the adjoining space which is built within mature trees and grass-lined walkways in the gated development of Traverslea Wood.

It isn't entirely new, with some, from O'Malley Homes, being refurbishments of existing properties, while others are new builds.

As such, they vary slightly in design and facility, but essentially the two-beds are 816 sq ft, retailing from €370,000 with the three-beds at 1,115 sq ft for €475,000.

The market here is largely trader-downers and investors (it's a little steep for first-time buyers, but you never know).

One of the blocks doesn't have a lift, which may affect elderly residents, but none are higher than three floors. To the rear is a nursing home with land held in trust so it's unlikely to see any high-rises.

The red-brick and grey exterior is pleasant and all units have one floor. For the two-beds, there are ample bedrooms and a bathroom to share.

The kitchen/living/dining area is one open space leading out to a small balcony/terrace. Kitchen appliances are included within the ivory-coloured finish and the living room has a gas inset fire to heat the lot. Views overlook the lawns. The three-beds measure 1,115 sq ft and enter into a nice tiled lobby area. The master bedroom is ensuite and all are doubles with good cross-grained oak wardrobes.

There is a separate bathroom just inside the front door, part tiled and to a high spec.

Again, there is an open-plan living space, but roomier, with silestone countertops (a quartz compound), pale and white wood finishes with appliances, including a five-ring burner. This also has a gas inset fire and larger balcony outside, which is decked.

There are nice oak interior doors throughout and some of the units come with flooring, others not.

Management fees are in the range of €1,400-€1,921, and there is an underground garage for parking with 12 extra visitor spaces.

Glenageary Road qualifies as one of the longest in South County Dublin, but Traverslea is easily found just after the turn from Upper to Lower roads. Nearby villages include Sandycove, Monkstown and Dalkey with the Dart nearby for city access.

Viewing is this weekend, by appointment.

Traverslea, Lower Glenageary Road, Co Dublin

Asking price: €370,000-€475,000

Agent: Savills New Homes (01) 6181300

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