Size matters in Knocklyon
Hersilwood, Knocklyon, Dublin 16 Asking price: €565,000-€665,000 Agent: JLL Residential (01) 6731600
In 1901, there were just nine houses in Knocklyon, according to that year's census. As recently as 1974, when Knocklyon parish was founded, there were no shops or even street lighting. But as schools began to open and Superquinn (now SuperValu) arrived, housing estates began to spring up and transform this once-sleepy rural village into a popular south Dublin suburb.
The offspring of the families who set up home in Knocklyon in the 1980s and 1990s are now house-hunters themselves and many of them yearn to return to the middle-class suburb of their childhoods.
Indeed, many of the purchasers at Hersilwood, a new development in the neighbourhood that is now entering its final phase, have been growing families trading up from smaller and older houses near the area who are keen to live closer to their parents.
Most of the homes built in Knocklyon in the 1980s and 1990s were three and four-bed semi-detached houses with a living space of between 1,000 sq ft and 1,300 sq ft. However, sizes at this weekend's new release at Hersilwood are much bigger, ranging in size from 1,764 sq ft to 1,885 sq ft.
There are 14 four-bed family homes available in the latest release. Together with the phase launched in October, the total number of houses in the scheme will finish at 28.
Hersilwood is located off the Knocklyon Road, in the heart of Old Knocklyon, close to the border of the garden county of Wicklow. It is the first new development of any significance to be built there in the last 15 years, the selling agent says.
It is being developed by Comer Group Ireland, founded by Luke and Brian Comer, the former plasterers from the Galway village of Glenamaddy, who created one of the country's biggest property empires.
Hersilwood, first launched last year, was the first residential scheme to be built by the two brothers since returning to the Irish construction market in 2011.
Their company then set about building luxury housing and apartment schemes in Ballsbridge, Sandyford and Santry in Dublin, the Corrib in Galway, Dunboyne and Navan in Meath, and Maynooth in Kildare.
At Hersilwood, the Comers recently received a revised planning permission that omitted previous plans for apartments, so they embarked on replacing them with five four-bed semi-detached and detached houses.
This means the final phase will feature two new house types, including an L-shaped detached house with front and rear gardens and a new four-bed semi-detached layout incorporating an open-plan kitchen/living/dining space. All of the four-bed houses with studies have south-facing rear gardens.
There are three house types in all on release. Type A1 is a four-bed semi-d home with 1,764 sq ft of space and costs from €565,000. Type B is also a four-bed semi-d, but comes with a study and is larger at 1,885 sq ft. That house type is priced from €625,000. Type E is a 1,765 sq ft, four-bed detached home that costs from €665,000.
Outside, the homes are traditional in style and appearance, with full brick-elevations and granite stone reveals. The windows and patio doors are tripled-glazed with uPVC. To the front, there is a paved drive with planter beds, with a garden and paved patio to the rear.
The hand-painted kitchens have stone or quartz worktops, brushed stainless steel sockets, and soft-close doors. The living rooms are fitted with a wood-burning stove and a feature log storage unit.
In the bathrooms, there is Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware, Kludi polished chrome brassware, as well as wall and floor tiling.
Other interior finishes include flush painted doors with satin-finish ironmongery, wide-plank washed limed oak flooring in the living room and entrance hall, and 2.7m high ceilings at ground floor level.
In keeping with the latest energy efficiency-led building regulations, these 'A' rated homes have solar panels, gas-condensing boilers, heat-recovery systems, and a high level of insulation, all of which combine to lower the energy running costs.
Because of the dearth of family homes in south Dublin, the agent expects Hersilwood to also attract buyers from outside the locality.
Parents will be drawn to Old Knocklyon because of its proximity to St Colmcille's national and second-level schools, which are a five minute walk from Hersilwood. Knocklyon is also close to secondary schools such as Terenure College, Templeogue College, Colaiste Eanna and Loreto Beaufort in Rathfarnham.
For commuters, there are regular bus routes from Knocklyon that can access the M50 in less than five minutes, providing access to the capital and the rest of the country.
The show houses will be available for viewing between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.