During the late 1990s and early Noughties, vast housing estates were built in the hinterland of the west Dublin riverside village of Lucan. Many of those developments served young first-time buyers, but now that plenty of those boom-era purchasers have growing families, they are seeking to trade up to large detached homes, close to the centre of Lucan village.
his is where Rokeby Park comes it. The high-end scheme is 1km from the picturesque village and is across from the 200ac of woodland and grassland at St Catherine's Park.
The Clonee Road properties are being developed by O'Flynn Capital Partners, led by Corkonian Michael O'Flynn. Indeed, in 2015, Rokeby Park became the first new residential development for O'Flynn since emerging from Nama. It will ultimately have 71 four and five-bed detached houses in a variety of styles, all named after species of birdlife. Some 37 homes have been sold there to date.
This weekend sees the release of the Teal house type at Rokeby Park and the opening of a Teal showhouse (it's named after the small duck rather than the colour itself). There are seven homes available in this batch.
This style has 1,960 sq ft of accommodation laid out over two floors, but buyers have the option to extend the four-bed into the second floor, bringing the total size of each property to 2,454 sq ft. Prices start at €750,000, with the attic conversion costing extra.
On entering the double-fronted property, there are two large reception rooms either side of the hallway. One is a family TV room and the other is a formal reception room fitted with an airtight wood-burning stove. To the rear of the ground floor is a kitchen-diner. A lounge area off the dining space has a triple aspect and double doors leading out to the patio. On the first floor of the Hogan Architecture-designed properties are four double bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and a family bathroom. In the showhouse, the attic on the second floor is converted into a fifth bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobes.
The kitchen units are in a sleek, contemporary style from Cawley's Furniture, which also supplied the bedroom wardrobes. The bathrooms, ensuites and downstairs WC are fitted with sanitary ware from Villeroy & Boch and heated towel rails. The master ensuite has electric underfloor heating.
The exterior finishes include a part-brick façade, complemented by sand and cement render, brick detailing above some of the windows, a dormer window, and triple-glazed UPVC windows throughout. Many of the Teal houses have views of Rokeby Park's large open space.
The front cobble-lock driveway can accommodate up to four cars. The big plots are a result of the development's low-density design, with just four houses for every acre.
The Teal house style has an A2 BER. The properties are equipped with a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system.
Lucan is about 15km from Dublin and 5km west of the M50 ring road.
The new showhouse, styled by the interior designers at The Good Room, will open tomorrow, from 2pm to 4pm.
Viewings will continue at the same time on Sunday.