Sunday 18 August 2019

The new home view: Centrally located homes in the city

Sion Hill Park, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Asking price: €465,000-€670,000 Agent: DNG New Homes (01) 4912600

Due to the close proximity to the city, Sion Hills has proved popular; in fact six of the first twenty were sold off plan
Due to the close proximity to the city, Sion Hills has proved popular; in fact six of the first twenty were sold off plan
Sion Mills kitchen
Sion Hills bedroom
Sion hill Living room

Sion Hill Park in Drumcondra is a rarity. The development, located on a elevated site just off the tree-lined road of Griffith Avenue, is one of the few new northside schemes to be built so close to the centre of Dublin, which explains why buyers facing a dearth of family homes in the capital have flocked to the second phase of the scheme before its official launch this weekend.

Six of the 20 units have already sold off the plans, according to the selling agent. While the initial phase, only released in April, was made up of four-bed semi-detached houses, the latest tranche is a mix of three-bed terraced homes and four-bed end-of-terraced dwellings.

These new builds with views over Dublin are designed to appeal to families, young professionals, and would-be buyers who are downsizing from larger homes in the mature neighbourhood. The homes are expected to be completed between January and April, and there are plans for a third and final phase. Once finished, Sion Hill Park will comprise 69 houses in total.

The development, which was designed by McCrossan O'Rourke Manning and is being built by Maplewood Residential, is a blend of a traditional style with contemporary energy-efficient features. The exterior of the A2-rated properties are a mix of brick, stone, render and uPVC, with uPVC double-glazed windows and a hardwood front door with a three-point locking system.

The three-bed two-storey terraced houses, which cost from €465,000, are laid out over 1,174 sq ft, while the four-beds, which are priced from €570,000, measure 1,672 sq ft in size. Accommodation in the latter units is spread out over three storeys, though both house types have 9-ft ceilings in the ground floor, which add to the sense of space. Both the three-beds and the four-beds have a similar ground floor and first floor. On the bottom floor, there is a kitchen/dining/family room to the rear, a sitting room to the front, extra storage, a guest WC, as well as a hidden utility room hidden behind double cupboard doors in the kitchen. In the three-beds, there is a large en-suite bedroom upstairs, as well as a main bathroom and two other bedrooms. The four-bed end-of-terrace homes have an extra floor, namely an attic conversion with store room that has a Velux roof window that could be used for as an office or study room. It also has a fourth bedroom with an en-suite that could be used as the master bedroom or as TV den.

The solid timber fitted kitchens from Keane Kitchens come with quartz worktops and a choice of colours from the Farrow & Ball range. The four-beds have an island in the kitchen.

Purchasers at Sion Hill Park have a choice of colour tiling in the bathrooms and a selection of designer flooring for the ground floors. The classic built-in wardrobes in the bedrooms have with shaker door finishes, with oak carcass and chrome door knobs, all by Cawleys Furniture.

There are also four 1,843-sq ft four-bed semi-detached houses still for sale from the first phase of Sion Hill Park. These, naturally, are more expensive. The cheapest one from this batch is priced from €670,000 and has an east-facing back garden, while the other three cost from €690,000 because they have west-facing rear gardens.

These three-storey homes have full-length windows to the rear and French doors that lead out to a paved patio and back garden, while the living room has a bay window. There is parking for two cars out front and gates fitted to the side passages.

Sion Hill Park, which is 5km from the centre of Dublin, is a 10-minute drive from the IFSC, 15 minutes from the airport, and close to the M1 motorway, port tunnel and the East-Link. There is also a rail station at Drumcondra, a Dart station at nearby Clontarf, and regular local bus services.

The show houses are on view between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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