Sunday 18 August 2019

Downsize near the seafront

Greenbank House, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin Asking price: €295,000-€335,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402

The exterior of the apartment block at Greenbank House in Dún Laoghaire
The exterior of the apartment block at Greenbank House in Dún Laoghaire
The open-plan dining/living area, which looks out onto the gardens
The bedroom

Trader-downers are increasingly embracing the apartment lifestyle in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, which according to the Central Statistics Office is the most expensive local authority area in the country. The average home there cost €590,725 last year.

Developers have this year been catering to that demand for energy-efficient apartments within walking distance of its town centre and seafront promenade. Some have done so by transforming old office blocks into swish high-end apartments while others, like the Cosgrave Property Group, have focused on adding such blocks to their Dún Laoghaire sites once their house-building has finished.

At Cualanor, formerly home to the Dún Laoghaire Golf Club, the Cosgraves concentrated on building high-end houses at developments such as Roseland before working on apartment blocks. The developer released the first 36 units at Eustace Court at the start of October, and has just finished building Greenbank House.

This apartment block is located just off the Upper Glenageary Road entrance to Cualanor and has pedestrian access to Tivoli Road, the town centre and the harbour. Like Eustace Court, its residents will benefit from the six acres of communal space at Cualanor that include a piazza, jogging paths, parklands, decked areas, and playgrounds.

The open-plan dining/living area, which looks out onto the gardens
The open-plan dining/living area, which looks out onto the gardens

Greenbank House consists of 35 apartments, with 25 one-bed units - each measuring 520 sq ft - going on sale this weekend. Starting prices for the one-beds range from €295,000 to €335,000, so they qualify for the help-to-buy tax rebate scheme for first-time buyers. The purchase price includes kitchen appliances, flooring, and built-in wardrobes, and a designated car space for each unit.

Each apartment has an open-plan living/dining/kitchen space and a private balcony with decking and steel and glass balustrades (or terrace, for ground floor apartments) that overlooks the gardens below.

The kitchens at Greenbank House have a contemporary look, with solid quartz worktops, concealed handles, soft-close doors and drawers, and an engineered wood finish to the floors. The kitchens include A-rated energy efficient integrated appliances. Residents also have access to a communal washing/laundrette area to wash and dry clothes.

All the bedrooms, including the master ensuite, feature contemporary-style wardrobes with walnut interiors and grey shadow doors, all from Cawleys Furniture. Like the kitchens, the bathrooms are all clean lines, with sliding doors to the shower enclosures, chrome to the heated towel rails and other fittings.

Each apartment was designed to have an A2 or A3 BER. A hot press in the hall contains the heat recovery ventilation system that works together with passive building features to deliver constant supplies of fresh air. Residents can use a Pinergy app to manage and monitor electricity usage.

Commuters who buy at Greenbank House can use the bus stop right outside the development, or get the Dart from Dún Laoghaire.

Viewings will take place between 2.30pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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