Downsizers from the red-bricked Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian streetscapes of Dublin 6 have accounted for much of the demand at the upmarket Marianella development in Rathgar.
There, well-heeled buyers have access to the kind of facilities once reserved for five-star hotels: the residents' clubhouse at the Rathgar scheme has a gym with an on-site personal trainer, a wellness suite with a steam room and sauna, a lounge, a private cinema room, a concierge service, and a meeting room.
For one of its first major apartment developments, Cairn Homes spent €40m in 2015 on an 8.1-ac site off the Orwell Road that was home to a Redemptorist monastery for almost a century. The site had housed the Marianella centre, chapel, seminary, and the monastery's mature trees and 200-year-old gate lodge were retained for an on-site park at the eponymous new development.
Some two-thirds of the apartments originally earmarked for Marianella were sold before the official launch in November 2017, as the builders fielded enquiries from passers-by keen to move into an energy-efficient, more manageable home in their community after their children had flown the nest. Three-bed and five-bed houses were also built at the scheme.
The apartments range in price from €795,000 for a ground floor, 1,270-sq ft home to €950,000 for a third-floor unit extending over 1,259 sq ft. The penthouses, which are on the fourth floor of Orwell Hall, range in size from 1,302 sq ft to 1,808 sq ft, with prices going from €975,000 to €1.35m.
The apartment blocks are laid out around private communal gardens. The exteriors of the buildings are finished in a Birtley Olde English Buff brick from Ibstock and there are energy-efficient Scandinavian alu-clad windows from Carlson throughout. Many of the apartments and penthouses are dual aspect with double balconies that have glazed balustrades to maximise views. The lobbies, lifts and common areas were styled by an interior designer.
Inside each unit, there are extra-high ceilings and windows to the main living areas. In the kitchen/dining/living room, which has a sliding door out to a balcony, McNally Kitchen supplied the custom-designed fully-integrated kitchen from German brand Leicht, as well as the Carrara worktops and splashback.
The kitchen comes with integrated Miele appliances, a Whirlpool fridge/freezer, a fan-assisted ducted extractor vent from the cooker hood to the outside, and wine coolers in certain units. The separate utility room is fitted with a Whirlpool washing machine and a Whirlpool condensing dryer.
There are bespoke wardrobes from Cawley's Furniture in the bedrooms, including the walk-in wardrobes to the master bedrooms.
The bathrooms and ensuites have satin-glazed tiles to the floors and walls, showers with rainhead fittings and frameless glass doors, Grohe and Cersanit sanitaryware, wall-mounted heated towel rails, vanity mirror cabinets from Cawley's Furniture, and linear LED and recessed downlighters. Visitor access to each apartment is via an IP-enabled video phone system that can be controlled remotely from a smartphone app.
There is one parking space for each apartment and it's wired for an electric car charging point. For remote workers, there is high-speed fibre broadband.
The A-rated homes all have thermostatic-zoned underfloor heating throughout. An individually metered system provides heating and hot water from development's central plant while a heat recovery ventilation system ensures a constant supply of fresh air.
The grounds of Marianella have a play area, a small outdoor gym nestled in the trees, and seating throughout.
There is an outdoor terrace at the clubhouse. Residents can also enjoy the nearby Milltown Golf Club and the Brookfield Tennis Club, Bushy Park, or stroll along the Dodder Walk.
Viewings are by appointment.