Future proofing is not just a remote pipe dream
Scholarstown Wood, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16; Terenure Gate, Terenure, Dublin 6
Well-heeled downsizers seeking a low-maintenance, energy-efficient home but who are loath to move from their leafy south county Dublin neighbourhood are a prime target for new phases launching this weekend at Scholarstown Wood in Rathfarnham and Terenure Gate in Dublin 6.
The former scheme, which first launched a year ago, sits on a 24-ac site beside Boden Park, on Rathfarnham's Scholarstown Road. When it is finished, the estate will consist of 244 three, four and five-bed contemporary-style houses and 70 apartments dotted around 2.8ac of landscaped open space. There are also plans for a new cycleway and an onsite creche.
The third phase at Scholarstown Wood consists of 26 properties in a variety of styles. Prices start at €445,000 for the cheapest mid-terrace three-bed style, rising to €570,000 for a four-bed semi-detached home and €715,000 for a five-bed detached house.
The front elevation of each timber-framed house is finished in a mix of render and a soft cream-coloured brick. Combined with the black-tiled roofs and grey window frames, the exteriors lend a sleek, modern appearance to the homes. Some of the properties incorporate a stepped-out floor-to-ceiling window on the first floor. Interior finishes in the homes also vary. The Kube kitchens in the four and five-beds are fitted with Silestone worktops, while the three-beds have laminate worktops. The living rooms have an opti-flame electric fire, apart from in the terraced styles, while the bedroom wardrobes are by Bedroom Elegance.
The A3-rated houses are heated by an A-rated gas-fired central heating system. Climote technology allows residents to remotely operate the heating and hot water via a smartphone app.
Meanwhile, the three-bed duplexes among the 13 properties that are going on sale as part of the second phase of Terenure Gate will especially appeal to downsizers eager to remain in Rathfarnham. They'll need deep pockets, though: prices for the duplexes start at €785,000. The same batch of homes also includes two-bed ground-floor apartments priced from €440,000, three-bed-plus-study, end-of-terrace houses selling for €895,000, and a three-bed gate lodge at the entrance to the development, which is asking €700,000.
Terenure Gate, which will also likely draw in trader-uppers, is being built on the site of a 19th-century Presentation convent that was illegally razed to the ground during the boom by developer Laurence Keegan of Kimpton Vale. After Keegan was fined €1,000 and the property market recovered, Kimpton Vale began building 51 homes on the site.
The site's period heritage is reflected in the design of the properties. The façades of the timber-framed homes are a mix of red brick and render, with sash windows, and granite stone windowsills and reveals. The custom-designed fitted kitchens from Bedroom Elegance come with classic painted wood doors. Wardrobes were also supplied by Bedroom Elegance.
Passive house principles were adopted to future-proof the Terenure Gate homes and reduce energy demands. Heating at the A-rated properties is provided by a condensing gas boiler and is controlled by a Nest smart thermostat.
Viewings at Terenure Gate will be held between 11am and 1pm tomorrow, and from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday.
Scholarstown Wood will be on view from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Enquiries to: DNG New Homes (01) 4912600.