'Gate expectations: The Rush residences with seaside appeal
Knightsgate Rush, Co Dublin
Asking price: €330,000-€395,000
Agent: REA Grimes (01) 849 0129
In the early 16th century, Kenure, a wooded estate that dominated the Rush landscape, was owned by the Earl of Ormond. A grand house that was built on the land in 1703 was destroyed by fire in 1827, so the Palmer family, Kenure's then-owners, commissioned English architect George Papworth to design a larger mansion in its place.
By 1964, Colonel Roderick Henry Fenwick-Palmer, the last of his family to live at Kenure House, was unsuccessfully battling rising costs, damp and dry rot, so he sold the Big House and the estate to the Irish Land Commission. Some of the land went to local horticulturists, other parts were reserved for council housing, and Kenure House went to Dublin County Council.
The Kenure estate briefly enjoyed a new lease of life in the mid-1960s, when it was used as the setting for three films, including Ten Little Indians and Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon. But, unable to find a buyer for the dilapidated and vandalised mansion, the council demolished the house in 1978. Protestors and campaigners managed to save Papworth's portico, which is all that remains of the grand house.
Near the former Kenure estate, Glenveagh Properties is building 129 homes in a development called Knightsgate, which is launching this weekend.
Knightsgate is located beside Kenure Gate, a scheme set within three acres of former market gardens that Merrion Homes launched last summer.
As part of Knightsgate, which is off Brook Lane, a new access road is being completed from the development to a freshly-finished Tesco and to the centre of Rush.
The first phase of Knightsgate consists of 36 three-bed houses aimed at first-time buyers availing of the help-to-buy scheme.
Most of the properties are three-bed semi-detached homes from the Sanderling range and are priced from €330,000.
There are also two extended three-bed semis from the Moorhen style that cost from €365,000 and two three-bed detached houses from the Kestrel design that are priced from €395,000.
Externally, the houses have a half-brick, half-render facade, UPVC windows with grey exterior frames, and a grey composite front door with side glazing and a five-point locking system.
There is enough space for two cars in the paved front driveway, while the back garden is enclosed by post-and-panel fencing.
The three-bed semis measure 1,235 sq ft, while the extended three-bed semis and the detached homes are a tad larger, at 1,350 sq ft and 1,333 sq ft, respectively, because they feature an additional room to the front of the ground floor that can be used as a playroom or a spare bedroom.
All the styles have an open-plan kitchen and dining area, with full-width French doors opening on to the rear garden.
The kitchen, which is supplied by BeSpace, is contemporary by design and is fitted with soft-close doors and drawers, a feature island, an upstand, and an extractor fan.
All the double-glazed windows are two-toned, so they have white interior frames. In the living room, the windows are floor-to-ceiling, thereby maximising the flow of natural light.
The master bedroom and second bedroom come with shaker-style fitted wardrobes.
The contemporary-style bathroom, ensuite and guest WC are fitted with sanitaryware, and there is tiling to the floors and wet areas.
The A-rated homes, which are equipped with an air-to-water heat pump for the heating system, are just a few minutes' walk from the centre of the seaside village and its harbour. Knightsgate is 2.5km away from the Rush/Lusk train station, from where there is a commuter train with 20 departures a day to Grand Canal Dock. Rush is 26km from Dublin city centre and 18km from Dublin Airport.
The Knightsgate showhouse will be on view from 11am to 1pm tomorrow and Sunday.