In the shadow of Yeats
New scheme in the grounds of the house named after poet's final home
The leafy grounds of Riversdale House, a listed building on Butterfield Avenue in Rathfarnham, are the setting for an eponymous new scheme of 10 detached houses. The rear of the site overlooks the banks of the 16-mile river Dodder and the front is dominated by the old grand dame herself, earmarked to be restored to a former grandeur.
Riversdale House shares its name with an 18th century farmhouse less than a mile away on Ballyboden Road - this better-known property was the final home of poet W B Yeats, where he lived with his wife and children from 1932 and met suffragette Maud Gonne, his muse, for the very last time. The house came to worldwide attention in 2000, when protestors campaigned to save it from being demolished to make room for apartments.
The developer of the new Riversdale estate at Butterfield Avenue, where a fresh entrance has been created, is Bushnell Investments, which is behind Blackberry Hill in Carrickmines and is currently on site at Neptune House, a Georgian villa in Blackrock that will be home to apartments with the original house and houses on its grounds.
Prices at Riversdale start at €775,000 for the two-storey four-bed type, which extends over 1,776 sq ft, and at €875,000 for the five-bed version, where accommodation spans 2,659 sq ft over three floors.
There is also one three-bed detached property, which measures 1,518 sq ft and is priced from €725,000. The latter may be snapped up by a buyer seeking to trade down from a larger property in the immediate environs, the agent said. The exteriors of the five-beds in the scheme are traditional in style, reminiscent of a late Edwardian red-brick, with cream render on the top half of the façade, complemented by red brick both to the bottom half.
In house type A, the main five-bed style (there is also a 2,680-sq ft corner style called the A1), there is a bay window off the front living room and a slate canopy over the black front door that is flanked by glass panelling.
A walled Juliet balcony leads off the master bedroom on the first floor to the front of the home. Also on the ground floor of the five-beds are a guest WC and a cloakroom, a separate utility room with access to the side passage and an open-plan kitchen/dining area with a separate lounge area to the rear.
On the first floor, the main bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobes, and there are also two more bedrooms and a family bathroom on this level. The second floor is home to another bathroom, a fourth bedroom, an office, a storage area, and a fifth bedroom that has been styled as a games room/teenagers' den in the showhouse.
The exterior of the type B four-beds has a more contemporary design, with a first-floor terrace off a bedroom protruding over the living room window and front door. On the ground floor, the kitchen and dining space is to the side instead of the rear, where the lounge is located.
Each house has a landscaped front garden with parking to accommodate two cars. The back garden comes with a paved patio area. The properties have classic fitted kitchens with painted units and integrated appliances and tiling.
There is designer flooring to both the hall and living room, where there is also a fireplace with a sealed wood-burning fire.
The Riversdale houses have an A3 BER and are within walking distance of Rathfarnham Village and Bushy Park.
Viewings at the two showhouses at Riversdale will be held between 2pm-4pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Asking price: €725,000-€ 1m
Agent: DNG New Homes (01) 4912610