Levmoss gets a makeover
Levmoss Park at The Gallops, Leopardstown, Dublin 18
Asking price: €520,000-€550,000
Agent: Savills New Homes (01) 618 1300
Once a sleepy backwater on the edge of the Dublin mountains, The Gallops in Leopardstown was one of the longest running residential schemes in south Dublin, with Michael Cotter's Park Developments first selling three-bed semis there in 1990. But the timing of construction on the final phase of the site, Levmoss Park, was inauspicious.
Among the first tranche launched at Levmoss Park in 2006 were five-bed terraced houses with eye-watering price tags of €1.15m. Those that weren't sold were rented out during the ensuing property crash and the passage of time has seen the five-beds relaunched at half the price of their boom-era launch. Eight of these five-beds, priced from €520,000 to €550,000, go back on the market this weekend, though three have already been snapped up. While the selling agent says the houses are in good condition and have been touched up for sale, some buyers may choose to update interior finishes. The most likely purchasers will be trader-uppers or affluent first-time buyers, the agent added.
Levmoss Park is set amidst extensively landscaped grounds to the rear of The Gallops, on Levmoss Avenue. The development was named after Levmoss, the Irish racehorse who won the Ascot Gold Cup and Prix de L'arc de Triomphe in 1969. The thoroughbred was trained at the site of the scheme by the late Séamus McGrath before Park Developments began building there a quarter of a century ago.
The five-bed homes at Levmoss Park come with 2,115 sq ft of space laid out over three floors. Unusually, the front door is to the first floor, up a flight of steps. On this level, there is a living room with space for a formal dining area, an ensuite double bedroom and a main bathroom.
The second floor has a master ensuite - depending on the property chosen, this room commands views over the vast communal green and towards the Dublin Mountains. Also on the top floor are two double bedrooms, a single bedroom and another bathroom. On the ground floor, there is a sitting room up front and an open-plan kitchen/dining room to the rear with double doors leading out to a private garden. Also located on this level is a separate utility, a downstairs WC and some clever storage space. There is a separate entrance on the ground floor for tasks like unloading shopping. Outside, there are two designated parking spaces for each house.
The kitchens were custom designed and have an integrated oven, hob, microwave, extractor hood, dishwasher and fridge-freezer, as well as floor and wall tiling and recessed ceiling downlighters. There are built-in ivory and beech wardrobes in the bedrooms, while the bathrooms and ensuites feature white sanitary ware with chrome fittings and extensive wall and floor tiling.
Because Levmoss Park is more than a decade old, its energy efficiency is a tad lower than that of freshly-built schemes, so the properties have a BER of B3 to B1 and the central heating is by natural gas. The Leopardstown Shopping Centre, which has a Dunnes Stores, Costa Coffee, pharmacy, dry cleaners, hairdressers and crèche, is just a five-minute walk away from Levmoss Park, as is the nearest Luas stop and the Holy Trinity national school. To the left of the green space at the front of Levmoss Park are tennis courts, a playground and an open-air gym. The M50 is very close to the development and can be accessed via exits 14 and 15.
Viewing of the new showhouse at Levmoss Park is by appointment.