Saturday 25 May 2019

Location, location, location: Final phase of Drumcondra build

Grace Park Wood Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Asking price: €500,000-€590,000

Agent: Savills New Homes (01) 618 1300

One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms
The exterior view of Grace Park Wood
The kitchen diner

When Grace Park Wood was launched in Drumcondra in 2017, prospective buyers queued up outside in the rain with their deposits in hand. After all, new residential developments in the leafy northside suburb are as rare as hens' teeth.

Almost two years after that launch, sales at Grace Park Wood are poised to wrap up with release this weekend of the third and final phase of the development. When construction is completed, Grace Park Wood will comprise of 123 homes, all set within 2.7 acres of landscaped parkland that incorporate the site's mature redwood and oak trees. The scheme is close to historic buildings such as the neighbouring Drumcondra Castle, which dates back to the 16th century.

As well as its setting, the development has proven popular because of its location: it is situated just off the eponymous Grace Park Road, adjacent to Griffith Avenue, in a suburb prized for its period red-brick houses on tree-lined streets. The developer, Castlethorn Construction, bought the site in 2014 from the Rosminian order for more than €9.5m in 2014.

There will be a slew of house types among the 19 houses going on release this weekend. Prices start at €500,000 for the three-bed houses, with the smallest being the 1,110-sq ft Chestnut, which comes with a garage and is available as a mid-terraced or end-of-terrace design. The Elm style of three-bed is also mid-terraced and measures 1,152 sq ft, while the Blackthorn is a mid-terraced type with a floor area of 1,241 sq ft. Buyers of the Elm and Chestnut house types can avail of the help-to-buy tax rebate scheme.

The four-bed houses, meanwhile, are priced from €590,000. There are two different four-bed designs in the last tranche at Grace Park Wood: the Juniper, a mid-terraced house type spanning 1,323 sq ft, and the Hawthorn, an end-of-terrace style measuring 1,485 sq ft. There is also one five-bed from the Alder range available. The latter spans 2,002 sq ft, is priced from €760,000, and fronts on to the parkland.

The O'Mahony Pike-designed homes at Grace Park Wood have a brick facade and PVC double-glazed windows. The front driveway is paved with permeable cobblelock, and there is a garden with a flag-paved patio to the rear of each home.

At the Blackthorn house type, double doors connect the front living room with the kitchen/diner. A single-storey extension to back of the kitchen/diner houses an informal family room with a set of French doors that opens on to the patio and garden. A guest lavatory and a utility room complete the downstairs accommodation. On the first floor, there are three bedrooms, including a master ensuite, as well as the main bathroom.

All the house types have extra-high ceilings to the ground floor, a choice of two interior paint colours, and brushed chrome ironmongery throughout. The kitchens at the three-beds are in a matte handleless style while the four-bed and five-bed styles have kitchen units made from solid oak. Buyers of both the three-beds and four-beds have a choice of stone grey or cashmere colours for their kitchens, which will also be fitted with Carrara quartz worktops. Bosch appliances are included in the three and four-beds, with Neff appliances to the sole five-bed available, as long as contracts are signed and returned within 21 days.

The bathrooms and ensuites are fitted with sanitaryware and Porcelanosa tiles, while the bedrooms come with fitted wardrobes with dark walnut interiors.

The A3-rated homes have roof-mounted Kingspan solar panels to heat domestic water, while the gas-fired central heating can be controlled from three different zones within each house.

Commuters from Grace Park Wood can reach the city centre, which is 3km away, from the train station at Drumcondra or the from the Clontarf Dart station. The scheme is also close to amenities such as Croke Park, the National Botanic Gardens and DCU.

The three showhouses at Grace Park Wood will reopen this weekend and will be on view from 11am to 1pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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