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Moving up in the world in Dublin 3

Family homes over three floors with city views are on the market from €770,000 in Marino, Dublin 3


The Parkridge development at Fairview Terrace

The Parkridge development at Fairview Terrace

The kitchen/dining area

The kitchen/dining area


The Parkridge development at Fairview Terrace

Some areas in Dublin fared better than others during the rough years of the recession. Among them was Marino in Dublin 3, where interest in property never waned.

The close proximity to the city, the Dart and Clontarf are obvious attractions, but locals say it’s the sense of community that draws people in.

The former council houses, which were built on the garden village model, are now mostly privately owned with many extensively renovated.

The schools on Griffith Avenue are filled with kids from Marino, who walk across the road and branch off on their separate routes for the short walk home.

Everyone is catered for in the schools, with a junior school for younger children, a boys’ and girls’ primary school, and Ardscoil Rís is at the end of the avenue for secondary school boys. A few minutes up the road takes you to two girls’ secondary schools — Maryfield and Dominican College.

Anyone who has driven around the roads in the area can testify that space is at a premium, so it’s surprising to many that there are currently eight new houses for sale at the Parkridge development at 9-16 Fairview Terrace. To maximise the space available, Halcyon Homes have built up instead of out. The terraced houses are set over three floors and have four bedrooms.

With a floor area of between 1,808sq ft and 2,260sq ft, they would be ideal for anyone looking for a family home in the area who doesn’t want to take on a renovation.

They have a traditional brick façade so as not to clash with nearby properties and have two well-concealed balconies on the second floor with views out over the city. Prices range from €770,000 for the mid-terrace, up to €825,000 for the largest end-of-terrace home.

On the ground floor is the open-plan living area, with kitchen to the back. There are sliding doors between the two areas, if two separate rooms are required at any point.

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The kitchen/dining area

The kitchen/dining area

The kitchen/dining area

There is also a guest WC on this floor. Up on the first floor there are three en suite bedrooms, and the top floor is taken over by the master bedroom, which is also en suite. There is a balcony to the front of the house and a smaller one to the back, so you can follow the sun as the day goes by.

The dimensions on the ground floor feel generous, thanks to the high ceilings and clean layout. The kitchens are by BeSpace and painted in graphite. A herringbone floor has been laid on the ground floor of the houses and carpets on the stairs and upper levels.

The bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, also by Be Space, and all ceilings and walls have been painted in neutral colours.

The fittings in the bathrooms are by Sonas, where you’ll also find heated towel rails and high-quality tiling. All en suite bathrooms have a wet room-type shower.

The space to the front of the house is railed and there’s parking at each property. To the back is a small, fenced garden with synthetic grass. Each home is pre-wired for TV and broadband providers, with multiple points around the house. All upper floor windows are protected with motion sensors.

Although they’ve just been released on to the market, interest is already high, with two of the mid-terrace units gone sale agreed. No 9 to No 15 are ready for occupation, while the largest, No 16, is due to be finished next month.

Viewings are by appointment through DNG (01) 4912600.

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