New home: Premium storage in these apartments at Crofton Hall
Crofton Hall Castleknock, Dublin 15
Asking price: €265,000-€465,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888
Since the 1970s, Park Developments has been responsible for a slew of housing estates in Castleknock, including Bramley Wood, Carpenterstown Park and Luttrellstown Park.
In 2015, as the recovery in the property market took off in earnest from the crash, Park Developments launched a scheme called Hamilton Park off the Carpenterstown Road, beside St Patrick's National School. Since then, more than 280 houses and apartments have been sold at Hamilton Park, which is laid out around five acres of green space.
When the developer released two apartment blocks, Orchard Hall and Bramley Hall in 2017, sales were dominated by first-time buyers and local downsizers. The same cohorts showed up again last weekend for the launch of Crofton Hall, a new block of 53 one, two and three-bed apartments. Prices at the block range from €265,000 to €285,000 for a one-bed, from €320,000 to €400,000 for a two-bed, and from €425,000 to €465,000 for a three-bed unit.
Of the first 33 apartments released at Crofton Hall at the weekend, 10 are still for sale. Nine of them are two-bed units and there is a single one-bed apartment left. Annual management fees range from €971 for a one-bed to €1,789 for a two-bed home, but both styles can command average rents of €1,800 and €2,000 a month, respectively.
Designed by O'Mahony Pike Architects, Crofton Hall is set out over four floors and finished in a mix of grey brick and white render, with triple-glazed alu-clad windows from Rationale throughout and zinc-covered lobbies to each entrance to the block.
All the apartments, which are already complete, come with a balcony. In the underground car park, there are bicycle storage racks, and owners of a one or two-bed apartment are allocated one parking space apiece.
Inside each unit, there is a high-gloss custom-designed kitchen from Nolan Kitchens. It comes with quartz countertops, a breakfast bar, under-cabinet lighting and built-in appliances such as an oven, a hob, a fridge-freezer and a dishwasher.
There's also a separate utility room with fitted units, a contemporary-style countertop, shelving and a washer-dryer. The floors of both the kitchen and the utility room have glazed porcelain tiles.
Unlike many a boom-era apartment developments, there is plenty of storage at Crofton Hall: along with the utility room, there is a large hot press in all units and a store room for some of the apartments.
All the bedrooms at Crofton Hall are doubles and fitted with wardrobes supplied by Brogan Jordan. Rather than just a shower room, the master ensuite has a fully fitted bathroom with mirrored vanity units. There is also a second bathroom in each apartment and it's fitted with storage units and quartz countertops from Brogan Jordan. Both the main bathroom and the ensuite come with Grohe showers, shower screens, heated chrome towel rails and extensive wall and floor tiling.
Each apartment is fully painted throughout, is fitted with a security intercom system, and has either an A2 or A3 BER. The homes have a highly efficient boiler for the thermostatically-controlled gas-fired central heating and are equipped with a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system that enables a constant supply of fresh air. PV panels on the roof of Crofton Hall harness the sun's energy to generate electricity for each apartment.
Crofton Hall is about 11km from Dublin city centre, but the Coolmine train station that has a rail service to the city is just a 15-minute walk away from the development. The number 37 bus route to Aston Quay also serves the scheme, leaving every 20 minutes at peak times. Castleknock Village is a five-minute drive away.
Viewings of Crofton Hall's two show-apartments, which were fitted out by Eily Roe Interiors and Interiors Atelier, continue tomorrow from 11am to 1pm.