Buyers seeking a property with an ecclesiastical twist may find the answer to their prayers in the form of Park House, a development at a former Christian Brothers retirement home in the north Dublin suburb of Baldoyle.
Eight two and three-bed apartments and own-door units will be created within the protected structure itself, which sits on a site known as St Mary's on Dublin Street. These apartments which will form the second phase of Park House later this year are being designed by Ferreira Architects.
The first phase, however, is a more contemporary tranche of two and three-storey townhouses - some of which come with carports - set amid landscaped grounds behind the erstwhile retirement home.
Park House - so named after the nearby Baldoyle Park - is being developed by Homeland Projects, led by husband-and-wife team Neil and Aoife Collins. The company specialises in restoring protected structures and developing new builds on their grounds. Last year, the pair transformed Bolton Hall House, a 19th-century building in Rathfarnham, and surrounded it with a contemporary development of four-bed new-builds with design elements echoing those of the main house. The couple also restored nearby Silveracre, a Regency house, and constructed seven high-end properties on the two-acre site.
The scale of Park House, close to Portmarnock strand, pales in comparison to Silverbanks in Baldoyle, which launched a year ago on Red Arches Road and will comprise 210 houses and apartments when it's completed. But the new enclave will appeal to buyers seeking new builds with a unique design and heritage.
The townhouse styles at Park House are all named after thoroughbred horses that raced at Baldoyle Racecourse in the late 19th century. There are four types of three-bed townhouses, the Arkle and the Newcomen being the most common. Prices start at €465,000 for the Arkle, a three-storey townhouse that measures 1,308 sq ft, and range up to €505,000 for the two-storey, 1,410-sq ft Newcomen. Of the 10 townhouses released last weekend, five are still for sale.
At the Arkle, a hallway leading from the carport on the ground floor leads to a WC, a storage room, and eventually opens out on to a kitchen/diner/lounge. The contemporary-style kitchen units are supplied by Cawley's Furniture.
A set of glass doors opens from the rear lounge area to a south-facing back garden and paved patio. A utility room completes the ground floor accommodation.
On the first floor, there are both south-facing and north-facing terraces, as well as a family room and an ensuite bedroom, while the second floor is home to two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. All the bedrooms come with built-in wardrobes from Cawley's Furniture, while the bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitary ware, tiling, and heated towel rails.
Other interior finishes throughout the properties include painted shaker-style doors and brushed chrome ironmongery. The houses have an A3 BER rating.
Commuters with small families will likely be attracted to Park House - it is close to local schools. Park House is a five-minute walk from Sutton Dart station. Dublin Airport is 15 minutes.
Viewings will be held between 12.30pm and 2.30pm on Wednesday or by appointment.