Monday 18 November 2019

New home view: Child's play in north Dublin

Cedarview Santry, Dublin 9

Asking price: €465,000-€615,000

Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402

New playground
New playground
Cedarview living room

Gabrielle Monaghan

Santry Court was a palatial red-brick house and estate built in 1703 for the 3rd Lord Barry of Santry, who belonged to an ancient Protestant Cork family that was given land in the north Dublin area.

The mansion came into the possession of the State in 1937 and there were plans to restore it and use it as a mental hospital. But the advent of World War II put paid to those plans, and the need to boost security around Dublin Airport meant Santry Court was used as an army depot, and part of its classical gardens served as a firing range. A fire damaged Santry Court in 1947, and the property was finally demolished in 1959.

However, its estate, Santry Demesne, was turned into a 90-acre regional park, one that incorporates a 15-ac liner park along the banks of the river Santry and the former mansion's foundations, front steps, and its walled garden, which is now a community garden.

In September 2018, the Cosgrave Group launched Cedarview, a 104-house scheme located off Northwood Avenue, a new road that meanders along Santry Demesne's parklands. Because of its location in Northwood, in the heart of the demesne and beside the Santry River Park, the scheme has access to a slew of amenities. Cedarview's own communal landscaping has matured nicely since its launch, and there's a new playground.

Cedarview living room
Cedarview living room

Now the Cosgraves are following up with a new phase of 18 homes. Three showhouses will open for the first time today to market three new house types, namely the Yew, the Oak and the Elm.

Prices in the latest tranche start at €465,000 for the Ash, a three-bed-plus-study design that, at 1,540 sq ft, is much larger than most freshly-built three-beds. The Oak is the same size as the Ash, but has a fourth bedroom instead of a study and costs from €480,000. The Elm is an even larger four-bed, with 1,717 sq ft of space, and is priced from €550,000, while the Yew is a 2,217-sq ft five-bed costing from €615,000.

The front elevations of the concrete-built houses are finished in a combination of red brick and render, and there is granite to the sills and surrounds of the high-performance UPVC windows. There are two parking spaces out front, though residents can also hire a GoCar at the nearby Gullivers Retail Park at Bridgefield. Each home is wired for an electric car charging point.

One of the more unusual and practical features of the homes at Cedarview is a specially designed service enclosure outside the back that houses the boiler, water tank and water booster pump, thereby saving on internal space and staving off any potential water damage should a leak ever occur in the future. The garden itself is fully planted and has a shed fitted with lights and sockets.

While the Elm and the Oak are laid out over two storeys, the Yew has three floors of accommodation, with a contemporary take on a dormer window protruding from the top floor. Inside, there is a formal living room up front - in addition to the entertainment room on the first floor that would make an ideal space for teenagers to hang out. To the rear is a large kitchen/dining/family room with a kitchen island. Sliding glass doors open from this space onto a patio that spans the entire width of the house and makes a nice area for entertaining. The Cosgraves have even taken our damp climate into account - one wall beside the patio is wired for an electric awning.

There's also a utility room and a guest WC on the ground floor. As well as the entertainment room, the first floor is home to two bedrooms and a family bathroom. The second floor, meanwhile, has a master ensuite with a walk-in wardrobe, a shower room, and two further bedrooms, one of which could be used as a study.

Cawleys Furniture has fitted the houses with a shaker-style kitchen in light grey and with Vermount quartz countertops. The kitchen also comes with appliances, while the utility has a worktop, a sink, cupboards and a washing machine and dryer. Cawleys also supplied the light-grey bedroom wardrobes, which are from its Shadow Deluxe range.

Cedarview's proximity to the M50 and the M1 means the city centre is within a 30-minute drive from the development. The showhouses are on view from 1pm to 2pm today and 2.30pm to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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