Monday 21 January 2019

New home view: Lofty approach to scheme

Northwood Green, Santry, Dublin 9 Asking price: €375,000-€460,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318 402

The kitchen at Northwood Green
The kitchen at Northwood Green
The exterior of the three-bed terrace-style properties in Santry

Archive footage on YouTube from the 1960s shows suited men and head-scarfed women bringing their children to play among the ruins of Santry Court, a once-palatial house built in the early 19th century by the Barrys, a Protestant family from Cork who were given land there and became the Lords of Santry.

The house, once the largest in north Co Dublin, fell into disrepair at the turn of the 20th century as the estate lost its economically viability. When the Domville family, who had married into the Barry family, left Ireland after independence in 1921, the state assumed ownership of Santry Demesne. But plans to turn it into a mental asylum were shelved when the advent of World War II meant the estate had to be used as an army depot to boost security around nearby Dublin Airport. A post-war fire damaged the house, which was then left derelict.

These days, Santry Demesne is a 90-ac public park, though remnants of its history linger on in the form of a Georgian boating lake, walled gardens, and the foundations and front steps of the old house.

Beside the expanse of Santry Demesne lies Northwood Green, a development of 32 three and four-bed houses that is being released to the market for the first time today. The scheme is set amid manicured lawns and will have its own residents' park and playground, with plans afoot for 30 one, two and three-bed apartments overlooking the latter space by the end of this year.

The exterior of the three-bed terrace-style properties in Santry
The exterior of the three-bed terrace-style properties in Santry

The developer behind Northwood Green is the Dublin Loft Company, which was responsible for Hanover Lofts and Oxmanstown Lofts, two apartment schemes in Grand Canal Dock and in Smithfield, respectively.

The initial tranche at Northwood Green is made up of 15 terraced properties, with prices starting at €375,000 for a three-bed style measuring 1,355 sq ft, known as the Ashwood. The four-bed Beechwood houses span 1,445 sq ft and cost from €415,000, while the four-bed-plus-study homes - from the Cherrywood range - have 1,807 sq ft of accommodation spread across three floors and are priced from €460,000.

At the two-storey Beechwood, there is a living room up front, a bathroom in the middle of the ground floor, and an open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge space to the rear with patio doors that open on to a back garden. Upstairs are four bedrooms fitted with wardrobes - including the master ensuite - and another bathroom. At the three-storey Cherrywood version, the main entrance is to one side of the property rather than to the front and there are three bedrooms - one of which is ensuite - on the first floor. The second floor is divided into a master ensuite and an attic room that could be used as a study.

The brick-fronted properties have white-framed picture windows, and two car spaces out front in the driveway, which is laid out in Kilsaran paving.

Inside, there is a bespoke fitted kitchen, by Cawley's Furniture, that comes with appliances and USB ports. The contemporary-style bedroom wardrobes are from Cawley's Furniture's Curragh Deluxe range.

The homes at Northwood Green have an A3 BER, thanks to features such as an A-rated gas condensing boiler for the central heating system.

Viewings at Northwood Green will be held today, from 12pm to 2pm, and will continue between 2.30pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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