The vast apartment landscape in the south Dublin suburb of Dundrum is expanding rapidly, with hundreds of units in planning or under development.
Hammerson, the UK property group that owns half of Dundrum Town Centre, will be developing 107 build-to-rent apartments beside the shopping centre and Marlet Property Group is building as many as 142 apartments at its Walled Garden scheme off Wyckham Way. Earlier this year, it was reported that developer Lioncor was considering building 730 apartments on Dundrum lands once owned by the Carmelite order.
On the sales market, a more modest scheme is launching this month off Sandyford Road. Stockwell, an infill scheme comprising eight one, two and three-bed own-door apartments and duplexes, is located between the Parkvale and Dun Emer housing estates, where it's only a five-minute walk to both the Dundrum Town Centre and the Balally Stop on the Luas Green line.
Stockwell was developed on a 0.32-acre site, purchased a year ago for €1.4m, by Cross Project Finance, a property and investment business led by Eamon and Shane Conneely. Its show-unit was fitted out by Ventura Design.
There are four one-bed apartments for sale at Stockwell; these range in size from 592 sq ft to 642 sq ft, with prices starting at €399,950. The development's sole two-bed apartment spans 912 sq ft and costs from €499,950 and the two two-bed duplexes, which have 1,112 sq ft of living space across the first and second floors, are priced from €625,000 apiece. Meanwhile, the three-bed duplex, which is also arranged across the first and second floors, extends over 1,205 sq ft - the size of many a new-build three-bed semi-detached house - and is selling for €655,000.
Designed by O'Dwyer Associates Architects, the low-rise apartment building is finished in a combination of yellow brick and white render. There are dormer windows to the dark-grey zinc roof and energy-efficient, double-glazed PVC windows and doors throughout.
Out front, there is allocated parking for 12 cars and plenty of green space. The parking spaces are each pre-wired for an electric car charging point and there are also bicycle parking facilities to one side of the development. To the rear of the building is a communal green.
All the apartments and duplexes have private open space in the form of a terrace or a balcony. Inside, each home has an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room and internal storage space. No 8, the three-bed duplex, has a separate living room that opens on to a first-floor corner terrace with glazed balustrades. Off the living room is a kitchen/diner and there is also a guest WC and an ensuite bedroom on this level. A set of stairs leads to the second floor, where there is a bedroom with a dormer window, another bedroom, and a bathroom. All the homes are fitted with painted shaker-style kitchens that come with solid quartz countertops, a backsplash, soft-close doors and drawers, and a built-in telescopic extractor fan. The main bathroom has vanity units and concealed cisterns and both the bathroom and the ensuites have Spanish tiling and chrome-plated taps.
The Stockwell homes have both an A2 energy rating and are compliant with the new Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standards. Each one is fitted with an air-source heat pump and a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system.
For buyers who plan on continuing to work from home, the apartments are wired for high-speed broadband and there are USB charging points throughout.
Lunch breaks can be spent in the many parks in the area - the entrance to Ballawley Park is 300m away from Stockwell and Marlay Park is a five-minute drive away.
For families, the Airfield Estate, which features a working farm, a restaurant and cafe, is just a few minutes' drive from Stockwell.
For commuters, the scheme is 2km from the nearest junction on the M50, while the 44 bus stops outside the development.
Viewings are by appointment.
The Orchard, an enclave of nine homes with sea views in Greystones, is being built on a site that once belonged to an orchard demesne in Delgany. This heritage is recalled in the names of the nine houses, which are called after a native Irish apple tree that will form the centrepiece of each garden.