With institutional investors piling into Ireland's build-to-rent market, there are few new apartments in central Dublin that are available to owner-occupiers. Rarer still are fully furnished new show-units that well-heeled but busy professionals can buy and just lay down their hat.
One of the rare exceptions to this trend is Hanover Court. The scheme of 40 apartments at Grand Canal Dock was launched from two show-units in May 2019, with two more show-apartments opening in September.
Now that there are just 15 apartments left for sale - all which are two-beds after the one-bed and three-bed units sold out - three of Hanover Court's show-apartments have come on the market.
The apartments were fitted out by North Design, Sinead Moore of Interiors Atelier, and House & Garden Furnishings.
The three two-bed show-units cost €735,000, €750,000 and €798,000, respectively. In return for such hefty prices, prospective purchasers get a city-centre home with the interior designers' choice of flooring, beds, soft furnishings, cabinetry, window dressings, artwork and even the display delph.
Also still for sale are unfurnished apartments ranging in price from €675,000 to €800,000. The two-bed apartments measure between 861 sq ft and 1,109 sq ft. Hanover Court's location, at the heart of Silicon Docks, means that it has attracted staff from nearby Google, expats and investors with an eye on corporate tenants, the selling agent has said.
The apartments are to the rear of the Reflector building, which was built by Michael Cotter's Park Developments. The building's 124,000 sq ft of office space, which overlook Hanover Quay, has been sold for €153m to German property company Deka Immobilien.
The exteriors of the Hanover Court apartments are clad in a mix of brick, stone and glazing, with the latter incorporating high-performance triple-glazed windows. In addition to having their own balcony or terrace, residents get access to a ground-floor residential courtyard and a landscaped roof garden.
Inside each unit, the open-plan kitchen/dining area and the living area have floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise city views. French doors open from the kitchen area to a balcony with a glazed balustrade.
Nolan Kitchens supplied the sleek, custom-designed, high-gloss units to each fitted kitchen, which also comes with quartz countertops, recessed LED downlighters, an island unit and integrated Neff appliances such as an oven, a hob, an extractor hood, a fridge-freezer and a dishwasher. There is a washer-dryer and fitted units in the utility room.
The floors of both the kitchen and the utility room are tiled in glazed porcelain.
All the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes designed for Hanover Court by Brogan Jordan. The company also supplied the mirrored vanity units and quartz countertops in the bathrooms and ensuites, which also have extensive wall and floor tiling and surface-mounted LED lights.
The basement houses secure bicycle storage, bins and one allocated parking space per apartment. A video access control system is provided to facilitate visitors.
The A-rated apartments are part of a district heating system that supplies instant hot water, and residents can control the underfloor heating using an app. A heat recovery and ventilation system removes moist air from the kitchens, bathrooms and ensuites and uses a heat exchanger to warm the fresh air supply entering the living area and bedrooms.
Viewings take place between 1pm and 2pm every Thursday and are also held by appointment.