New home view: Ropery will lasso Silicon Dockers
The Ropery Ringsend, Dublin 4
Asking price: €730,000-€760,000
Agent: Owen Reilly New Homes (01) 677 7100
For centuries, ships arriving from across the Irish Sea would dock at Ringsend. By the 19th century, the area was home to a slew of factories that made the ropes that enabled the seamen to trim the sails and set anchor.
Because rope-making involved twisting long strands of hemp together, roperies required long, narrow sites. And it is on one of these strips, now in the heart of the Silicon Docks, that The Ropery was built.
This heritage inspired the name of The Ropery, a terrace of nine uber-contemporary three and four-bed townhouses fronting onto Gordon Street, which is situated off South Lotts Road, beside the Gasworks apartment complex.
Such a central location, between Grand Canal Dock and Beggar's Bush, is a rarity for new-build family-sized homes in Dublin. Since the G2 Construction development launched in November, six of the properties have been sold. The buyers to date have been a mix of investors and trader-uppers who work in the Docklands - presumably at less manual jobs than the dockers who once plied their trade at the site.
All three remaining properties at The Ropery are three-bed homes, with the cheapest home - a 1,033 sq ft townhouse - priced from €730,000. Prices rise to €740,000 for an end-of-terrace design measuring 1,055 sq ft, while an end-of-terrace three-bed-plus-study showhouse spans 1,184 sq ft and costs from €760,000.
The sleek façade of each house is finished in bespoke Italian brick, with cedar cladding to the first-floor elevation and self-coloured render to the rear. The slate-grey front door is flanked by soft landscaping. NorDan Vindeur supplied the hardwood front door, which matches the alu-clad high-performance double-glazed windows from NorDan.
Unlike the three-storey four-beds, the two-storey three-beds have all their sleeping accommodation and their main bathroom on the ground floor, with the master ensuite opening onto a south-facing granite-paved patio. At the end-of-terrace showhouse, the extra space allows for a study on the ground floor, which has 9ft-high ceilings.
The architects, Francis Street-based Pierce and Associates, flipped the accommodation so that the living quarters and kitchen are on the first floor, where floor-to-ceiling glazing and glass doors allow in more light than they would on the ground floor and give prospective residents views of the gasometer. The NorDan Vindeur sliding glazed screens lead out from this living/dining space to a second enclosed terrace, this time laid out with low-maintenance artificial grass.
At two of the remaining three-beds, there is a separate kitchen. Like all the styles at The Ropery, the kitchen is all contemporary clean lines, with handle-less, high-gloss units and Silestone quartz worktops from Athena Kitchens, under-cabinet LED lighting, and integrated appliances from Siemens and Electrolux. The under-counter basin has a polished-chrome mono-block tap, and the kitchen comes with a gas supply in case the new owners want a gas hob for cooking.
There is grey porcelain floor and wall tiling to the bathrooms and ensuites, with mosaic tiles to the wet-room areas in the ground-floor ensuites. The bathrooms and ensuites are also fitted with Sonas sanitaryware and chrome heated towel rails, while the bathroom has hardwood painted panels to the bath. There is an oak finish to the interiors of the high-gloss bedroom wardrobes and to the timber flooring throughout the living area.
PV panels on the roof of the A3-rated properties generate top-up electricity supplies, and a high-efficiency gas boiler powers the heating and hot water. An Aereco demand-controlled ventilation system provides constant ventilation to the bathroom, ensuites and the kitchen.
Each home at The Ropery comes with a parking space, but given the development's location, residents are likely to get more use out of the on-site bicycle stands. Grand Canal Dock is a two-minute cycle away, while St Stephen's Green is a six-minute cycle.
Viewings are by appointment.