Tuesday 16 July 2019

New home view: Sanctuary sits south of the Liffey

An Tearmann Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Asking price: €650,000-€715,000

Agent: Quillsen (01) 406 4500

The dining room joins the kitchen to the living room at An Tearmann, Palmerstown, Dublin 20.
The dining room joins the kitchen to the living room at An Tearmann, Palmerstown, Dublin 20.
An Tearmann, Palmerstown, D20.
The rear garden at An Tearmann.
The kitchen at An Tearmann.

Gabrielle Monaghan

Waterstown Park near Palmerstown village, just south of Dublin's Strawberry Beds, was a family farm until the 1980s. South Dublin County Council acquired the land and began to develop and landscape the site, planting trees and creating a cycling and walking track along the south bank of the Liffey.

The park, which officially opened to the public in 2009, is covered by the Liffey Valley Special Amenity Area Order, making it one of the most ecologically important parks in Dublin. It contains eight distinct habitats and is home to some 300 species of plants, animals, birds and insects.

Beside Waterstown Park and Palmerstown Village sits An Tearmann, one of the first new housing developments in the locality in the post-economic recovery era, according to the selling agent. The infill development, which is being built on what was previously a commercial yard, is nestled on a cul-de-sac on Waterstown Avenue.

An Tearmann - the Irish name for "the sanctuary" - is made of up six four-bed detached homes, each with 1,962 sq ft of living space spread across three floors. Indeed, the master bedrooms on the top floor of each home command views of the clock tower at the Farmleigh Estate in the nearby Phoenix Park. Prices start at €650,000, rising to €715,000 for the showhouse.

Each house has a rendered façade, a bright yellow front door with side glazing and a canopy, and grey-framed alu-clad windows from Munster Joinery. The front driveway is accessed from a set of gates and there is park fencing with landscaping to the boundary. The property is wired for an electric car charging point.

Inside, the ground floor has 2.7m-high ceilings and is almost entirely open-plan. Instead of a front living room, there is a dual-aspect kitchen/dining/living space. The kitchen area is to the front, while the rear living area has a bank of glazing and double doors that span almost the entire width of the house. These double doors open onto a patio with permeable paving and a sizeable city garden enclosed by block walls.

The bespoke solid ash painted kitchen, supplied by Ornan Kitchens and Wardrobes, comes with an island unit that doubles as a breakfast bar and quartz marble worktops. Also on the ground floor is a guest lavatory and a separate utility room that's been fitted with countertops and shelves and is plumbed and wired for a washer/dryer.

Off the first-floor landing are three double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Most of the third floor, meanwhile, is occupied by the master bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite, and views across to Farmleigh.

The A3-rated homes at An Tearmann are equipped with an ultra-efficient Daikin air-to-water heat pump system that powers the heating.

The scheme will prove particularly attractive to buyers commuting to Dublin city centre, which is less than 10km away. The area is served by bus routes 25, 66 and 67, while the train station at Park West and Cherry Orchard is less than a ten-minute drive away.

The city centre is a 20-minute drive when traffic is quiet. The N4/M50 interchange and Chapelizod Bypass are nearby, as is the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

The showhouse at An Tearmann will be on view from 12pm to 1pm tomorrow.

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