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New home view: Whitebeam Hall apartments a chip off the old block

Clay Farm Leopardstown, Dublin 18 Price: €300,000-€460,000

Agent: Savills New Homes (01) 618 1300

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Modern vintage: Each apartment for sale in Clay Farm’s Whitebeam Hall has an open-plan living/dining room with French doors on to the balcony

Modern vintage: Each apartment for sale in Clay Farm’s Whitebeam Hall has an open-plan living/dining room with French doors on to the balcony

Modern vintage: Each apartment for sale in Clay Farm’s Whitebeam Hall has an open-plan living/dining room with French doors on to the balcony

Apartments at Clay Farm in Leopardstown have proven popular among first-time buyers who work at Microsoft's €134m headquarters, which opened in the south Dublin suburb in 2018 and includes five restaurants and a digital lake made up of 125,000 LEDs.

The tech giant, which employs some 2,000 people at One Microsoft Place, is just three Luas stops away from the Leopardstown Valley stop that sits opposite the entrance to Clay Farm. Microsoft employees, who bought at Clay Farm because of its short commute to work, generated word-of-mouth about the development to colleagues, according to the scheme's selling agent.

The first two apartment blocks at the Ballyogan Road development went on the market in October, two years after the first phase of houses was released at Clay Farm. When the scheme launched in September 2017, it was the largest housing development to go on the market in Dublin 18 since The Gallops across the road 27 years earlier.

Michael Cotter's Park Developments, which also developed The Gallops, is building some 1,000 houses and apartments at Clay Farm. While some apartments were earmarked for the private rented sector, there are six blocks of 138 units being built for public sale.

The latest block on the market is Whitebeam Hall, which was released just as the country was going into lockdown, with a ban on construction work and viewings. Ten of Whitebeam Hall's 24 apartments have been sold since then and viewings at the block, which is almost complete, have recommenced. Apartments in two further blocks will go on sale before early 2021, while a new phase of houses is due to be released at Clay Farm this July.

The southwest corner of Whitebeam Hall overlooks the 14-acre on-site eco-park that's due to be finished before the end of the month. The protected parkland has tracks and trailers for cyclists and hikers, and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is developing a greenway through the park, between Clay Farm and the Cruagh Wood and Stepaside Park estates, to encourage a shift away from cars.

There are still 14 units for sale at Whitebeam Hall, with starting prices for the one-beds ranging from €300,000 to €320,000. The two-beds range in price from €400,000 to €460,000. There is between 601 sq ft and 633 sq ft of living space in the one-beds, while the two-bed apartments measure between 918 sq ft and 1,016 sq ft. The façade of the block is finished in brick and render, with zinc-covered lobbies to the entrance cores and triple-glazed, alu-clad windows throughout.

Inside each apartment, French doors open from the open-plan living/kitchen/dining room on to a balcony or terrace with glazed balustrades.

The fitted kitchen supplied by Nolan Kitchens has quartz countertops, a breakfast bar and under-cabinet lighting. Integrated appliances are included in the kitchen if signed contracts are returned within 28 days.

There are glazed porcelain tiles, worktops and a washer-dryer to the  utility room, while the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes from Brogan Jordan. The main bathroom and the ensuite have extensive wall and floor tiling, chrome-heated towel rails, Grohe showers with screens, and sanitaryware. 

Clay Farm is on view by private appointment.

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