Friday 18 October 2019

Plush 'two-storey home' hides lower ground floor... and more

Amberley Court Blackrock, Co Dublin

Asking price: €1.05m

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 288 0088

Design du jour: Amberley Court has two reception rooms on the main floor
Design du jour: Amberley Court has two reception rooms on the main floor
The kitchen is a level below the two reception rooms
Amberley Court, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Gabrielle Monaghan

Three-storey homes are the design du jour for four-bed new-builds in South County Dublin. But at Amberley Court in Blackrock, the developers have gone for a modern take on the three-storey-over-basement period style, with two reception rooms on the main floor and a kitchen on the lower ground floor.

The scheme, located on the leafy suburb's Stillorgan Park Avenue, takes its name from Amberley, a neighbouring older house that is being renovated in preparation for going on the market in the months ahead.

Amberley Court itself is made up of eight homes, namely four four-bed semi-detached houses and four duplexes. The three three-bed duplexes and single two-bed duplex are due to be released by the end of October.

The eight properties are being developed by Pathville and built by Whelan and O'Keeffe Construction, the contractors behind the 11 contemporary-style homes that make up Brambledown in Carrickmines and the new apartments at 19 Pembroke Road in Ballsbridge.

The kitchen is a level below the two reception rooms
The kitchen is a level below the two reception rooms

The first phase of Amberley Court, which was launched yesterday, comprises the four four-bed homes, each priced from €1.05m and measuring 2,450 sq ft across four levels.

They were designed by Architect Workshop to resemble two-storey homes with attic spaces from the street. Once inside, though, each house reveals a lower ground floor level that opens out to the garden.

The façades of the block-built houses are traditional in appearance, as they have a half-redbrick, half-render finish, with natural granite to the windowsills and hardwood timber frames to the double-glazed Scandinavian windows from Carlson. There is enough parking for two cars in the front driveway.

The front door leads to the ground floor, where there is a front living room with a bay window and a fireplace fitted with a log-effect electric fire. Double doors link this space with the second reception room to the rear. The hallway has a guest WC and stairs leading down to the garden level.

The lower ground floor is home to a kitchen/diner, a utility room, and a study that could also be used as a playroom by families with young children. BeSpace supplied the cashmere-coloured handle-less kitchen, which has soft-close doors and drawers, under-cabinet lighting, quartz countertops and a range of integrated Siemens appliances. The kitchen island cleverly incorporates a wine cooler.

A large sliding glass door from Carlson opens from the kitchen/diner onto the landscaped rear garden, which features a patio area and stone steps. In the utility room off the kitchen, there is a Hotpoint washer and dryer, a sink, a quartz worktop and a pullout larder.

The sleeping quarters are situated on the first and second floors. There are three bedrooms - including one en suite - on the first floor, all of which have contemporary-style built-in wardrobes from BeSpace. Also on this level is the main bathroom. The master en suite occupies the entirety of the second floor, where it has a walk-in wardrobe, a series of Velux windows and a shower room.

The bathrooms and en suites are fitted with white sanitaryware from Porcelenosa, Hansgrohe taps and shower heads, polished chrome heated towel rails, under-sink vanity units and porcelain tiles to the floors and walls.

An air-to-water heat pump at each A-rated house provides underfloor heating to the lower ground floor level, with radiators on the other floors.

Amberley Court is just off the N11 and is a 15-minute walk from the nearest Dart station.

Motorists can reach Dublin city centre in 15 minutes, traffic permitting.

The Amberley Court showhouse, which was fitted out by Ventura Design, is on view from 1pm to 3pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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