Right on cue: nine units in Castleknock
Oatlands, Castleknock, Dublin 15
Georgian houses are frequently renowned for their colourful owners, and Oatlands House, a three-storey 18th-century pile in Castleknock that overlooks the River Liffey, is no different.
Its list of previous owners includes Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald Chamberlain, who claimed to have invented the game of snooker in India and was forced to resign as Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary after the Easter Rising. The great house has since been restored by Bushnell Investments, which specialises in buying period estates, revamping them and adding new properties to their vast grounds. At Oatlands, Bushnell has transformed the stables and outbuildings to the northwest of the period house into 12 new two- and three-bed homes. An undisclosed buyer has already agreed to purchase Oatlands House itself.
The development officially launches tomorrow but three of the 12 homes have gone sale agreed after impromptu visits to the site by prospective buyers, while the remaining nine properties range in price from €490,000 to €640,000.
Externally, the homes have render and stonework to the facades, with paving and cobblelock out front. While the interiors have period-style features such as ceilings, the finishes are fully 21st-century: each contemporary-style painted kitchen - supplied by Fitzgerald Kitchens - comes with Minerva countertops, under-cabinet lighting, and integrated Neff appliances. All homes have bespoke built-in wardrobes and underfloor heating. Viewings will be held between 1pm and 2pm tomorrow. Enquiries to: Brock Delappe (01) 633 4446 or Alliance Auctioneers (01) 803 0750