Friday 18 October 2019

Shackleton explores the duplex as it returns from the wilderness

Shackleton Park, Lucan, Co Dublin

Asking price: €300,000-€340,000

Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402

The lounge in Shackleton Park
The lounge in Shackleton Park

Gabrielle Monaghan

Duplex living has been a phenomenon for decades in dense American cities such as New York and Chicago. In Ireland, the trend caught on in earnest in the 1990s and continued until the property market imploded.

In Ireland, duplexes are typically one single home spread across two floors connected by an internal staircase, and they are usually on top of a ground-floor apartment. Buyers looking to get on the property ladder get the same amount of living space for less than the price of a three-bed semi.

In exchange for the lower price, the duplex owner has to sacrifice a private garden and their own driveway, and they'll rely on good sound insulation to dissipate any loud music from their neighbour in the apartment below.

After a spell in the wilderness, the duplex is now back in vogue among developers in Dublin. They've gone on the market at new schemes such as Drury Mills in Saggart, Churchfields in Ashbourne, Dún Sí in Portmarnock, and Elsmore in Naas, with a handful more due to be released at Amberley Court in Blackrock next month.

At Shackleton Park, in the former spa town of Lucan, Cairn Homes is including duplexes and apartments alongside houses. In all, the stock market-listed developer is building some 700 homes at Shackleton Park to cater to as wide a variety of buyers as possible.

A slew of phases of three-, four- and five-bed houses have been launched since 2017. The first apartments and duplexes went up for sale off the plans only in April. However, a show-apartment and a show-duplex will open this weekend for the first time.

The opening coincides with the release of around ten apartments and duplexes, which will likely prove popular with single buyers or couples purchasing their first home. Prices start at €300,000 for a two-bed apartment measuring 941 sq ft and at €340,000 for a three-bed duplex extending over 1,159 sq ft.

The own-door apartments are on the ground floors of the blocks, with the living/ kitchen/ dining rooms of the duplexes located on the first floor and their bedrooms on the second floor.

The apartment and duplex blocks mostly have a brick façade, with self-coloured render around the entrance points to the duplexes. Most units have a hardwood front door with a three-point locking system, a paved terrace, and uPVC high-performance double-glazed windows throughout.

Inside, high ceilings to the ground-floor apartments and to the lower levels of the duplexes maximise the natural light pouring in from the large windows. Each home has a contemporary-style kitchen, integrated appliances, and a separate utility room.

The double bedrooms in each unit have fitted wardrobes, while the bathrooms and ensuites have tiled floors and wet areas, a contemporary-style shower enclosure with a fitted shower screen, and heated towel rails.

Energy-efficient features at the A3-rated homes include PV panels, a demand-control ventilation system that automatically provides a constant supply of fresh indoor air, and an A-rated condensing gas boiler for the zoned heating system.

A 50-acre public park is being built beside Shackleton Park, which is located a five-minute drive from Lucan village. The scheme will also have its own parks, playground and communal green spaces. Shackleton Park is a 10-minute drive from Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. The train journey from nearby Adamstown Station to Heuston takes about 22 minutes. Viewings of new show-units will take place between 2.30pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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