The new home view: Parking it in Terenure
A growing shortage of land large enough for sizeable new residential schemes in the crossroads village of Terenure means developers have to get creative to satisfy the appetites of mid-market buyers aspiring to settle down amidst the same bucolic surroundings in which they grew up.
The religious orders have long sold off their surplus grounds for housing in the leafy south Dublin suburb and the side and end gardens of Terenure's upmarket Victorian and Edwardian abodes have increasingly been sold off for infill developments.
This means companies like Seabren Developments, which specialises in bespoke niche schemes in sought-after postcodes like Dublin 6 and Dublin 6W, have to be innovative in their search for a site. In the spring, Seabren launched No 63 Terenure Road North, a duo of newly-built homes on the former site of a mid-century bungalow.
In June, the company - run by Michael Moran of the Moran Hotel Group and Johnny O'Loughlin - released Aideen Mews, a scheme of nine townhouses on Aideen Place, a laneway behind Terenure's Aideen Avenue.
Next up to the block is the eponymous Aideen Place, which is adjacent to Aideen Mews. The development is made up of four three-bed terraced houses, namely 4A, 5A, 6 and 7 Aideen Place. Each property has 1,290 sq ft of living space, with prices starting at €595,000.
Unlike the similarly priced uber-contemporary white townhouses that make up Aideen Mews, the homes at Aideen Place have a more traditional, red-brick façade reminiscent of Terenure's period streetscapes.
On-street parking in the narrow laneway can prove tricky, so the houses have an integrated internal garage instead. The front bay of these homes have a black door to each 135 sq ft garage and a tall, slim window with white surrounds above it. All the energy-efficient windows throughout the homes are supplied by Munster Joinery.
On entering the hall level, there is solid oak flooring to the entrance hallway, a door to the garage, and a fully tiled cloakroom with a vanity unit and a guest WC.
The hallway also leads to a rear living room, which has solid wood flooring and a set of double-glazed patio doors that open on to a Juliet balcony. The first of many storage spaces is also on this level. A central stairwell leads down to the garden level, which consists of a kitchen, a separate utility room, a tiled plant room and a storage room.
The fitted shaker-style kitchen incorporates wall and floor units and has porcelain tiles to the floor and recessed lighting to the ceiling. Double-glazed patio doors open from the kitchen/diner to a rear paved patio and a split-level walled lawn.
All three bedrooms, as well as the family bathroom, are located on the first floor. The master bedroom to the front has recessed lighting, a Velux window and a fully tiled ensuite with a rainhead shower, a pedestal washbasin and a WC. The main bathroom is fitted with a vanity unit, a bath, a washbasin, a WC and is also tiled throughout.
The other two bedrooms overlook the rear garden and have a Velux window for extra light. There are stairs from this level to the large attic, where there is further storage space. The A3-rated homes at Aideen Place are equipped with an air-to-water system that supplies heating and hot water.
As well as Terenure natives, the development will likely prove popular amongst family buyers who want to live within walking distance of Harold's Cross, Rathmines, Rathgar and the wine bars and restaurants of Terenure Village itself.
Purchasers with children will be spoiled for well-regarded schools in the area, including Terenure College and St Mary's, and St Louis in Rathmines. Gonzaga and Alexandria are within cycling distance at nearby Milltown. Bushy Park and the Dodder Linear Park provide acres of outdoor recreational space for families.
Buyers who commute can use the 15, 15A and 16 bus routes. St Stephen's Green is just 4.4km away, while the M50 motorway is just a short distance away.
Aideen Place Terenure, Dublin 6W
Asking price: €595,000
Agent: Quillsen (01) 406 4500