Thursday 14 November 2019

Three the magic number


Stillorgan Gate duplexes
Stillorgan Gate duplexes

Dotted around Stillorgan and Kilmacud are remnants of Ireland's colonial past in the form of grand houses. But by the late 19th century, after the famine and the subsequent Land War, many of the owners left these shores. A lot of these homes were razed, left vacant or eventually taken over by religious orders.

One of these grand houses was Hazelwood, off the Upper Kilmacud Road. Built in the 1840s, it is a two-storey-over-basement house with a chiselled granite façade and was designed by John Skipton Mulvany, the architect of the Blackrock, Broadstone and Dun Laoghaire train stations.

In 2015, some of the land surrounding Hazelwood was bought by Caye Construction for a new development called Stillorgan Gate. Caye is led by Sean Keegan, the son of Castleknock-based developer Larry Keegan. The elder Keegan built a slew of estates in Castleknock and, earlier this month, his company Kimpton Vale launched Terenure Gate.

At Stillorgan Gate, the front row of eight three-storey terraced houses have all been sold.

The sale prices for these four-bed 2,077 sq ft houses ranged from €795,000 to €953,400, according to the Property Price Register.

A second phase at Stillorgan Gate was quietly launched last weekend. This release consisted of 18 apartments and duplexes, all laid out behind the front row of houses and set around a central landscaped courtyard.

The two-bed apartments were sold immediately but there are still three duplexes up for grabs, each with 1,360 sq ft of living space and prices starting at €575,000.

All of these duplexes are on top of a ground floor apartment but have their own entrance, via a flight of steps to the first floor of the building. Like the houses to the front of the development, the facades feature a mix of red brick and monocouche render, uPVC EcoClad sash windows from Munster Joinery and granite to the windowsills and reveals.

Inside, there is a separate living room to the front, with double doors leading to a dining space, a kitchen and a rear terrace. There is also a lavatory and storage area on this level and higher-than-average ceilings. On the top floor of each duplex are three bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and a bathroom.

The kitchens at Stillorgan Gate were custom-designed by Bedroom Elegance Furniture and come with Velstone countertops, classic solid wood painted doors with under-and above cabinet lighting, and integrated Smeg appliances. Other interior finishes include brushed chrome ironmongery throughout and built-in wardrobes from Bedroom Elegance in the bedrooms.

The A3-rated homes, designed by Terenure-based PCOT Architects, have energy-saving features such as thermostatically controlled radiators and energy-efficient boilers.

For commuters who cycle to the city centre, there is a bike rack to the front of each block of apartments and duplexes. There is a bus stop directly across the road from Stillorgan Gate, and the nearest Luas stop at Kilmacud, south of the grounds of St Benildus College, is just a 10-minute walk. From there, the Luas only takes 20 minutes to reach St Stephen's Green. The development is also close to the M50 and N11.

Viewings at Stillorgan Gate will be held between 2pm-4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

Stillogan Gate, Stillorgan, Dublin 14

Asking price: €575,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888

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