Friday 18 October 2019

Townhouses at Dolphin's Barn will appeal to young families

Grand Canal View Dolphin's Barn, Dublin 8

Asking price: €550,000-€575,000

Agent: Martin & Moran Property Advisors. (01) 8117737

Classic: The first-floor living room of Grand Canal View
Classic: The first-floor living room of Grand Canal View
Grand Canal View has a covered balcony

James Joyce knew Dolphin's Barn well, mentioning it no fewer than eight times in Ulysses. In the modernist epic, Bloom recalls how he first met Molly Bloom at Dolphin's Barn, where they played "charades in Luke Doyle's house".

Yet the south-west-inner city area has often been overlooked in the annual events to mark Bloomsday, which celebrates June 16, 1904 - the day depicted in Ulysses. The first Bloomsday took place in 1954 and was organised by a group of literary and cultural figures, including Patrick Kavanagh, Brian O'Nolan and Anthony Cronin.

In recent years, Dolphin's Barn has seen its own Bloomsday events, called Bloomsday in the Barn, with locals dressed in boaters, hats and other period outfits for the occasion.

The working-class area, which is divided between the Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 postal districts, has also lagged behind in the regeneration that has taken hold in other parts of Dublin 8, such as James Street, Thomas Street and Newmarket Square, which have attracted new hotels, student accommodation, cafes and whiskey distilleries.

However, the transformation of Dolphin's Barn has finally begun. Last autumn, after a years-long delay, the first phase of 100 revamped homes at the Dolphin House flat complex was completed, and private development sites are going on the market. In 2019, Dublin City Council unveiled plans for the public realm at Dolphin's Barn. Its measures are aimed at making the neighbourhood more pedestrian-friendly, with new paths, cycle parking, street furniture, seating, and landscaping. The plans also include the creation of a small park with a café to the northern end of St James Terrace, which is located between Dolphin's Barn Street and the South Circular Road.

St James Terrace is also home to the first private residential scheme to go on the market in Dolphin's Barn in years. Grand Canal View, as the development of three upmarket townhouses is called, is so named because its three-storey homes have terraced gardens and balconies from each floor that overlook the Grand Canal.

The three-bed-plus-study townhouses will likely appeal to young professional families as they are just 2.5km from St Stephen's Green. Prices for the homes, which launch tomorrow, start at €550,000, with the showhouse expected to fetch €575,000.

The small terrace of homes was designed by CPD Architecture to have a classic brick exterior. A car port on the ground floor of each home leads to an entrance hall with a staircase, a guest lavatory and a storage closet. The hall leads to a kitchen/diner with a peninsula unit and sets of glass doors that open onto a fenced garden terrace.

There are two double bedrooms on the first floor, as well as a bathroom. A living room on this floor opens onto a railed, covered balcony with a brick finish. The second floor has a master en suite with a large walk-in wardrobe, as well as a separate study that leads to a sundeck.

The A-rated homes at Grand Canal View may also draw the attention of investors, as it's close to the Luas line, the city centre, numerous bus routes, and St James's Hospital, where the new National Children's Hospital is being built.

Viewings at Grand Canal View will take place from 10.30am to 11am tomorrow.

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