Monday 18 February 2019

Two-bedroom apartments come with added Phoenix perk

Clonbern, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Asking price: From €410,000

Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402

The exterior of Clonbern
The exterior of Clonbern
The living room area which includes kitchen

Horse-racing was held at the Phoenix Park Racecourse, on the northern fringe of the 1,750-acre park, between 1902 and 1981, when the venue shut for the first time. The stands came in useful in 1983, when Slane Castle was refused planning permission for U2's War Tour and the gig was relocated to the racecourse.

The track reopened for racing the same year, but was shuttered for good in the late 1990s after running into financial difficulties. The Castleknock site was then purchased in 1998 by Flynn & O'Flaherty, which built a series of residential developments on the land.

In 2015, Flynn & O'Flaherty launched Fairhaven, a scheme of three and four-bed semi-detached homes, on the former racecourse lands, which are off the tree-lined Castleknock Road, close to the main N3 Dublin to Navan road.

Beside Fairhaven is Clonbern, a new Flynn & O'Flaherty apartment development at the one-time racecourse that is coming on stream this weekend. Each of the 25 two-bed apartments measures between 872 sq ft and 970 sq ft, with prices starting at €410,000.

The living room area which includes kitchen
The living room area which includes kitchen

The units are spread out across two red-brick buildings in a landscaped setting.

There are neighbourhood shops and a café beside Clonbern and plans afoot for two further apartment buildings and an on-site public park.

Each of the buildings has their own separate pedestrian access off Phoenix Park Avenue. The development also has a basement car park with bicycle storage.

Externally, the two blocks have a brick facade and alu-clad double-glazed windows supplied by Munster Joinery. They were designed by OMS Green Ltd Architects to incorporate apartments that have either a dual aspect or triple aspect. All the units have a private outdoor space, either in the form of a paved terrace in the case of the ground-floor apartments, or a decked and glass-fronted balcony for the upper-level units and penthouses.

A large living/dining/kitchen space forms the heart of each apartment, with glass doors leading out from this space to the balcony or terrace.

The kitchen cabinets and worktops are supplied by Nolan Kitchens and come with built-in appliances, as per the show-apartment.

The hallway leads from this area to a bathroom, a hot-press and two double bedrooms that are fitted with contemporary-style wardrobes from Cawley's Furniture. One of the bedrooms is ensuite and the other is located close to the main bathroom.

The apartments are fully painted throughout, have separate storage and utility areas, and are fitted with security intercom systems.

Each unit was designed to achieve either an A2 or A3 BER.

Clonbern is a less than a 15-minute walk from both Castleknock Village and from the Ashtown train station, with the rail journey to Connolly Station taking between just 12 and 15 minutes.

The show-apartment at Clonbern will be on view tomorrow and Sunday, between 2.30pm and 4pm.

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