The term 'carport' was coined in the 1930s by Frank Lloyd Wright, the legendary architect, for the first of his Usonian homes - a concept of practical, functional middle-class homes for Americans that blurred the distinction between indoors and outdoors, and featured plenty of glass and horizontal lines.
At the James Bond-style city pads at Grattan Court East in the centre of Dublin, the ground-floor carports behind fritted glass doors are at the heart of the action. Nestled off the Georgian landscape of Mount Street, the five four-storey townhouses and two duplexes that make up Grattan Court East are all floor-to-ceiling Danish windows and slick clean lines.
The infill development was - appropriately enough - built on the site of a former garage. It is the first foray into Ireland for its developer, Paul Mizow, an Australian backed by Zest Homes, a Queensland-based international property development company. The high-end scheme was designed by Ailtireacht, an architectural practice with branches in Dublin and London, which took its influence from London mews houses.
The design-driven enclave is attracting interest from expats and from international buyers who want an upmarket base in the centre of Dublin that they might use a couple of months in the year.
The cheapest townhouse at Grattan Court East costs from €975,000 and measures 1,398 sq ft. Four of the units have 1,561 sq ft of accommodation and come with price-tags starting at €1.1m.
At the latter townhouses, the remote-controlled carport faces on to a rear courtyard. The entrance to the property is at the side of the house. Grattan Court East is within walking distance from the Dart stations at Pearse Street and Grand Canal, and from both Luas lines. It is a 1km walk to the so-called 'Silicon Docks'.
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