Wildlife can be unendingly interesting -- as the popularity of programmes such as Mooney Goes Wild can testify. Most of us have to make do with garden birds and the unexpected arrival of a fox or a hedgehog.
But for the purchasers of two new houses facing onto the River Liffey at Chapelizod, the choice will be far more varied. The houses have superb views of salmon stands, wildlife and the weir. Its name -- Swan Lake -- says it all.
The builder here is Wright Construction, headed up by David Wright, who has undertaken a number of niche developments -- the last being Summercove in Rosslare Strand.
Both homes have a host of bespoke features including a car turntable, a state-of-the-art cinema room, underfloor heating, Smarthome technology, security system, contemporary fully equipped kitchens, luxury bathrooms and remote-controlled gates.
Laid out over three levels the homes, designed by Grafton Architects, fully avail of the south- facing light.
Accommodation comprises a guest bathroom, kitchen/dining room, utility, living room with large terraces and access to rear garden, atrium with glazed bridges, three bedrooms and a bathroom. Main bedrooms also have an outdoor terrace with glass balcony and most rooms have floor-to-ceiling glazing with views of the Liffey.
Outside, the lawn fronts onto the river with an 80sqm timber deck and granite steps leading down to floating pontoons. Other special features include an outdoor hot shower and speaker system.
Other features are: surround sound; remote-controlled, floor-to-ceiling sunscreen and blackout blinds; solid oak staircases; integrated NEF coffee station and microwave; Rangemaster five-ring cooker; American-style, stainless-steel fridge/ freezer; and integrated dishwasher.
The price for the larger home (180sqm) is €2m and the smaller house, with a floor area of 160sqm, is €1.8m.
Viewing is Saturday 11am-1pm or by private appointment.
Call Owen Reilly New Homes 01 6777100