¤3m-plus penthouses launch in Dublin 4
Description: Swish one- and two-bed apartments and three luxury penthouses launch off plans Joint agents: Sherry FitzGerald and Savills There’s a buzz about Lansdowne Place, the luxury development built on the 6.8-acre site of the Berkeley Court and Jurys hotels where, 12 years ago, bankrupt developer Seán Dunne had proposed building a 37-storey tower.
From late last year, architects, designers and anyone with deep pockets clamoured to get across the threshold to scrutinise the Joe O’Reilly-led Chartered Land scheme, designed by O’Mahony Pike Architects. It comprises three pavilion buildings and an L-shaped structure of four adjoining buildings that will run almost the length of the site.
They all wanted to see if its claims to offer a quality of craftsmanship and superior finish unrivalled in Ireland really did match the very best of international standards.
The scheme, which when complete will comprise 217 units, launched quietly in January through joint agents SherryFitzGerald and Savills with the now sold-out Templeton. In June, units at The Barr i ngt o n came to t he market. To date 40 units have been sold amounting to about ¤65 million worth of property.
In this, phase two of Lansdowne Place, 23 properties are being brought to market at The Blake.
It includes three penthouses, the smallest of which is a sizeable two-bed plus study unit of 141sq m/1,528sq ft and with another 42sq m/456sq ft of outside terrace space. The second is a triple-aspect unit, three bedrooms plus study, of 222sq m/2,394sq ft in size, with a massive 108sq m/1,165 sq ft of outside terrace space. This is seeking ¤3.65 million. The rooftop penthouse is the most expensive unit in this phase. The three-bed superspace measures 350sq m/3,772sq ft and has additional outside space of 177sq m/1,914sq ft including a private rooftop terrace on the eighth floor. It is seeking ¤6.5 million. Earlier this year Stephen Vernon of Green Property purchased another of the penthouses for a similar sum.
Also in this phase are three one-bed units of 65sq m/703sq ft priced from ¤825,000. There are 11 two-beds that range in s i ze from 132sq m/1,428sq ft to 134sq m/1,661 sq ft. Asking prices range from ¤1.5 million to ¤1.8 million.
Of the 23 apartments, 18 units have what the developers are calling sunrooms, an interesting extra slice of space adjacent to Juliet balcony windows that can be closed off from the rest of the open-plan living area by folding glass doors. In t he large t wo- b e d s t hi s amounts to another 19sq m/207sq ft of space.
There are four two-beds plus study, with asking prices of between ¤1.95 million and ¤2.1 mi l l i o n . The r e are t wo three-bed duplexes which measure, respectively, 204sq m/ 2 , 2 06s q ft a nd 213sq m/2,302sq ft and are seeking ¤1.77 million and ¤1.86 million.
The sense of scale throughout is impressive. There is well-thought-out storage in all the rooms and halls as well as further storage in the garages for traders-down worried about where to store a lifetimes’s belongings. Ceiling heights are high, large windows stream light in and there are coffered ceilings and a contemporary take on cornicing in bedrooms . The properties include kitchens with stone counters by O’Connor’s of Drumleck; Gerbrit and Dornbracht products in the bathrooms including monsoon showers as well as stone tiling sourced from Portuguese and Italian quarries by the design team.
The facilities will include a residents’ lounge, library, meeting room and cinema room, while a lower floor will comprise a gym and sauna. The concierge service will have an annual charge of about ¤5,000.
In June one-bed apartments of 72sq m/782sq ft in The Barrington sold for between ¤825,000 and ¤850,000; asking prices for two-beds ranged from ¤900,000 to ¤1.65 million and three-beds cost ¤1.9 million to ¤2.25million.
All have been sold off the plans with a swish marketing suite constructed to show off the level of finish and decor options from London-based interior designers Goddard Littlefair. The company is known for its five-star fit-out and has recently been rewarded for its work by winning industry awards including Interior Designer of the Year at the 2017 Build Awards.
This decision to go across the pond sees the re-emergence of a trend that was last seen in the shiny days of the Celtic Tiger. Edward Square, another D4 luxury scheme on nearby Bloomfield Avenue, is following suit and being fitted out by a London-based firm, Taylor Howes, another favourite of global developers. Launching next month, its two-bed units are expected to start from ¤1 million.