¤3m-plus pen­t­houses launch in Dublin 4

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - New Homes - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER 825,000 to ¤6.5mil­lion

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.

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