Bou­tique scheme in park­land set­ting

Castlepark is a small in­fill devel­op­ment of six semi-de­tached homes back­ing on to Cas­tle Golf Club

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - New Homes - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER

De­scrip­tion: A small in­fill devel­op­ment of six four-bed­room semi-de­tached homes. Agent: DNG The Bot­tle Tower on Church­town’s White­hall Road is a com­mand­ing land­mark. It was built in 1742 by Ma­jor Hall on land that had once been part of the es­tate of Rath­farn­ham Cas­tle owned by Wil­liam “Speaker” Conolly, one of the wealth­i­est men in Ire­land at the time and whose other es­tates in­cluded Castle­town House in Cel­bridge.The other land­mark here is Cas­tle Golf Club, one of the old­est park­land cour­ses in the cap­i­tal.

Castlepark is a small in­fill devel­op­ment of six, three-storey, semi-de­tached red­brick-fronted homes that back onto the golf course, giv­ing the west-fac­ing rear gardens plenty of pri­vacy as the bound­ary is shielded by tall ma­ture trees.

The scheme is by B&C Con­trac­tors, a Co Mon­aghan-based de­vel­oper run by brothers Jim and Colm McBride.

The busi­ness also has a con­struc­tion side which re­cently built Car­rick­mines Green on the Gle­na­muck Road for Re­gency, and Coill Dubh for Bo­vale in Malahide.

B&C also does bou­tique de­vel­op­ments of its own and has built over 500 homes.

They’ve learned a lot by be­ing both client and con­trac­tor, Jim ex­plains. “De­ci­sions can be fast-tracked – the houses at Castlepark were built in about six months, for ex­am­ple, and we can in­cor­po­rate some of the good ideas we’ve used else­where.”

The houses are spa­cious with ceil­ing heights of 2.7m at en­trance level and the smart AluClad Carl­son win­dows are about 30 per cent big­ger than stan­dard flood­ing the rooms with light.

At hall level there is a for­mal square-shaped sit­ting room with a smart-look­ing elec­tric fire to the front with a sep­a­rate open plan kitchen to the rear giv­ing fam­i­lies two dis­tinct spa­ces in which to live.

The kitchen has quartz coun­ter­tops, an is­land-cum-break­fast bar that in­cludes a pantry unit and a de­cent vented util­ity with ra­di­a­tor – ideal for air­ing clothes out of sight. There is a larder-style fridge and sep­a­rate tall freezer (ask­ing prices in­clude all Bosh and Siemens ap­pli­ances).

On the first floor there are two dou­ble bed­room and one sin­gle.

The dou­ble to the front has an in­ter­nal shower en suite. There is also a study to the front.

The sec­ond floor is a dis­tinct- ly adult space and houses pos­si­bly the nicest room. The fea­ture tri­an­gu­lar-shaped win­dow frames a view of the Luas bridge at Dun­drum’s Taney Road.

The front of the house faces east, mak­ing this a nat­u­rally-lit spot for a dress­ing ta­ble.

The shower en suite bath­room is also nat­u­rally lit by a Velux win­dow and a sep­a­rate area

‘‘ The sec­ond floor is a dis­tinctly adult space and pos­si­bly the nicest room in the house

has been hived off to fit a walk-in wardrobe, keep­ing the bed­room bliss­fully clut­ter free.

The show­house, which has been de­signed by Elaine Jer­rard of Elk House In­te­ri­ors, fea­tures a taste­ful scheme that has cre­ated a pol­ished sense of home that doesn’t ever feel over­done.

The prop­er­ties mea­sure 165 sq m (1,776 sq ft) with prices rang­ing from ¤795,000 to ¤865,000 through agents DNG.

Last year the house­builders com­pleted Cot­ton­wood, a scheme of five-bed­room de­tached prop­er­ties on Castle­knock’s Car­pen­ter­stown Road and a small scheme on Church Av­enue in Sandy­mount, com­pris­ing a pair of four-bed­room semis and a de­tached prop­erty.

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