Clever fea­tures and ef­fi­cient lay­outs in new Stepa­side scheme

Launch­ing to­day, the eight de­tached prop­er­ties are all five bed­room units, three-storeys high thought they vary in size and lay­out

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ALANNA GALLAGHER

‘‘ Stand­out ideas by Ven­tura Design in­clude a re­cess for the TV to sit flush with the wall

De­scrip­tion: Phase two of a devel­op­ment of 56 homes built to the rear of a ma­ture es­tate of the same name min­utes from Stepa­side vil­lage

. Agent: Sher­ryFitzGer­ald Last October, de­vel­oper McGar­rell Reilly launched a new scheme of de­tached houses at Stepa­side Park, Dublin 18. While new, it was a devel­op­ment within a devel­op­ment, ac- cessed through the ma­ture es­tate of the same name, com­pleted by the same firm 13 years ago, in 2004.

Hid­den from view, phase one com­prised 17 mainly four-bed­room, two-storey, de­tached prop­er­ties of 154sq m (1,668sq ft) which sold for be­tween ¤725,000 and ¤740,000 apiece. In­cluded in that num­ber were two five-bed­room units; one sold for ¤795,000, the other went for ¤830,000.

To­day the house­builder is launch­ing an­other eight subs t an­tial de­tached fam­ily homes. All the prop­er­ties are three-storey five-bed­room units, rang­ing in size from 213sq m (2,300sq ft) to 222sq m (2,400sq ft), to a design by Con- roy Crowe Kelly Ar­chi­tects.

The prop­er­ties vary in lay­out, but stand­out ideas by Ar­lene McIn­tyre of Ven­tura Design in­clude a re­cess for the TV so that it sits flush with the wall of the chim­ney­breast in the main liv­in­groom. This makes the screen the fo­cal point of the room and any pre­tence at a fire­place has been dis­pensed with in th­ese A-rated homes.

Walk-in con­di­tion

The kitchen is in walk-in con­di­tion, with tra­di­tional painted doors and white quartz coun­ter­tops; all ap­pli­ances are in­cluded. The mainly Neff white goods in­clude a tall Amer­i­can-style fridge freezer unit, and in the util­ity the AEG wash- er and sep­a­rate drier are also in­cluded.

Two of the bed­rooms are ho­tel-stan­dard dou­bles with small walk-in wardrobes by McCauls. They come with en­suite shower rooms that in­clude mar­ble-ef­fect floor and wall tiles. A Stira lad­der leads to the floored at­tic.

Of the eight houses for sale, each s e e k i ng ¤850,000 through agent Sherry FitzGer­ald, six are in the same row. The show­house is lo­cated here and is one of three with a sim­i­lar lay­out. Of the three dif­fer­ent lay­outs on of­fer, this one feels the most con­sid­ered. There are two other house styles, one of which re­sem­bles the clas­sic two-storey-over-base­ment pe­riod design, and the only crit­i­cism of this con­fig­u­ra­tion is that there are sim­ply too many floors to nav­i­gate.

Set up by Seán Reilly in the early 1980s, McGar­rell Reilly is best known for its work on Malahide Ma­rina, where work be­gan in 1995, and Lusk Vil­lage. Its most re­cent de­vel­op­ments have been a new phase of five-bed prop­er­ties at Steeplechase, Ra­toath.

When fin­ished, this new Dublin 18 es­tate will com­prise 52 de­tached homes, pre­dom­i­nately four-bed­room prop­er­ties.

The Green Line Luas stop at Glen­cairn is about a 25-minute walk, but a pedes­trian short­cut – es­ti­mated to cut 15 min­utes off that time – is await­ing plan­ning sign-off.

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