New builds in hip­ster Ar­bour Hill

Daw­son Place is a new scheme of two- and three-bed well-equipped A-rated houses built on an in­fill site in his­toric quar­ter of city

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER 445,000

De­scrip­tion: Six two-bed homes and two three-beds for sale in Stoney­bat­ter Ar­bour Hill is a his­toric street in Dublin 7 that leads from Manor Street in Stoney­bat­ter, past the mil­i­tary ceme­tery – the fi­nal rest­ing place of many of the dig­ni­taries of the 1916 Ris­ing, in­clud­ing Pa­trick Pearse, James Con­nolly and Ma­jor John McBride – past the prison and ends at the in­ter­sec­tion with Mont­pe­lier Hill, which will take you straight to the Phoenix Park. The road con­tin­ues as Tem­ple Street West tak­ing you down to the Ash­ling Ho­tel and across the river to Heuston Sta­tion.

In the past, Ar­bour Hill and nearby Ben­burb Street also had a rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing one of Dublin’s red-light dis­tricts, but by the time of the mil­len­nium the area wa s be­ing gen­tri­fied by home-own­ers keen to live close to town.

Lil­liput Stores opened its doors in 2007 and drew a whole new slew of cre­atives to the area, but as many of the new res­i­dents started to set­tle down and have kids, they re­alised that their ar­ti­san cot­tages and ter­raced houses, while charm­ing, were tiny and had lit­tle or no out­side space for kids to run around.

A-rated

Daw­son Place is a new scheme that has been built on an in­fill site al­most at the Mont­pe­lier Hill in­ter­sec­tion. The Rich­mond Homes de­vel­op­ment re­port­edly cost ¤2.7 mil­lion and was pur­chased with ex­ist­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion, which was then tweaked by Stephen Collins of Collins Ma­her Martin Ar­chi­tects to del i v e r 25 two-bed and three-bed homes. Nine of these are al­ready sale agreed.

Rich­mond Homes has been set up by Mark O’Don­nell, prin­ci­pal at real es­tate in­vest­ment man­ager Aves­tus Cap­i­tal Part­ners, and Sean McCal­lion, con­struc­tion di­rec­tor at Aves­tus and for­merly of Re­gency, in con­junc­tion with Mag­ne­tar Cap­i­tal, a large Amer­i­can al­ter­na­tive in­vest­ment man­ager.

There are eight houses for sale in this launch. Six are two-bed­room units mea­sur­ing 87sq m-94sq m (936sq ft-1,012sq ft) with ask­ing prices of ¤445,000¤475,000.

There are two three-bed plus study houses of 121sq m(1,311sq ft), with ¤535,000 price tags.

Park­ing

The A-rated houses for sale are two-storey but the show­house is set over three floors. It was de­signed by Denise O’Con­nor of Opt i mis e Desi g n a nd ha s an open-plan, L-shaped ground floor with the kitchen set to the front. The units are by Keane Kitchens and fea­ture Mi­ca­post coun­ter­tops with the In­de­sit kitchen ap­pli­ances in­cluded in the sale price. Glass slid­ing doors open out to a small back gar­den. Each house comes with one al­lo­cated park­ing space.

Be­hind the site is another site cur­rently un­der de­mo­li­tion to make way for 319 units be­ing built by Hadding­ton Stu­dent Hous­ing. At its high­est point the build­ings will stand five floors high on this 1.1-acre site.

O’Con­nor Shan­non has just sold num­ber 2 Tem­ple Vil­las, a three-bed­room ter­raced house, about 107sq me­tres in size and in need of mod­erni­sa­tion, on Ar­bour Hill, a few doors down from this site, for ¤455,000.

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