Take a shine to Rath­farn­ham’s White Pines

De­signed by Reddy Ar­chi­tec­ture and fea­tur­ing show in­te­ri­ors by Op­ti­mise Design, the houses in this Stock­ing Av­enue scheme have a con­tem­po­rary look and make smart use of the avail­able space

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - New Homes - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER 415,000

De­scrip­tion: Three- and four-bed homes with alu-clad win­dows and wide plots. Agent: Sher­ryFitzGer­ald Sit­u­ated in the foothills of the Dublin moun­tains, White Pines by Ard­stone Homes, is the lat­est new homes scheme on Stock­ing Av­enue.

The house-build­ing firm is con­struct­ing about 2,500 homes in Dublin and its com­muter coun­ties over the next two to three years, says Jes­sica Cas­sidy, de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor at the firm. Plan­ning has just been ap­proved for sev­eral key schemes, in­clud­ing 450 homes around the Won­der­ful Barn, a folly in Leixlip; a fur­ther 169 units in Ash­ford, Co Wick­low, and 52 at Fur­ness Wood at John­ston, Co Kil­dare.

Ard­stone’s re­cent res­i­den­tial schemes at Castle­farm in Naas and Muileann in Kin­sealy sold out phases one and two.

White Pines will com­prise about 175 three, four and five-bed houses when com­plete but for launch the housebuilder is bring­ing 35 three­and four-bed units to mar­ket through agent Sherry FitzGer­ald.

Gable en­trance

Th­ese have been set out in ter­races of four and five with the three-beds all mid-ter­race. Ther e are t wo styles of four-bed end of ter­race homes, some front-en­trance, oth­ers with gable en­trance.

The con­tem­po­rary design by Reddy Ar­chi­tec­ture in­cludes slim an­thracite grey larger than stan­dard alu-clad win­dows by Nor­dan, neat alu­minium win­dow cil l s and wide plots. It all works to cre­ate a good sense of space – for ex­am­ple the three-bed is al­most 5.5m wide.

De­signed by Denise O’Con­nor of Op­ti­mise Design there are three show units and the mid-ter­race three-bed is a mas­ter­class in max­imis­ing what you can get at en­try-level prices. We’re con­di­tioned to want to in­vest in a house with a south-fac­ing rear but that’s not al­ways pos­si­ble. This unit has a north-fac­ing back gar­den but the prop­erty still feels light-filled and spa­cious. Mea­sur­ing 101sq m (1,087sq ft) it is ask­ing from ¤415,000.

There are 20 units in this launch phase, of which 15 are four-beds. Prices for th­ese 130sq m (1,399sq ft) four-beds start from ¤470,000. Three have gable en­trances and start from ¤480,000.

The houses have mink-coloured kitchens and quartz work­tops, USB ports on the is­land and Elec­trolux ap­pli­ances are in­cluded in the price to buy­ers who close within 28 days. The four-bed houses have a sep­a­rate utili t y room. In the three-beds the un­der­stairs space is plumbed for a wash­ing ma­chine but hasn’t been vented. The liv­ing rooms have wall-hung elec­tric fires as a fo­cal point.

The three-beds have two good-sized dou­bles and a roomy sin­gle. In the four-beds the ac­com­mo­da­tion con­sists of two good-size sin­gles and two big dou­bles with wardrobes by Caw­leys in all rooms. There is a lightwell in the land­ing and in the fam­ily bath­room, fea­tur­ing Villeroy & Boch san­i­tary­ware, a rooflight brings in some nat­u­ral light. The mas­ter bed­room has a win­dowed shower en­suite.

The gar­dens will range from 61sqm to 130sq m de­pend­ing on the plot. A man­age­ment fee ap­plies, and will in­clude bin c ha r g e s . Own­ers of t he three-bed units have ac­cess to com­mu­nal bins, dis­pens­ing with the need to store bins in the house.

Off-street park­ing is to the front and has been de­signed with dis­tance be­tween the bays and the front win­dows, so your ve­hi­cle isn’t the main thing you see when you look out­side.

The 15B bus ter­mi­nus is a five-minute walk from the de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘ In the four-beds the ac­com­mo­da­tion con­sists of two good-size sin­gles and two big dou­bles with wardrobes by Caw­leys in all rooms

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