New homes: A-rated with an easy commute
Three- and four-bed homes in Cúil Dúin scheme beside Luas red line in Citywest
The first phase of Cúil Dúin, which is now for sale, comprises 30 decent-sized houses.
The three-beds with 126sq m/1,355sq ft in size, are €280,000-€315,000 and the four-bedroom semi-detached homes with 158sq m/ 1,700sq ft are priced at €385,000.
In general, the layouts are good but in some of the three-bedroom houses the front door opens directly into the living room, as in many artisan two-up two-down houses in Dublin 7 and 8.
This is unusual in new builds but you do have a choice to install a hall, at the loss of valuable living space. The compromise is the asking price of €280,000 – affordable relative to the asking prices in other parts of the capital and it comes with fast commuter options into the city.
The houses are three-storey with an entertainment room or second living space situated to the front on the first floor in the four-bedroom houses. It’s an idea borrowed from the Cosgrave Group who have used this extra storey to fit in more reception room into their plans.
These homes do not have a fireplace as a focal point in the livingroom but that gives more wall space to play with in terms of furniture layout.
The eat-in kitchen has off-white units and in some of the smaller units, in more difficult spaces, the fact that the above-counter cupboards don’t go all the way up to the ceiling makes the room look a tad disjointed. It’s a small criticism and one you could probably remedy, for a couple of extra euro, before signing contracts.
The master bedroom in both the three- and four-beds is on the second floor and overlooks the garden which you can see through the large-format roof lights. It has a shower en suite bathroom.
Across the hall is a smaller space, not technically a bedroom but that could work as a nursery. It could later become an office or a playroom. There are three-door wardrobes in all bedrooms giving ample storage.
Light-filled, the layout makes good use of space throughout.
In the four-bed house, for example, there is a utility room off the guest WC, while in the three-bedroom properties there is lit space under the stairs for storage.
Cúil Dúin is being sold through agents Hooke & MacDonald.