During the late 1960s, when Clonskeagh was dominated by one-off houses and large tracts of private open land owned by the Catholic Church, the first residential estates sprung up at Ardilea.
Ardilea’s proximity to the UCD campus in Belfield – newly transferred from the city centre – served as the inspiration for a plethora of university-themed names for its cul-de-sac enclaves, such as Harvard, Yale and Louvain. Tucked away off Heidelberg, one of those leafy cul-de-sacs, is Ardilea Crescent, one of the few post-recovery residential developments in Clonskeagh.
O’Malley Construction built and sold 21 yellow-brick three-storey houses in – naturally – a crescent shape on the five-acre site, having launched the scheme back in 2016. The Galway-based developer, which has constructed some 10,000 homes in Ireland since it was set up in 1971, then shifted its focus towards building 75 apartments. These are located in the centre of the site, around a landscaped green space that includes terraced lawns with seating, pergolas, and a fenced natural playground.
The first block of 26 apartments was released in 2017. Now, the Galway builders are finishing a second block of 22 units at Ardilea Crescent, and a show-apartment will open at the block tomorrow to market the initial 10 two-bed apartments and three-bed penthouses. O’Malley has also just received planning permission for a third block that’s expected to go on the market in the summer of 2020.
The prices in the current tranche reflect the apartments’ generous sizes and the south Dublin target market; the homes will likely prove particularly attractive to older couples downsizing from the locality. The two-beds, which range in size from 957 sq ft to 979 sq ft, cost from €510,000, while the three-bed penthouses, which have between 1,270 sq ft and 1,367 sq ft of living space, are priced from €800,000.
Designed by McCrossan O’Rourke Manning, each apartment has a walnut-veneered entrance door. Inside, there is an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area that is flooded with natural light by floor-to-ceiling double-glazed PVC windows from Wrights Windows. Glass doors open out from this area to a balcony or terrace.
The centrepiece of the living area is a decorative feature ceiling with LED cove lighting. The kitchen, supplied by QK Living, has a matt finish, marbled quartz worktops, LED lighting, and a full suite of Neff appliances, including a stainless-steel gas hob, a built-in microwave, a multi-function oven, a fridge-freezer, and a dishwasher. There is also a Neff washer-dryer in the utility room, which is fitted with large-format grey porcelain floor tiles and a countertop.
The bathrooms and ensuites come with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware and floor and wall tiling, while the ensuites are fitted with large showers and chrome heated towel rails.
The apartments have either an A2 or A3 BER. A mechanical ventilation heat recovery system recovers the heat energy in the exhaust air leaving each apartment and uses it to warm up the incoming fresh air, thereby reducing heating bills and keeping each home well ventilated. PV panels on the roof of the building generate electricity during daylight hours. A gas-fired central heating system with an A-rated condensing boiler provides cheap and energy-efficient heating and hot water, which can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app.
There is also plenty of storage space for residents who have accumulated decades of belongings. O’Malley also created more valuable internal floor space by housing the gas boiler in an enclosure on the balcony and by using underfloor heating, which negates the need for radiators.
Each apartment comes with allocated parking and bicycle storage. Visitor access to each unit is through an audio phone system connected to the intercom at the main entrance door.
Buyers at Ardilea Crescent can use the Luas stop at Kilmacud – a short drive away – to reach St Stephen’s Green.
Viewings of the new show-apartment will take place from 12pm to 1pm tomorrow and Sunday.
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