New homes from €470,000 at D18’s biggest scheme since The Gallops

The first phase of Clay Farm will comprise 163 houses and 262 apartments

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Address: Clay Farm, Leopardstown, D18
Price: €470,000
Agent: Savills

Park Developments’ new Dublin 18 development Clay Farm, is one of the largest housing developments to come on stream in the south Dublin area since the launch of its earlier hugely successful development, The Gallops, in 1990.

Launching today are the first 48 of its three- and four-bed houses and such is the anticipation, potential buyers were lining up at the site on Monday. Selling agent Savills moved to manage the situation by issuing tickets to those waiting and to avoid an overnight queue scenario.

Phase one is set on 13.63 hectares and when complete, will comprise 163 houses and 262 apartments. The Pale was constructed by servants loyal to the English crown who were paid a grant to do so. It encircled Dublin between the 15th and 17th centuries and was constructed to help protect those loyal to the crown from pillaging raiders. Phase one of the development is within the Pale. Phase two will be outside the Pale.

Already in this area, Park Developments has constructed 2,765 homes including 700 at neighbouring site The Gallops, Sandyford, almost another 400 at Mimosa, Levmoss and Orby in the same location in 2007 and 600 at the 1980s-built The Park in Cabinteely.


Also situated alongside the M50, Clay Farm is just a two-minute dash from the Green line Luas stop at Leopardstown Wood – and then a 35-minute ride to St Stephen’s Green. This connectivity is impressive.

House types  

So are the showhomes with different designs by Arlene McIntyre of Ventura Design, Interiors Atelier and Eily Roe Interiors all offering executable decorating ideas.

There are several different house types on offer. The three-beds, 22 units in total, are all two-storey. Prices start at €470,000 for 109sqm (1,173 sq ft) to €530,000 for the styles that measure 120sq m (1,292sq ft).

The four-bed houses are all three-storey. Prices start from €560,000 for properties of 158sq m (1,701 sq ft) to €600,000 for homes of 161sq m (1,733sq ft).

The houses all have Rationel triple-glazed windows, photovoltaic solar panels for endless hot water, with Grohe taps and showers, tiling and shower doors included in the bathrooms. The kitchens have been done by Nolans and appliances are included. Brogan Jordan Homestyle did the wardrobes.

The houses have between four and six cubic metres of additional storage per property. Some styles have attic trusses that are easily converted. All have Stira access to the attic. Each house has been wired for Siro offering broadband speeds of 1 gigabyte per second and an electric car-charge point.

Eco park

When finished phase one of the estate will include a 14 acre eco park, designed by landscape architects Brady Shipman Martin.

A greenway is also proposed, to be constructed by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council. It would start at the entrance of the estate, and run up along Stepaside Golf Course eventually coming out at the old Enniskerry Road, however timeframe details for this are unclear.

Park Developments say that buyers will be in these houses before Christmas.

In its 50 years of housebuilding Park has constructed more than 15,000 units including Carrickmines Wood, Mount St Anne’s in Milltown, 2004, and apartments on Hanover Quay on Dublin’s South Dock. These won an RIAI Award in 2007 for the designs by O’Mahony Pike Architects – a firm Park has collaborated with on several occasions including Hamilton Park in Diswellstown, Castleknock, Dublin 15, which when it launched two years ago made headlines as househunters queued overnight to secure houses.

You can see physical similarities between the homes built at Hamilton Park and these new timber-frame homes at Clay Farm.

When Park’s Diswellstown scheme (similarly located just outside the M50) launched in 2015, three-beds of around 111sq m (1,200sq ft) were asking €395,000, while the four-beds which ranged in size from 144sq m (1,550sq ft) to 150sq ft (1,615sq ft) started from €490,000.

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in property and interiors