Top Let – Grand designs on the rental market, by Sinead Ryan

The Irish Independent, Friday, October 14th 2016 

One of the ‘tick boxes’ tenants often seek is a body of water. Seaside and riverside locations simply garner a premium. Together with location, price and finish, having a peaceful stream running alongside your property can make all the difference to your sense of well-being when you come home after putting in a hard day’s work and tenants are prepared to pay for it.

Percy Place, directly overlooking the Grand Canal, provides this in abundance. Agent Owen Reilly is bringing three of the 12 apartments in the small low-rise block to the rental market this week, including a penthouse which should attract interest from the high- flying executives located in this part of the world.

With the IFSC, Ballsbridge and the multi-nationals located at Grand Canal Dock all nearby, price is unlikely to be an issue, even if the top unit is a fairly steep at €4,500 per month.

The precise location is between Mount Street and Baggot Street bridges, so a stroll into the city centre is manageable, as is access to myriad shops, restaurants and transport links.

Developed by Paddy McKillen Jr, these are contemporary, stark, modern apartments, featuring plenty of glass, steel and marble. They have been styled in something of a ‘blokey’ finish, with minimalist leather furniture, grey and white tones and a sleek look from Bushell Interiors.

The smallest and largest apartments will be let furnished, while the two-bed will be unfurnished. Each comes with a designated space in the underground car park and there are storage units.

The one-bed is just over 600 sq ft, while the two-bed duplex is 861 sq ft. The penthouse extends to a spacious 1,300 sq ft.

The living area is open plan, however a stand-alone ‘wall’ separates the dining from the seating areas, which is quite clever. It has an inset gas fire to add a cosy angle.

High ceilings and floor to ceiling glazing, along with an overhead atrium, maximises the light and canal views. Kitchens are from Allmilmo which is a top brand in Germany and the super black and white Calacatta marble worktops look great on the main and island counter tops.

The look has been reflected on the separating wall.

Parquet flooring is from Ebony & Co in a smart herringbone design. There is plenty of recessed lighting which creates mood. There is a nice balcony outside with glass balustrade.

The Irish Independent, Friday, October 14th 2016 

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