Stone Park Mount Merrion, Co Dublin
Asking price: €775,000-€1.075m
Agent: REA Ed Dempsey (01) 288 0004
Social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions have ushered in a seismic shift in the technology deployed by the property market to keep sales of new homes on track. The first national lockdown, which saw a ban on all physical viewings of homes and on construction work, prompted a rush among estate agencies to introduce 3D virtual tours of houses and live-streamed walk-throughs of properties. The developer of Stone Park, a high-end development in Mount Merrion, is taking online tours to new heights: for the first time in the Irish property market, internal footage of a show house has been taken by a drone, according to the selling agent. While aerial photos of homes taken by drones are nothing new, this is the first time the Irish Aviation Authority has given a licence to a drone operator for use inside a home. The photography firm used a small, agile custom-made FPV (first-person view) drone capable of safely flying in tight spaces, giving online viewers of the Stone Park show house room-to-room fly-throughs.
Stone Park is named after a 1960s-era property that once sat on the site, which is located on the corner of Trees Road and South Avenue. The enclave is being developed by Turkington Rock, a collaboration between leading interior designer Helen Turkington and developer Keith Craddock. The pair linked up to create Ireland’s first interior design-led property development company and as part of the collaboration, each house and apartment at Stone Park has been finished by Helen Turkington Interiors.