Although many believe every home buyer’s aspirations are for the traditional period home, with ornate features and grand proportions. However, new homes are ever popular.

The lure of that unlived-in feel, clean finishes and state-of-the-art construction. New homes even command a premium over similar houses in an area – something of 15 to 20 percent.

But not all new homes are created equal. Designs which are submitted to planners are looked at for more than their size, shape and layout. Visual appeal and finishes are also a factor.

So why oh why did anyone ever let them build these new homes in the heart of Rathmines!

Maxwell Square, Rathmines

Ireland's ugliest new homes? Maxwell Square, Rathmines. Photo: Daft.ie
Ireland’s ugliest new homes? Maxwell Square, Rathmines. Photo: Daft.ie

This development of fourteen 3 and 4-bed townhouses are described by the agent as a “contemporary style terrace house… each house expresses individuality and radiates quality…“.

Since when did cut-and-paste identikit terraces “express individuality“!

To be fair they are built to very high standards of energy efficiency including top quality insulation and heat recovery ventilation.

The design reminds us more of a storage facility than a luxury new home.

Photo: Daft.ie
Photo: Daft.ie

Garages are an unusual factor – when people rarely use their garages for their cars any more. Instead they become at-worst junk piles of storage and at-best converted into home offices or additional bedrooms (except you couldn’t do that here).

The colour scheme isn’t flattering either. While grey is very in right now, that’s usually for the interior design and not so much the exterior.

This is grey-on-grey, with grey garage doors, grey front doors, grey cladding and zinc grey roofing. Just a square of plain white breaks up the colour at first floor level.

Photo: Daft.ie
Photo: Daft.ie

Now internally it’s a different story. The usual modern neutral show home design has been included throughout, but with some vibrant colours thrown in.

Maxwell Square Rathmines 7
Photo: Daft.ie
Photo: Daft.ie
Photo: Daft.ie

But coming to the gardens, again with the grey. This time plain concrete slab tiles. It’s not much space, you really would have hoped they would have shelled out a bit extra for some nice tiles or even artificial grass.

Photo: Daft.ie
Photo: Daft.ie

So would you live in a house like this?

The three-bed houses are on the market in Maxwell Square for €560,000. That’s a fair price for a 3-bed home in Dublin 6 (with parking – you can’t forget that parking!).

But even though the insides might be lovely, would you live in house that looks like this?