What’s on the mar­ket? New homes in Co Kil­dare

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property Kildare Living -

Kil­dare is one of the best-served coun­ties for new homes in the coun­try. First-time buy­ers now com­prise al­most half the home hun­ters in the county, in par­tic­u­lar in the north­ern half. New homes have more ap­peal to these buy­ers, says Enda Smith of CME Auc­tion­eers, helped in part by the Help to Buy scheme but also the lower run­ning costs as­so­ci­ated with an A-rated home.

But land prices are ris­ing which will im­pact af­ford­abil­ity. Last week Will Coo­nan of Coo­nans Auc­tion­eers sold 3.4 acres of zoned lands on the Maynooth Road in Leixlip for ¤4.075mil­lion, al­most ¤1.2 mil­lion per acre when the av­er­age price is about ¤800,000, he says. There are a thou­sand homes in the pipeline here says Peter Min­nock, di­rec­tor of plan­ning and strate­gic devel­op­ment at Naas County Coun­cil. De­vel­op­ers Ard­stone, Cairn, Glen­veagh and Bal­ly­more all have a pres­ence in the town. Bellings­field and Stoneleigh, both Bal­ly­more-built, are ready-to-buy and of­fer value in the three-bed semi sec­tor. A three-bed at Stoneleigh costs from ¤340,000 while prices at Bellings­field start from ¤350,000. A three-bed, mid-ter­race house at Elsmore by Cairn, on the New­bridge Road, starts from ¤305,000 while there are a small num­ber of three-bed semis re­main­ing at Cas­tle Farm by Ard­stone Homes where prices start from ¤327,500. West­field is a devel­op­ment of about 240 homes on the town’s west side that launched last Fe­bru­ary. There is lim­ited avail­abil­ity of its large three-bed semis, where prices start at ¤375,000 . It is a 12-minute walk from one of the town’s two train sta­tions, Louisa Bridge. Of the 53 units sold to date, 60 per cent of the pur­chasers were first-time buy­ers. The univer­sity town of Maynooth has a well laid out cen­tre as well as pedes­trian ac­cess to the fa­cil­i­ties of the Car­ton House Demesne. A ring road has been proposed and its route will be con­firmed in the next cou­ple of weeks. Kel­ston Prop­er­ties is about to start work on a site on Sta­tion Road, a devel­op­ment of about 200 houses. Cairn Homes has a plan­ning application in for about 400 homes.

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