Customisation on offer at Ard Uisce
Ard Uisce, Wexford Town, Co Wexford
Ard Uisce, a development in the sunny south east, commands views of Wexford Harbour from its elevated vantage point on the top of Whiterock Hill.
The scheme is in the midst of its second phase after a new showhouse opened in January. The phase consists of 24 homes and six different house types, though 10 of the houses have already been snapped up. Of the remaining 14, six are three-bed detached properties priced from €220,000 and eight are four-bed detached homes costing from €240,000. Sizes range from 1,100 sq ft to 1,464 sq ft and there are different layouts available to suit all breeds of purchaser.
Buyers to date have been a mix of young first-time buyers - buoyed by the Government's Help-to-Buy scheme that came into effect in January - and older people downsizing from larger homes. In addition, a handful of interested parties are professionals from Dublin who can work remotely or are semi-retired and want to live by the sea and travel to Dublin occasionally, according to the selling agent. He added that a new road bypassing Enniscorthy, scheduled for completion next year, will shorten the journey to Dublin.
The developer of Ard Uisce is Wexford Low Energy Homes, led by Enniscorthy man Dan Morrissey. Under a different entity, Morrissey built 72 properties at Ard Uisce before calling a halt to construction in 2009, by which point all the units had sold. Morrissey survived the crash and later recommenced building at the scheme.
The newest batch of homes are all A-rated and have been fitted with PV panels to generate additional electricity.
While the building regulations for energy efficient homes don't allow for open chimneys, buyers do have the option of having a stove fitted in the living room, the agent said.
The prices include fitted kitchens and bathrooms. Buyers can choose from a list of options that will enable them to tailor their house to their own tastes, as long as the purchase is made before construction of the roof stage. For instance, they can spring for the standard Cedarwood kitchen available at Ard Uisce or choose a €2,000 kitchen allowance instead. They also have a choice between an electric stove and a €300 allowance.
Ard Uisce is 3km from the centre of Wexford town and there is also a bus stop outside the gate, while the N25 ring road provides access to the motorway network.
There is a Gaelscoil 1.5km from the development, while Wexford Golf Club and GAA park are both nearby.
Viewings of the two four-bed showhouses are by appointment only.
Enquiries to: Kearney & Co (053) 912 3015.