Saturday 21 January 2017

Eco-friendly builds are big on savings

Ferns Bridge, Monasterevin, Co Kildare

Published 28/10/2016 | 02:30

Ferns Bridge
Ferns Bridge

These three-bed family homes in Ferns Bridge, Monasterevin are looking towards eco-friendly measures as a key selling point.

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The developer, Masonbrook Holdings, has made a big play of the Thermia heat pump which is fitted in each house, giving "24/7/365" heat and hot water, but with much lower bills than normal. The costs the owner can expect are around €300-€350 for heating and €150-€200 for the year's supply of water, depending on usage. There's remote access via smartphone to the system and no fiddly timers or controls to worry about. It's "fit and forget" according to the builder.

This weekend sees a new launch, of which there will be 30 in total - slightly larger than the previous phase. Houses measure 1,260 sq ft, but there is an option for an attic conversion, bringing it up to 1,600 sq ft. On the ground floor level is an L-shaped kitchen/dining room, which has double doors leading out to the rear garden. There is a separate living room to the front, with a guest WC off the hall. Upstairs, the main bedroom is ensuite and there is a family bathroom also. Prices start from €214,950.

Ferns Bridge is five minutes' walk from the train station, which services Dublin, while both the M7 and M9 motorways offer road transport options.

There are primary and secondary schools within walking distance, and the town of Monasterevin is around 1km from the development. For shoppers, Kildare Village is 10km to the east, as is the Curragh racecourse. Other bigger nearby towns are Newbridge, Naas and Portlaoise.

Enquiries to: REA Brophy Farrell (045) 431327

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