Making the most of Naas
Finlay Park, Naas, Co Kildare Asking price: €320,000-€350,000 Agent: Dillon Marshall New Homes (01) 4967574
Perched on the banks of the Grand Canal yet a brief walk to the centre of Naas, Finlay Park offers buyers seeking a family home a blend of both a rural and urban environment.
Indeed, the new development is just off the canal walk and is linked to Main Street in Naas - one of Europe's fastest growing towns - by the Abbey Bridge, an 18th century stone canal bridge. The scheme makes the most of its surroundings, with large landscaped areas and canal walkways.
The first section of Finlay Park will comprise 60 three and four-bed semi-detached family homes, as well as a detached style that will be released in the new year. This weekend sees the release of the first phase, which consists of 15 properties.
The scheme is being developed by the Westar Group, the family-owned company responsible for the Esmonde Avenue and Aughamore estates in Clane.
The traditional-style homes at Finlay Park are finished in red-brick, have cream frames and granite windowsills. A slate canopy hangs over a front door that is flanked by glass panelling.
The roofs of the four-beds feature a dormer window. All of the private driveways, which have space for two cars, are paved with cobble-lock. Each home is divided from neighbouring residences by iron railings and a small green space with shrubbery. There is a landscaped garden to the rear of each property.
Prices for The Abbey, a three-bed semi-detached house style extending to 1,238 sq ft, start at €320,000. The four-bed version, known as The Connaught, measures 1,540 sq ft and costs from €350,000.
At The Abbey, the internal accommodation is spread out over two floors. On the ground floor, a set of double doors leads from the living room to an open-plan kitchen with a breakfast bar and a dining area.
The kitchen/dining space is flooded with light, thanks to skylights in the vaulted ceiling. From here, patio doors open on to the back garden.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, one of which is an ensuite, and a family bathroom.
The Connaught, meanwhile, is set over three floors. The layout on the ground and first floors is similar to that of The Abbey, but the additional floor houses a fourth bedroom with an ensuite and a separate storage area.
Interior finishes include a modern-style feature staircase, a sealed wood-burning stove in the living room and a fitted and tiled kitchen.
There are fitted wardrobes in all of the bedrooms, though an allowance is also available. Buyers will have a choice of paint colours for the internal walls.
The A-rated homes have higher-than-standard levels of thermal performance and air tightness. The low-energy, low-carbon dwellings at Finlay Park have solar panels on the roof that heat domestic water, which is then stored in a large cylinder, as well as high-performance, low u-value windows and external doors.
A condensing gas boiler with multi-zone controls reduces energy wastage, thereby cutting utility bills.
House-hunters with children who opt for Finlay Park will have six primary and secondary schools in the vicinity. The Whitewater Shopping Centre and the designer Outlet centre at Kildare Village are both a short drive away, while Newbridge is a 15 minute drive.
Horse-racing enthusiasts will have Punchestown, The Curragh and Naas racecourses in close proximity.
Purchasers at Finlay Park who commute will be a short drive away from the M7 interchange. For the non-motorists, there is a frequent Arrow rail service in and out of Dublin from nearby Sallins.
Viewings will be held between 1pm-3.30pm tomorrow and Sunday.