New home view: Your kitchen rules at Oaktree development
Integrated appliances fitted as reward for quick contract turnaround
After William Hall Walker, a wealthy and eccentric Scottish colonel, set up a stud farm at the Tully estate outside Kildare Town in 1900, he became the most successful horse breeder of his era.
Hall Walker's finest hour came when King Edward VII led Minoru, born and raised at Tully, into Epsom's winners' enclosure in the 1909 Derby.
In 1915, Hall Walker gifted the stud and all its stock to the British government. In 1943, the newly formed Irish Government took over the land and created the Irish National Stud there in 1946.
More than six decades later, Queen Elizabeth II came to Tully to see where her family's thoroughbreds had been produced and raised.
On Tully Road, en route to the 958-ac home of some of the world's most famous stallions, first-time buyers will be jockeying for a place of their own at Oaktree.
With prices starting at €250,000 for a three-bed house, the new development launching this weekend will draw house-hunters keen on an affordable property within commuting distance of Dublin. The development of three and four-bed family homes in the equestrian county is 1km both from Kildare Town's bus terminus and from the M7 motorway, with the capital a 35 minute drive away, traffic permitting. The train station is 2km away.
When finished, the scheme will have 163 homes, 129 of which will be three-bed semi-detached and detached homes.
There are 27 properties for sale in the first phase, namely 25 three-bed semi-detached units measuring 1,200 sq ft to 1,302 sq ft from the B type range. These cost from €250,000, depending on the style chosen.
There is also one three-bed detached property laid out over 1,227 sq ft and one four-bed detached dwelling spanning 1,441 sq ft.
Prices for the sole three-bed detached property and the single four-bed property from the D type start at €285,000.
The houses will especially suit families who plan to expand their brood in future: all the properties were built with attic trusses to facilitate a conversion of the attic space, with scope for an extra 250 sq ft in the B type homes and 400 sq ft in the B1 type. If contracts are signed and returned within 21 days, the kitchens will be fitted with integrated appliances, such as a Zanussi dishwasher, a fridge-freezer, an eye-level oven, a Normende microwave and a Zanussi gas four-ring hob.
The Oaktree homes were designed to have an A3 building energy rating. Their energy-efficient features include solar panels on the roof and a three-zone central heating system powered by a condensing gas boiler.
Viewings at Oaktree, which began yesterday, will continue today from 12pm-2pm. From tomorrow and Sunday, viewings will take place from 2pm-4pm.
Oaktree, Kildare Town Asking price: €250,000-€285,000 Agent: DNG New Homes (01) 4912600 or DNG Doyle (045) 874795