Family matters in Kiltipper
Elder Heath, Kiltipper, Dublin 24 Asking price: €265,000-€330,000 Agent: DNG New Homes (01) 4912606
First-time buyers and families keen to leave rented apartments and get on the property ladder are the target market for the developers of Elder Heath, a scheme of three and four-bed affordable homes off the Kiltipper Road in Old Bawn, at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.
DNG, the selling agent, is now marketing 20 new homes at Elder Heath. Most of the residences will be three-bed semi-detached homes, though three-bed terraced properties and four-bed semi-detached and detached homes are also on offer.
The first houses built at Elder Heath were quietly introduced to the market in October 2014 before the development's official launch in February 2015. More than 70 homes there have been sold since, including 20 so far this year, and about 40 of the properties are already occupied. The latest crop are expected to be completed between July and October.
The majority of purchasers have been first-time buyers in search of a house and garden to accommodate their growing families.
But others have traded up from apartments in neighbourhoods such as Sandyford and Stepaside, and some buyers were downsizing from suburbs including Rathfarnham, Ballinteer, and Knocklyon.
Prices for the three-beds at Elder Heath start at €265,000 for the mid-terrace and end-of-terrace styles, which range in size from 1,119 sq ft to 1,163 sq ft.
The three-bed semi-detached versions are similar in size and cost from €280,000.
Prices for the four-bed semi-detached house types, which measure 1,270 sq ft, start at €315,000, while the detached version of the four-bed, which is the same size, command price tags starting at €330,000.
The facades of the timber frame-built houses are finished with a mix of mottled red and yellow brick with cream render, grey uPVC windows, pitched roofs and dry dash to the side elevations.
The driveways are cobbled in the same colour brickwork as the faces and timber side-gates lead to seeded and top-soiled rear gardens. The hardwood front door has a three-point locking system and comes from Munster Joinery, as do the argon-filled double-glazed windows.
The homes were designed by Fenton Associates and built by Kellend Homes Ltd. Each one has a custom-designed fitted and tiled kitchen with a separate utility room that is shelved and plumbed for a washing machine.
In the living room, there is a wall-mounted electric fire and, upstairs, all of the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.
The internal doors are colonial-style four-panel doors, with brushed chrome handles. There is tiling to the wet areas in all of the bathrooms and ensuites.
There are a number of energy-saving features at the Elder Heath properties aimed at boosting their efficiency: PV solar panels, an A-rated gas condensing boiler for the central heating system, and large high-performance windows all contribute to the A3 energy rating and help reduce running expenses.
Costs at Elder Heath are further kept in check by the fact buyers will not have to pay management fees.
Purchasers at the Old Bawn development have a wide range of amenities available, such as The Square Town Centre in Tallaght, the Citywest shopping centres and a number of local schools, including Scoil Carmel, Scoil Treasa, Old Bawn Community school, St Martin de Porres National School, and Firhouse Community College.
Kiltipper Road is 3km from the Square Town Centre and the centre of Tallaght. Purchasers eager for green space can take in the Dodder Valley Park and the Dodder river or Tymon Park, which is 4.5km away.
Dundrum Town Centre is 10km to the east. Motorists have access to numerous road networks, including the N81, M50, the Outer Ring Road linking to the M7 and M4.
Two show houses with two different layouts will open for viewing tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm.