Rural life beckons in Dunshaughlin
Kellett's Grove, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath
Over the past two decades, house-hunters seeking an affordable home in the capital's satellite belt have been drawn to Clonee - the Dublin border is right outside the centre of the busy Meath commuter village.
However, a quieter taste of rural life beckons just 10km to the northwest of Clonee, in Dunshaughlin.
Dunshaughlin is still a bustling village, with a large number of amenities for families, including schools, GAA clubs and shops.
It has had its fair share of residential construction over the years, the most recent addition being Kellett's Grove. Developer Eastwise Homes is building the new scheme to the east of Dunshaughlin, about a 500m walk from the village's main street.
This new development of three and four-bed semi-detached and detached properties will be built over two phases, the first of which launches this weekend. With prices starting at €279,000, the houses are ideal starter homes.
Their appeal to first-time buyers is enhanced by the fact a deposit of €33,800 will be required to secure one under Central Bank rules, making the properties a lot less expensive than similarly-sized units in Dublin.
There will be three types of home among the 11 houses being marketed for the first phase of Kellett's Grove and 30 units in the later phase, with four house types available then.
During the initial phase, there will be four three-bed semi-detached homes for sale. These will have a floor space of 1,162 sq ft and cost from €279,000.
There will also be six four-bed semi-detached dwellings, each spanning 1,400 sq ft with prices starting at €319,000, and one four-bed detached unit costing €349,000.
The exterior of the Kellett's Grove homes will have a full-brick façade, with a cobble-lock driveway out front.
The A-rated homes are spacious inside, coming with a family area downstairs in addition to a separate large living room. There are 9ft ceilings in the four-bed properties.
Kellett's Grove itself is a 15-minute drive to the M50 and Blanchardstown Town Centre.
Commuters who prefer public transport can use the train station and park-and-ride facility at the M3 Parkway, which is 6km away and offers regular train services to central Dublin.
In addition, there are about 40 daily bus services to and from the capital. St Seachnall's national school and the Dunshaughlin Community College secondary school are within walking distance.
The show homes at Kellett's Grove will be open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1pm-3pm.
For more details, see kellettsgrove.com.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 8259452 or Eastwise Homes (086) 8250825.