Set for life at Limetree
Limetree Hall, Maynooth, Co Kildare Asking price: €389,750-€495,000 Agent: JP&M Doyle (045) 865568
The grounds of Carton House, the stately pile designed in 1739 for the Earl of Kildare by Richard Cassels, the classical architect who was also responsible for Leinster House, was one of the country's finest Georgian parklands for 200 years.
The 1,100ac estate is now home to a luxury golf resort, but retains many traces of a bygone era, including a mile-long tree-lined walkway that links the demesne to the centre of Maynooth.
Limetree Hall, a new scheme launched earlier this month, has pedestrian access to this public walkway, which was renamed from Carton Avenue to Lord Edward FitzGerald Avenue in 2013 to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of FitzGerald, leader of the 1798 rebellion.
Limetree Hall, built on a former paddocks on Maynooth's Dublin Road, also features several green spaces of its own on its six acre site, with two of those acres earmarked for parkland. Given that 12 of the 19 homes in the first phase of Limetree Hall have already been sold, the second phase will launch soon to meet demand, according to the selling agent.
When the scheme of detached and semi-detached four and five-bed homes is complete, there will be 36 houses in all, spread out over three phases.
There are three house types in the initial phase. The Walnut is a two-storey, four-bed property measuring 1,305 sq ft and costing from €389,750, while The Cherry is a four-bed detached unit priced from €435,000. The Alder, meanwhile, is a five-bed, three-storey detached house that spans 1,771 sq ft and has a price tag starting at €495,000. There are just two Walnut types still available in this phase, as well as one Cherry type and two Alder styles.
The red-brick fronted homes have exteriors that incorporate self-coloured render, aluminium-clad timber-frame windows from Carlson with silver granite windowsills, and roof trimmings made from metal rather than PVC. The facades are complemented by cobble-locked front driveways flanked by feature planting.
The rear gardens have a paved patio with a tap and external socket for a barbeques.
Because the larger-than-standard houses were designed to be life-long homes, there is plenty of storage, versatile kitchen and living area layouts, and attics primed for conversion in some units.
Included in the purchase price are all of the wood flooring to the ground floor, the fitted wardrobes in each of the bedrooms, and the fitted kitchens with appliances.
Buyers have a choice of style for the kitchen units, namely traditional shaker-style or gloss style, as well as a selection of tiling for the bathrooms, ensuites and downstairs WCs.
The ensuites have walk-in pressurised showers. Some of the bedrooms are fitted with study desks and/or dressing tables, and there is an option to install a control pad in the main bedroom for a security system.
Additional finishes include plaster cornicing to the main reception room and hallway, contemporary skirting and architraves, and painted shaker-style internal doors with brushed chrome handles, locks and hinges.
Developed by Ecolodge Construction, the Limetree Hall houses come with a BER of A2, courtesy of features such as a heat-recovery mechanical ventilation system designed to supply clean air to the interior of the homes, as well as an A-class air source heat pump for the central heating system.
Maynooth itself has a slew of national and second-level schools as well as NUI Maynooth, the country's fastest-growing university campus.
There is a frequent rail service to Dublin from the train station in the centre of the town, as well as regular bus services.
Liffey Valley shopping centre is less than 20 minutes away, along the M4 motorway.
Open viewings will be held between 2pm and 3pm tomorrow.
For more details on Limetree Hall, visit www.limetreehall.ie.