Thursday 21 November 2019

A move in Royal direction

Athlumney Wood, Navan, Co Meath Asking price: From €299,950 Agent: REA T&J Gavigan (046) 902 3232

The exterior of the houses in Athlumey Wood
The exterior of the houses in Athlumey Wood
The kitchen dining area which overlooks the back garden
The living room

Athlumney Wood, a development in the Johnstown area of Navan that originated in 2003, may have been through the mill, but the first new phase of the scheme in about eight years means the Royal County estate is enjoying a renaissance.

The development, situated about 2km east of Navan town centre, now consists of three and four-bed semi-detached homes, four-bed detached properties, terraced homes, apartments, and an on-site Giraffe creche. But progress on Athlumney Wood stalled during the property crash. By 2009, prices for homes there had halved and by January 2011, after years of price cuts, the properties at the Navan scheme were a royal bargain: 1,033-sq ft three-bed semis were selling for as little as €149,950, compared to €289,950 in 2007.

After 15 years, Athlumney Wood is finally wrapping up, with the launch of a last phase consisting of 37 homes, including four-bed semis ranging in size from 1,382 sq ft to 1,435 sq ft.

Unlike new sections at some schemes that were started during the Celtic Tiger, which are often built by new developers who have acquired unfinished estates with remaining development land, Andrews Construction has been behind Athlumney Wood all along. The Leinster company built 360 houses at Athlumney Wood and 150 homes at Athlumney Castle, and last weekend launched the first of the 79 homes it's building at Castlewellan Park in Celbridge.

The last tranche at Athlumney Wood is aimed at both first-time buyers and growing families seeking more bang for their buck within the commuter belt - Dublin is 35 minutes away in light traffic on the M3.

But it's also attracting residents from older phases of Athlumney Wood in search of a larger living space, according to the selling agent.

Eight three-bed semis from the final phase came on stream at Athlumney Wood last weekend and four have already been booked. The remaining three-beds each measure 1,261 sq ft and are priced from €299,950. The concrete block-built homes, which are set amidst landscaped open green spaces, have a brick facade with dashes of render and anthracite grey to the frames of the future-proofed windows and to the Ultratech front door. The paved front driveway has enough parking space for two cars, and hedging separates the driveways from those of neighbouring properties. French doors to the rear lead to a back garden.

Internally, there is a living room up front with a wall-mounted electric fire and a bay window. To the rear of the ground floor is a kitchen/diner with a rear extension for a family lounge area - especially useful for parents who want to keep an eye on their children while they are cooking dinner. Buyers also have a choice of colours for the fully-fitted kitchen. A guest WC, storage space and a utility complete the downstairs accommodation. On the first floor, the master ensuite overlooks yet another bay window and there are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Two of the three bedrooms come with fitted wardrobes.

There are heated towel rails in each bathroom, while the ensuite for the master bedroom is fitted with shower doors. Other interior touches include a stairs to the attic and painting throughout.

The homes were designed to achieve an A3 BER and PV panels on the roof generate additional electricity.

There is a slew of schools nearby at the Johnstown Educational Campus, while the Johnstown Shopping Centre is on the scheme's doorstep. The showhouse will be on view tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm, or during the week by appointment.

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