An Fuarán provides a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way in Oranmore
An Fuarán Oranmore, Co Galway
Asking price: €320,000-€355,000
Agent: DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard (091) 565261 or Tom Brett Auctioneers (091) 567890
The first written record of Oranmore village, which is situated on the edge of Oranmore Bay, is in the Annals of the Four Masters. The Co Galway village was originally called Fuarán Mór, which referred to a spring to the northwest of the area.
These days, Oranmore is an expanding commuter village, as it's just a ten-minute drive from Galway city and has access to the M6 motorway between Dublin and Galway and to the M18 motorway between Limerick and Galway. The Oranmore railway station reopened in 2013 after a 50-year closure, so commuters can also travel by rail to Galway, Dublin, Ennis and Limerick. The village is also on the Wild Atlantic Way, so it is popular with tourists travelling along the 2,500km-stretch between Donegal and west Cork.
Just a two-minute walk from Oranmore's Main Street is An Fuarán, a new scheme of 86 homes that's named after the village's heritage. It's being developed by Ardstone Homes, the company responsible for new Leinster schemes such as Muileann in Kinsealy, Castle Farm in Naas, and White Pines in Rathfarnham. When it's finished, An Fuarán will have landscaped open green spaces.
The Co Galway development was launched on May 25 and May 26, when the selling agents released 19 properties. However, demand was so high that the agents sold some 30 houses during the launch weekend, with first-time buyers dominating sales.
There are still 14 houses for sale at An Fuarán. Prices in the tranche start at €320,000 for a three-bed mid-terraced style, at €335,000 for a three-bed end-of-terrace design, and at €355,000 for a three-bed semi-detached home.
Externally, grey uPVC frames to the large high-performance windows from Grady Joinery and a grey front door complement the stone cladding to part of the façade, with painted render to the remainder of the front exterior. There is parking for two cars in the paved driveway to the front of each house, while a large glazed door to the rear opens onto a paved area and a back garden. In the showhouse, a pergola has been fitted over the patio.
Fitzgerald Kitchens supplied the bespoke kitchens, which come with stone-effect worktops and include appliances such as an integrated fridge-freezer, a dishwasher and an oven if contracts are signed and returned within 28 days. The kitchens in the three-bed homes are in a contemporary style, while the four-beds come with an Irish hand-painted shaker-style kitchen.
Fitzgeralds also provided the built-in wardrobes to all the bedrooms. There is contemporary-style sanitaryware, tiling and heated towel rails to the bathrooms and to the master ensuite.
The houses at An Fuarán were designed to achieve both an A2 Ber and to comply with the Part L building regulations that are due to come into effect in 2020. Each property has an air-to-water heat pump for central heating and hot water, and the heating can be controlled from different zones throughout the house. A ventilation system in the highly insulated homes removes moisture from wet areas such as the bathrooms and kitchen.
Viewings at An Fuarán are by appointment.