Five-home enclave in Celbridge
Marlay Drive, Celbridge, Co Kildare
Long before it became a commuter town, Celbridge was known for being the home of Castletown House, built in 1722 for William Conolly, the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. The stately home was Ireland's first Palladian mansion, and its vast grounds were designed to reflect the owner's power and to serve as a venue for large-scale political entertaining.
Within a short walk of Castletown House and Estate is Marlay Drive, a development of five homes that is now selling off the plans. The enclave, which is being built off the Maynooth Road, will contain four- and five-bed detached homes and one four-bed bungalow. Prices start at €550,000 for the 1,651sq ft bungalow and climb to €595,000 for a four-bed detached home with 1,750 sq ft of space. A five-bed measuring 2,400 sq ft is priced from €650,000.
The houses are traditional in style, with brick and render to the façade, decorative steel railings to the side and front, and ornate coving throughout the ground floor. The ceilings are extra-high inside -- 2.7m high at the ground floor and 2.6m high on the first floor - and there will be a multi-fuel insert stove in the living room. An allowance of €2,250 is available to buyers for tiling, while the PC sum for the kitchen, utility and built-in wardrobes amounts to €17,250.
The A-rated homes will have a low-energy air-to-water heat pump for the central heating, including for the underfloor heating system to the ground floor, while roof-mounted solar panels will generate cheap hot water. There's even an external power point for electric cars.
Commuters who buy at Marlay Drive can reach Heuston Station in as little as 20 minutes from the Arrow service at Hazelhatch. Celbridge is also serviced by Dublin Bus route 67, Bus Éireann and private bus companies. The town is located just off the N4, and Dublin city centre is 21km away.
Enquiries to: Team Lorraine Mulligan RE/MAX Results (01) 6272770