Forty of 100 homes sold off the plans
Janeville, Carrigaline, Co Cork
When the sod needed turning at the start of the month at Janeville - a residential scheme in Carrigaline billed as the largest to undergo construction outside Dublin - naturally Simon Coveney, the housing minister and TD for the area, was at hand to do the honours.
Work on the 800-unit, €300m development in the commuter town has begun in earnest since the Cork South Central TD's photo op. Buyers, too, have been responding, amid a dearth of affordable new builds within commuting distance of the city: 40 out of the 100 homes in the first phase have already sold off the plans.
Due to demand over the past three weeks, a second phase of 100 units will likely be released at Janeville in October, six months ahead of schedule. Prices for the existing phase range from €290,000 for a three-bed semi-detached property to €495,000 for a five-bed detached home at Janeville.
The selling agent promises that buyers will receive "generous allowances" towards fit-outs of the homes, though all bathroom ware will be supplied and fitted.
The properties were designed to have an A3 energy rating, courtesy of features such as solar and PV panels.
The PLM Architects- designed houses are being built on a 100-acre site by Astra Construction Services, which has developed more than 2,000 houses in Carrigaline in the last three decades, including the vast Forest Hill.
Janeville, the developer's largest project to date, is being constructed on the Cork city side of Carrigaline, which means prospective buyers could drive straight onto the N28 main road from Ringaskiddy to the city.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Cork County Council are upgrading road to an M28 motorway to ease congestion. Janeville is 15km away from the city.
Enquiries to: Dan Howard & Co (021) 4248654