New home view: Race to The Curragh
It's horses for courses as the second phase of Ridgewood Manor offers a variety of house types
Mere furlongs from the Curragh racecourse, house-hunters are jockeying for a property from the second phase of Ridgewood Manor, a new development at the edge of The Curragh.
The Co Kildare scheme, originally launched in June 2016 and just 1.5km from the racecourse's clubhouse, also has racing of a different kind in its blood: it's being built by Garyaron Homes, which is run by motor rally champion Austin McHale and his two rally driving sons Gareth and Aaron. The company has a long track record of developing in Dublin and Kildare.
Ridgewood Manor, located off the Melitta Road outside Kildare town, will comprise some 100 houses when it's eventually finished. Eleven three- and four-bed homes came on the market this week for a pre-launch of the second phase of Ridgewood Manor. The pre-launch was organised to meet latent demand for the total of 62 houses due to come on-stream in the latest phase of the scheme over the next 12 months.
Prices for the latest tranche start at €290,000 for a three-bed semi-detached home from the B type, with 1,280 sq ft of accommodation. The C type is a slightly larger three-bed: it spans 1,485 sq ft and costs from €297,500. Among the tranche is one detached three-bed from the C1 range priced from €315,000. Also selling for that price is the F3 design - a four-bed semi-detached style with 1,605 sq ft of space spread out over three floors.
Designed by Dublin-based John Fleming Architects, the houses are arranged around landscaped green spaces and have an Edwardian flavour. To the rear of each house type, French doors lead out from the kitchen/diner to a garden with block-built walls, a shed and a side gate. There is a cobblelock driveway to the front with enough space to park two cars.
Inside, the tiled kitchen has painted wood units and will include integrated appliances if signed contracts are exchanged within 21 days. This will prove especially useful for purchasers of the three-beds, most of whom are expected to be first-time buyers with little wiggle room in their budget for appliances, the agent says.
The bathrooms and ensuites have heated towel rails and are fully tiled, while each of the bedrooms comes with built-in contemporary-style wardrobes. The A3-rated homes are equipped with an air-to-water heat pump.
The biggest selling point of the three-beds from the B design is that its attics have been primed for future conversion into an extra living space, giving first-time buyers the option to expand upwards if their families grow. The C type three-bed has the most unusual layout of all the house styles: the main entrance is to one side, not the front. On entering the hall, there is an L-shaped kitchen/dining/family room to the left and a dual-aspect living room to the right. In the F3 four-bed style, there are Velux windows above the kitchen/diner/lounge, allowing in more natural light. Three bedrooms and a family bathroom are located on the first floor, while the second floor, which has a dormer window, is home to a master ensuite and storage space.
Ridgewood Manor is a 10-minute walk from Kildare town's train station. The train journey from Kildare town to Heuston Station takes just 25 minutes and there is also a frequent bus service to the capital. Viewings for the second phase of Ridgewood Manor took place on Wednesday and will continue tomorrow, from 11am to 1pm.