Saturday 25 May 2019

New home view: Size matters at 430-home scheme

Ledwill Park Kilcock, Co Kildare

Asking price: €280,000-€410,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 667 1888 or Sherry FitzGerald Brady O'Flaherty (01) 651 0000

The kitchen at Ledwill Park, Kilcock, Co Kildare
The kitchen at Ledwill Park, Kilcock, Co Kildare
The bedroom
Out front: the façades are finished in a mix of brick and render
The living room

Ledwill Park in Kilcock, a rare example of a town where a road, a canal, a railway and a river run side-by-side, will this weekend become one of the largest developments to launch in Ireland so far this year.

When it's finished, the scheme will comprise 430 homes, mostly two, three and four-bed terraced, semi-detached and detached houses arranged around green open spaces.

Ledwill Park is located in the townland of Branganstown, beside Kilcock GAA Club's playing pitches, putting it just a few minutes' walk from the centre of the Co Kildare town. Because of its prices, which are firmly in first-time buyer territory, and its transport links to Dublin, which is just 34km away, Ledwill Park will likely draw the most interest from novice purchasers weary of forking out high rents in the capital.

Ledwill Park is being developed by Glenveagh Properties. The stock market-listed company, which is responsible for developments such as Marina Village in Greystones and Semple Woods in Donabate, has assembled a pipeline of 9,520 housing units, making it one of the country's biggest builders.

The first 30 houses at its Ledwill Park scheme will go on the market tomorrow, with prices starting at €280,000 for a 913 sq ft two-bed terraced home. The three-bed houses range in size from 1,104 sq ft to 1,228 sq ft, with prices going from €295,000 for a mid-terraced design to €315,000 for a semi-detached version.

There are two styles of four-bed properties available in this phase. Sizes range for the semi-detached and detached four-beds go from 1,602 sq ft to 1,894 sq ft, with prices starting at €410,000.

Externally, the homes have a façade finished in a mix of brick and render. Some of the styles have a full-brick front exterior and a slate canopy over an anthracite-grey composite front door that matches the exterior frames of the double-glazed UPVC windows. The front driveway is finished in Kilsaran paving.

Interior finishes include cream frames to the two-toned UPVC windows, painted shaker-style doors, and contemporary-style skirting and architraves throughout.

At the heart of each house at Ledwill Park is a fitted kitchen from Gallagher Kitchens; this space is also contemporary by design, with soft-close doors, a sleek swan tap above the sink, and an integrated upstand and extractor fan. French double doors lead from the kitchen/diner to a seeded garden that's secured by post-and-panel fencing.

Upstairs, Gallaghers also supplied the shaker-style wardrobes that are fitted to both the master bedroom and the second bedroom. Contemporary sanitaryware with matching fittings, as well as floor and wall tiling, are fitted to the master ensuite, the main bathroom and the downstairs WC.

All the homes at Ledwill Park are being constructed to be airtight so that a heat pump system can provide the thermostatically controlled, energy-efficient heating.

As well as the nearby GAA club, prospective Ledwill Park residents can avail of the Kilcock Celtic Football Club, the Kilcock Canoe Club and the North Kildare Club. The latter is a sporting and clubhouse facility for cricket, hockey, rugby and tennis.

For families, Kilcock is home to three primary schools, namely Scoil Chóca Naofa, St Joseph's Nation School and Scoil Uí Riada, as well as the Scoil Dara secondary school. For third-level students and staff, Maynooth University is just 5km away. Since late 2017, Kilcock and Maynooth have been connected by the Royal Canal Greenway, a canal-side facility for walkers and cyclists that will eventually link Dublin with Athlone.

Commuters to the capital can walk to Kilcock train station in ten minutes, with the journey to Connolly Station taking about 45 minutes. The M4 interchange is less than a five-minute drive from Ledwill Park, with the off-peak travel time estimated at 40 minutes. In addition, Bus Éireann runs routes 115 and 115A from Dublin to Mullingar via Kilcock.

Viewings of the Ledwill Park showhouses will take place tomorrow and Sunday, between 12pm and 2pm.

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