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New homes on view this weekend

  • Kilbelin Abbey, Newbridge, Co Kildare

  • Asking price: €415,000 to €440,000

  • Agent: Coonan New Homes (045) 832 020

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The kitchen/dining area overlooking the garden

The kitchen/dining area overlooking the garden

The exterior of Kilbelin Abbey

The exterior of Kilbelin Abbey

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The kitchen/dining area overlooking the garden

In the 19th century, Newbridge was a garrison town and grew up around the Cavalry Barracks, in turn built on lands purchased from three landlords, including the Hannon family of Kilbelin.

These days, the Co Kildare town, which sits on the banks of the River Liffey, is a dormitory town, popular with commuters into Dublin city centre. Indeed, both local trader-uppers and commuters are the target market for Kilbelin Abbey, a new development of four-bed detached properties that's launching this weekend. The scheme will have 70 homes when it's eventually finished.

It's being built on the Athgarvan Road, near an existing early-noughties development called Liffey Hall, by Montane Developments, which is also developing 280 homes at The Paddocks in Newbridge.

The first phase of Kilbelin Abbey consists of 14 detached homes, with three styles of four-bed detached houses available in the initial tranche. The White Abbey spans 1,715 sq ft and costs from €415,000, while the Grey Abbey is a tad larger and more expensive - at 1,725 sq ft and €420,000, respectively. The biggest house design is the Black Abbey, which extends over 1,870 sq ft and is priced from €440,000.

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The exterior of Kilbelin Abbey

The exterior of Kilbelin Abbey

The exterior of Kilbelin Abbey

The houses will be set amid landscaped green spaces dotted throughout the development. Depending on the house type chosen, the front exterior of the homes are either in a half-redbrick, half-rendered blockwork, or in a full-brick. There are period-style details such as two front bay windows at some styles and bow-topped front railings, with reconstituted granite to the sills of the high-performance windows.

Inside the double-fronted Grey Abbey house type, there is a family room to the left of the entrance hallway and a living room with a bay window off to the right. Double doors lead from the family room to the hub of these family homes - the kitchen/diner. The contemporary-style kitchen units will be supplied and fitted by Nolan Kitchens and will include soft-close doors and drawers, as well as a peninsula unit.

Glass double doors open from the dining area to a paved patio and a rear garden that's enclosed by capped block walls. To the right of the kitchen is both a guest WC and a utility room with fitted kitchen units, a contemporary countertop, and access to the side passage.

A red-deal feature staircase with walnut newel caps and a walnut handrail leads up to the first floor, where there is a master bedroom with a bay window and an ensuite.

This level also has a second ensuite bedroom, a family bathroom, a storage area, and two further double bedrooms. Buyers have a tiling allowance for the bathrooms.

The low-carbon, low-energy homes at Kilbelin Abbey were designed to achieve either an A2 or A3 BER, thereby keeping a lid on the cost of heating and hot water. Kilbelin Abbey is a short distance from the fee-paying Newbridge College and from Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara, Kildare's only Irish-speaking secondary school. For the retail enthusiast, Newbridge is home to the Whitewater Shopping centre, one of Ireland's largest retail shopping centres with 75 outlets.

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Traffic permitting, Dublin city centre is a 45-minute drive away, thanks to the N7 and M7, which are located next to Newbridge town, while the M50 can be accessed in 25 minutes. A regular bus service connects Newbridge with Dublin and commuters can avail of a regular train service from the town to the city centre.

Viewings of the showhouses at Kilbelin Abbey will be held tomorrow and Sunday from 12pm to 1.30pm.

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