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Online showhouse for Galway scheme as second phase of apartments go on view in Salthill

Prices start at €245,000 at the Gleann na Móna development in Knocknacarra

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A digital impression of the Gleann na Móna development at Ballymoneen Road, Knocknacarra, Galway

A digital impression of the Gleann na Móna development at Ballymoneen Road, Knocknacarra, Galway

All the apartments have terraces or balconies off the living area

All the apartments have terraces or balconies off the living area

The apartments have open plan kitchen/dining rooms

The apartments have open plan kitchen/dining rooms

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A digital impression of the Gleann na Móna development at Ballymoneen Road, Knocknacarra, Galway

This week’s house price report from the Irish Independent/REA Average House Price Index showed that the country’s 1pc plus per month Celtic Tiger-style pace of house-price inflation is now most pronounced outside Dublin.

In Galway city, asking prices jumped 12.6pc in the second quarter of this year from the same period in 2020, compared to an increase of 8.4pc in Dublin, according to the Daft report which also came out on Monday.

During the pandemic, Galwegians have returned from Dublin and abroad to work remotely in their home city, fuelling demand for property there even further.

The city’s supply of new homes had already lagged that of Dublin and Cork during the post-crash recovery, though more developments finally began to spring up in 2019.

That year saw the release of the first phase of Gleann na Móna, a scheme in the west Galway suburb of Knocknacarra.

Once sales of the 30 four-bed semi-detached houses in the initial phase of Gleann na Móna were complete, local builder K King Construction moved onto the second phase, namely 32 one, two and three-bed apartments at the development, which is located on the Ballymoneen Road, a few minutes’ walk from the promenade and resort at Salthill.

The four-storey block of apartments began selling off the plans in February, with eight one-bed and two-bed apartments still on the market. Construction only began in April, with completion earmarked for next spring, so the show-apartment at Gleann na Móna has been digitally staged.

Demand for the apartments at the first development to be built in the Knocknacarra/Salthill area in a decade is mainly coming from first-time buyers with professional jobs, high-end investors, and older people downsizing from larger homes.

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The apartments have open plan kitchen/dining rooms

The apartments have open plan kitchen/dining rooms

The apartments have open plan kitchen/dining rooms

Prices for the remaining units range from €245,000 for a one-bed measuring 477 sq ft, while the two-beds range from €290,000 to €305,000 for an 808-sq ft unit on the second floor.

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The contemporary-style apartments will be set over four levels, with lifts down to a secure underground car-park. Inside, each home will have an open-plan kitchen/living/dining room overlooking a private terrace or balcony, double bedrooms, extra storage space, and a main bathroom.

Each property will achieve an A energy rating, thank to air-to-water heating and mechanical heat recovery ventilation.

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All the apartments have terraces or balconies off the living area

All the apartments have terraces or balconies off the living area

All the apartments have terraces or balconies off the living area

As construction is still at an early stage, there are no details available yet on internal finishes.

However, buyers of the one-bed apartments will each receive an allowance of €4,000 for a kitchen, €4,000 for flooring and tiling, and €800 for bedroom wardrobes. The allowance for the two-bed apartments is €5,000 for a kitchen, the same amount for flooring and tiling, and €1,600 for wardrobes.

Gleann na Móna is being developed at Knocknacarra’s Blake Roundabout, just off the Western Distributor Road. The site is 6.5km from the city centre and 5km from both NUI Galway and University Hospital Galway.

For family buyers, there is a slew of secondary schools, primary schools and Gaelscoileanna in Knocknacarra itself. Community amenities include the Salthill/Knocknacarra GAA Club, Salthill/Devon FC, sea-swimming, and the playground at Knocknacarra Community Centre.

As well as the restaurants, hotels and bars at Salthill, buyers can take in the Clybaun Hotel and Tom Sheridan’s Bar & Restaurant in Knocknacarra.

The apartments at Gleann na Móna are for sale through Keane Mahony Smith (091) 563744 and Shane Heskin Auctioneers (091) 565857.


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