Young families and commuters seeking more bang for their buck in exchange for a short train journey to Dublin city centre are the target market for a new section of Willouise, a development in the Co Kildare town of Sallins that's close to both the train station and access to the M7 motorway.
Willouise is located on the Straffan Road, where it's a five-minute walk from the centre of Sallins, an expanding commuter town with a humpbacked bridge that crosses the Grand Canal.
The banks of the canal were the setting for the original Willouise developments, some 100 apartments, duplexes and houses that were built at the scheme before, during and after the property crash. However, Tolmac Construction, a Clondalkin-based building company, bought 17 house sites last year to the front of the scheme, with a plan to develop 17 A-rated four-bed and five-bed detached houses.
Tolmac last year launched Palmville Close, an enclave of detached homes in Lucan, and was also responsible for Blackthorn Place near the north Dublin suburb of Kinsealy in 2018 and Airpark Square in Rathfarnham the previous year.
The first seven of Tolmac's properties at Willouise went on the market last weekend. Prices start at €425,000 for the four four-bed detached houses available and at €465,000 for the three five-bed detached styles for sale. The four-beds measure 1,425 sq ft and have two storeys, while the five-beds have 1,835 sq ft of living space arranged across three floors.
All the houses have a low-maintenance redbrick façade, a timber-trussed roof with concrete roof tiles, and cream exterior frames to the double-glazed UPVC windows from Munster Joinery. The latter company also supplied the forest green Ultratech front door, which has a glass panel, a multi-locking system, and a sloped canopy overhead. There is a front dormer window to the second floor of the five-bed design.
Out front, there is a paved driveway, and there is a private garden to the rear. There are black railings and soft landscaping between driveways and to the front boundary of each home.
Inside the five-bed detached house type, there is a front guest WC directly off the hallway, with a front living room on the other side of the entrance hall. Double glazed doors open from the sitting room to an extended kitchen/dining/living room. The rear living area to this space has three skylights overhead for extra natural light and a set of French doors to the garden.
The custom-designed fitted kitchen comes with brushed chrome handles, a tiled floor, and a separate utility room. A timber stairs, complete with red deal newels, handrails and balustrades, lead to the upstairs accommodation.
On the first floor, there are four bedrooms - one of which is en-suite - and a family bathroom. The second floor is occupied by the master bedroom, which has a dormer window, an en-suite, and storage space.
The bathrooms and en-suites are fitted with contemporary sanitaryware and there is floor tiling and tiled splashbacks to the guest WC, the main bathroom and the en-suites. There are fitted wardrobes to the bedrooms. Other interior finishes include panel doors with brushed steel handles, painted architraves and skirting boards, and USB ports to some double sockets.
The A2 rating at the Willouise properties comes courtesy of energy-efficient features such as an air-to-water heat pump for the heating system. There is underfloor heating throughout each home.
Sallins is 3.5km from the centre of Naas and 40km from Dublin. JJ Kavanaghs runs a bus service from Sallins to the city centre, while motorists can reach the city in 45 minutes along the newly-upgraded M7 when traffic is light. The new Sallins bypass will give commuters easy access to the M7 at the new interchange.
For rail commuters, the train station is less than a 10-minute walk away and there are normally as many as 23 train departures a day to Dublin. The city is five stops away on the Arrow commuter service.
Viewings of the new Willouise showhouse are by appointment.