Spread your wings on a leafy estate
Landen Park, Oldtown Demesne, Naas, Co Kildare
Observant house-hunters who view show houses at Landen Park this weekend may recall something familiar about the name of the founder of Oldtown Demesne, the parkland site near Naas on which the development is built.
The leafy estate has been in the de Burgh family since Thomas Burgh, Surveyor General of Ireland in the early 18th century and a forefather of singer Chris de Burgh and his model daughter Rosanna Davison. The latter fronted an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? about her links to Thomas Burgh a few years ago.
Burgh was tasked with constructing and renovating the country's military barracks and oversaw the rebuilding of Dublin Castle. After buying almost 3,000 acres worth of land close to Naas, the leading British army military engineer built his own home on the estate.
The result, Oldtown House, was one of the first Palladian-winged dwellings in the country.
The winged theme continues in the latest chapter of building on the Kildare estate; the four styles of properties that comprise Landen Park are all named after birds. The large detached homes, which range in price from €490,000 to €525,000, are called The Swan and The Pheasant, and are selling off the plans.
Viewing of show units for The Lark and The Herron, the other two house types on offer, will be held between 3pm and 5pm tomorrow and Sunday. The Lark is a four-bed semi-detached house selling for €365,000, while the four-bed detached homes, called The Heron, are commanding prices starting at €465,000.
Built by Capital Homes, a Tullamore-based division of the private equity firm Capital Securities, Landen Park will eventually comprise some 112 houses on 14 acres waterways when the entire scheme is finished over the next year or so. Its new owners can avail of the woods and gardens at Oldtown Demesne, which spans the banks of the Grand Canal.
All of the homes for sale in the latest tranche have south-facing rear gardens. Construction on these properties will be completed over the next three to six months.
The energy-efficient homes will have gas condensing boilers, underfloor heating on the ground floor, u-valve windows and doors, and low-emission argon-filled windows that reflect heat back into the rooms. Outside, there are plug points for electric cars and photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity and water heating.
Enquiries to: REA Coonan (01) 6286128 or Sherry Fitzgerald O'Reilly (045) 866466.