Rhyming house sales?

THERE’S rhyme and reason to a Killarney new homes scheme — it is called after one of Ireland’s early 20th century poets.

Áit Ledwidge is on the upmarket Woodlawn Road, and is named in honour of the poet Francis Ledwidge, born in Slane, who died in the battle of Ypres in 1917. His name stands with WW1 poets like Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke and Wilfed Owen in depicting the senseless slaughters in Europe’s trenches.

Trench work of a milder kind came last week with the turning of the sod for this scheme of 11 houses off the Muckross Road, within walking distance of Killarney town centre.

The site was home for years to local publication and printing business, the Killarney Advertiser, which is relocating. The business’s founding father Danny Casey’s highly rated Francis Ledwidge’s poetry, hence the name Áit Ledwidge in the 90th anniversary year of the war poet’s death.

Ted Healy of the DNG network is selling the eight four-bed semis and three two-bed townhouses, and says three have already sold from plans.

Four bedroom semi detached houses come in two sizes, 1,324 sq ft or 1,570 sq ft, priced from €435,000, and 963 sq ft townhouses are from €330,000.

“They’ll be completed to an extremely high standard with a turn-key finish, and with a special emphasis on energy conservation,” he states, and adds that standard features will include a zoned gas heating system, solar panels for efficient water heating and CAT 5 cabling for IT needs and communications.

There will also be fitted kitchens, including fridge freezer, cooker, gas hob, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher, solid oak veneered internal doors, tiled and solid timber floor coverings, double glazed hardwood windows, and LCD TV screens fitted to bathrooms, fitted fireplaces, and all houses (with a choice of brick or stone exterior finishes) will be painted inside and out.

The communications package includes a free broadband connection and usage for one year, free land-line rental, a calls package for a year and a phonewatch alarm system with nine months monitoring free.

“House hunters in the Killarney area have long sought a high-quality niche development within walking distance of the town centre. Áit Ledwidge gives a chance to buy into a small select development of only 11 units,” Mr Healy states.

The mix will suit owner occupiers, first-time buyers and retirees, seeking a home close to all amenities, he adds.

Development is by Tickle Developments Ltd, and site clearance and demolition began last week with completion by May 2008.

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