A home for Christmas — developments that are ready to go

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With bidding wars on second-hand houses creeping back to Celtic Tiger levels, it’s no surprise that want-to-be homeowners are running scared. Reports from agents are saying that in some cases houses are going for €100,000-plus over the asking price. It’s very difficult to fall in love with a house that is going to slip out of reach very quickly. One of the benefits of buying a new home is that the price is set and you can plan your borrowing around that. One of the disadvantages is that they are often sold off the plans so even when you buy your home, it could be months before you get to move in. There are, however, a few developments around the country where the units for sale are ready to go. If you sign your contracts this week, you could be in for Christmas. With an average closing taking about six weeks, Shannon Longmore of Knight Frank believes it’s definitely achievable to have the keys to your new home before Santa arrives. “It might be a little bit of a push but it’s doable,” says Longmore. “It usually takes about six weeks to close but it depends on the buyer. “A cash buyer would be more straightforward than someone who’s looking to avail of a loan, which can take a bit of time, but if anyone has their approval in principle ready to go now, they could make it. “They could be working away in the background doing their snagging while they’re reviewing their contracts and waiting for the full loan offer to make the most of the available time.” Here is a taste of some developments that are ready to to go in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow and Wexford. DUBLIN Parkridge, 9-16 Fairview Terrace, Marino, Dublin 3 Two properties remaining are No 12 – a four-bed mid terrace (1,808sq ft) priced at €770,000 and No 16 – the largest end of terrace priced at €825,000 (2,260sq ft). Agent: DNG (01) 4912600

Monterey, Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4
The final two, four-bed semi-detached homes available from €1.875m.
Agent: Knight Frank (01) 2374500

Sandymount Castle Court, Sandymount, Dublin 4
Three-bed houses (1,836sq ft) from €1.535m and four-bed duplexes (1,359sq ft) from €1.025m.
Agent: DNG (01) 4912600

Marianella, Rathgar, Dublin 6
Three-bedroom apartments (1,302sq ft to 1,808sq ft) located on the fourth floor available priced from €950,000.
Agent: Knight Frank (01) 2374500 & Hooke & MacDonald 01 631 8402

Greenmount, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 12
Three three-bed plus study terraced houses (1,400sq ft – 1,500sq ft). Showhouse ready in November and prices to be confirmed.
Agent: DNG (01) 4912600

Trimblestown, Goatstown Road, Dublin 14
Four-bed plus study semi-detached houses (2,153sq ft) starting from €1.175m. Four-bed terraced houses (1,823sq ft) starting from €965,000.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 6671888

Stockwell, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin 16
The final two-bed duplex (1,100sq ft) is available priced at €599,995.
Agent: Knight Frank (01) 2374500

Hanover Court, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
Two-bed apartments (861sq ft to 915sq ft) priced €735,000 to €740,000.
Agent: Lisney (01) 6382700

No 10 St Paul’s Square, Adelaide Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin
Five-bed fully furnished house (2,422 sqft) €1.325m
Agent: Lisney (01) 6382700

Redan Cliff, Ardbrugh Road, Dalkey,Co Dublin
Three-bed terraced townhouses (1,238sq ft – 1,518sq ft) from €1.1m – €1.65m.
Agent: Lisney (01) 6382700

MEATH
Maydenhayes, Mornington, Co Meath

Five-bed detached homes (2,281sq ft) available priced from €585,000
Agent: Knight Frank (01) 2374500

Delvin Mews, Stamullen, Co Meath
Three-bed houses (1,097sq ft) from €345,000 and the four-bed houses (1,463sq ft) from €395,000.
Agent: Lydon Farrell Property
(046) 9010126

KILDARE
William’s Grove, Ardclough, Co. Kildare

Three-bed semi-detached (1,087sq ft) from €385,000. Four and five-bed detached houses from €580,000.
Agent: Coonan (01) 628 8400

WEXFORD
Old Forge Road, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Low-energy and fibre broadband-ready three and four-bed semis
from €255,000 to €270,000
Agent: Ken Murphy
(087) 4668664

WICKLOW
SeaGreen Gate, Greystones,

Co Wicklow
Four-bed terrace (1,400sq ft) priced at €535,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 6671888
 

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