Monday 18 August 2014
Land with development potential in Maynooth has sold at auction for €2.62m. The auction, which was handled by Savills and REA Coonan, took place at the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, and attracted a significant number of interested parties.
The 2.23 ha (5 acres) site fronts onto the Dunboyne Road and is located within walking distance of Maynooth Town Centre. The site overlooks the Lyreen River. A recently completed feasibility study by the sellers highlighted the suitability of the site for an attractive low density development of up to 50 houses.
The land is zoned as ‘New Residential’ under the Maynooth Local Area Plan 2013-2019. The zoning objective states that housing is the primary use within this objective. The zoning also allows for uses including recreation, education, crèche/ playschool, clinic / surgery uses and sheltered housing.
The joint agents, Loman Dempsey of Savills, and Will Coonan of REA Coonan were of the opinion that this very well located site beside the town was always going to attract strong interest and this was reflected in the sale price achieved. “The development land market is very buoyant at the moment. There is increased demand for new homes but a significant shortage of product coming to the market. To meet this demand, builders and developers are now beginning to seek good quality sites with housing potential in the right locations.” comments Will Coonan of the joint agents.
Even in recessionary times, land sales are still capable of commanding interest. This was certainly the case when REA Sothern sold first 9 and then 16 acres at Maganey at the auction in The Seven Oaks Hotel last Thursday. With approximately 40 farmers in attendance, bidding was brisk on the 9 acres, with the reserve of €70,000 soon reached.
The property was formally placed on the market at €102,000 and four bidders chased the property until it was knocked down at €129,000 – almost €14,500 per acre.
The 16 acres proved sluggish with only two bidders showing real interest. This was primarily due the fact that the land needed reclamation and had small road frontage. None the less, Harry Sothern coaxed the bidders to over €100,000, at which point it was placed on the market eventually selling for €112,000, (€7,000 per acre).
The final lot on the day was a small two bedroomed cottage on circa 0.6 acres which was withdrawn at €45,000. The property is now for sale by private treaty with an asking price of €58,500. A new bidder has emerged, and a sale is expected to be completed this week.
14 The Weirs
This three bed apartment has been on the market for some time and has now been sold for €38,500.
2 Fruithill Court
On the market for just three weeks with REA Sothern, number 2 Fruithill was one of the finest houses on their books. This was appreciated by one of several viewers who viewed on Friday, made an initial offer, and a deal was concluded at a satisfactory level for the vendor on Friday evening. REA Sothern had been seeking €205,000.
81 Feltham Hall
Just a week on the market, this stunning circa 2,000 sq. ft. 4 bed has attracted immediate interest and is already under offer. Described by REA Sothern as in impeccable condition, the house features 2 bedrooms en-suite, 2 fine reception rooms, bespoke cherry kitchen with top quality appliances and marble counter top, quality hard wood flooring and tiling downstairs, carpeted upstairs, fully tiled bathroom and shower. In addition, there is a double garage to the side of this end site. Sothern’s seek offers circa €248,500.
3 Riverwood, Timolin
This large 4 bed bungalow had been on offer at €245,000 between joint agents, Jordon Auctioneers & REA Sothern.
Following bidding, sale was concluded last week in excess of the reserve price.