19 Jun 2017
The turn off for Naas on the M7 is marked by a giant black ball appropriately titled 'Perpetual Motion’.
And that’s a good way to describe Naas. From its regal roots as the host of the Irish kings to the recent €100 million investment by the Kerry Group, Naas is a town constantly changing – as if in perpetual motion!
"Due to its proximity to the big smoke and the range of industries in the area, Naas house prices have been creeping up,” explains Treanor of EBS Naas. Anyone thinking of buying a property in Naas would want to be looking at their options sooner rather than later."
Apart from the Kerry Group, other significant employers in the area include Naas Hospital; Green Isle Foods; QK Cold Stores and a myriad of traditional family-run businesses which account for a growing and changing workforce.
"Naas offers a wide range of facilities and amenities to suit all ages and activities,” says Paraic. “We have excellent schools, sports grounds, leisure facilities, a hospital, cinema, theatre, spas, and golf courses.”
The town has its own racecourse, is the hub of the Punchestown festival, and is close to The Curragh. For speed of a different kind, Mondello Park International Racing Circuit is on the doorstep.
Known to many as a destination for shopping, this busy market town has numerous retail parks with major stores, and the town centre offers a range of boutiques including Kalu, Gallery 9, Nicola Ross, and Evita, as well as a slew of other independent shops.
The Square, Tallaght is 20 minutes away, and the Whitewater Shopping Centre, Newbridge, and Kildare Retail Outlet, are easily accessible.
In short, it’s a shopping haven but it’s got plenty more to offer too.
The town has an array of outstanding restaurants including Vie de Chateaux, Las Rada wine and tapas bar, Bouchon, and Trax, as well as bars and nightclubs. A favourite amenity is the canal which has extensive paths that run from the town centre to the countryside. "Throw in Blessington Lakes, Poulaphouca, Russborough House, The Japanese Gardens and The K Club you can see that the town is ring-fenced with various places of interest," Paraic says.
A strong sporting town, Naas has thriving clubs that include GAA, soccer, rugby, golf, tennis, hockey, and more. With the county the headquarters of Ireland's bloodstock industry, there are numerous spin-offs for Naas, where Goffs Bloodstock Sales and many world class studs are located.
According to Paraic, the profile of the first time buyer varies enormously in Naas.
"There is a choice of different house types to suit all tastes, from the more established houses to a range of new developments which are currently taking place around Naas”, he says.
“The new development by Ballymore Properties at Piper's Hill is a particularly good development, with brand new primary and second level schools in the area."
Naas is also very close to the university town of Maynooth – which is fast becoming a top college of choice for secondary school graduates.
While Meath may be known for its horses, you won’t need one to get around Naas, as the town is served by the Sallins train station, 2.5km from Naas town centre offering many daily connections to Dublin and countrywide. "We have a new central bus hub facilitating more than a hundred buses daily to the city and nationwide.”
"The completion of work on the Sallins bypass is imminent, along with the widening of the carriageway from Junction 9 to the turn-off for the south-east, making the whole area even more accessible," remarks Paraic.
The first train for Dublin departs at 6.30am and the last train from Heuston for Sallins/Naas is 11.10pm. "Upgrades of the Sallins lines and further improvement works are making Naas even more attractive for commuters," he says. "The Kerry Group has its own commuter bus that runs to and from the train station daily. Oldbridge and Oldtown are among the ideal locations for commuters."
With talk of preparation for planning of a development at Kilashee, families are interested in hearing more about what would be on offer in this highly desirable area. "Self build is also popular where couples are being given sites by parents."
For couples planning to settle down and have kids, Naas has a warm atmosphere and an abundance of choices in schools; there’s even a Gael Scoil for parents who want their kids to learn through Irish. The proximity to Dublin too makes it an obvious choice for young adults departing for college.
Whatever your reasons for choosing Naas, it’s a welcome and evolving community that’s got something for everyone.
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Paraic Treaonor of Paraic Treanor Life & Pensions, trading as EBS Naas, is a tied mortgage agent acting solely on behalf of EBS d.a.c. EBS d.a.c. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.
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Prices taken from Daft.ie and Myhome.ie accessed May 2016.