Originally Posted by Greater dane
Has anyone here bought/ moved in to Mariavilla? Husband and I are considering buying in the next phase but the houses are top of our budget so interested in people's experiences/opinions.
We moved in on December 10th. The estate is really well finished and is lovely and quiet. We've met most of our neighbours and theres a good community spirit already.
Houses are well finished with significant tiling to bathrooms and kitchens fully kitted with all appliances except washer/dryer. The electrical spec is really good with plenty of sockets, TV points and data cables and pre-world for intruder alarm. Great use of space and lots of storage. Our houses have solar panels, but I hear on the grapevine that phase 2 are getting air to water heat pumps (I'm just a bit jealous). Gardens are small but adequate and include a paved patio area. Insulation and head retention is good, thermostats fitted are smart enabled and can be hooked up to an app for out of home control. Virgin media is your only option for broadband for the foreseeable but the estate is wired for their new fibre network and we're getting speeds in excess of the 500mbps we are paying for. Theres a small management fee of €240 a year for upkeep of green areas, playgrounds and some shared lanes for access to back of mid terrace houses.
Some folks (ourselves included) had minor plumbing issues a few weeks after moving in, resulting in Cairn coming out to do minor remedial works. The customer service team are very helpful and will sort out any defects for 12 months after sale in addition to usual Homebond guarantees and other extended warranties like appliances (2 years) and boiler (5years). Our house was at the top of our budget also, but we're glad we went for Maynooth as it's a great town.
Traffic going through the main street can be rough at peak times, but I work in Dublin direction and the estate is located on the northeast side so you can slip down the old N4 to leixlip interchange and join the M4 at exit 6. The estate is a stone's throw to Carton Park where you have Tesco Extra, Heatons/Brandmax, Boots, the Range, post office, butchers etc...
If you've any other specific questions, I'm happy to answer them. Good luck with your house hunt!