Hundreds of affordable homes promised for Dublin’s new south city suburb

Had it been a scene in a movie, it wouldn’t have ended well. A short drive along a circuitous route through open fields on the edge of a motorway on the outskirts of the city followed by a meeting with two men in suits wearing surgical masks.

Thankfully however, nothing untoward came of this meeting with Eddie Byrne and Michael Hynes of homebuilder Quintain Ireland at the company’s as yet undeveloped Cherrywood Village site in south Dublin. The masks are, of course, an obligatory requirement for doing business in the midst of Covid-19.

And when it comes to progressing the hugely ambitious masterplan it has for Cherrywood, Quintain would seem intent on doing quite a lot of business between now and 2025. By that point, the company says it will have completed 1,300 of the 3,000 new homes it has in mind for the wider 118-acre Cherrywood land holding that

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Sydney suburb where house prices grew 10% during lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic has helped push Australian home values lower for four months in a row, but some suburbs have been bucking the trend in spectacular fashion, new analysis reveals. 

Realestate.com.au’s latest update reports that while regional Australia is generally outperforming the broader housing market, expensive suburbs are also surging higher – at odds with historic downturn house price trends. 

Chief economist Nerida Conisbee said global data highlights some “interesting trends” in just how resilient house prices have been, with most markets around the world declining only slightly or increasing. 

“A lot of this has to do with strong momentum leading up to the ‘Great Lockdown’, however, even on a quarterly basis, we are not seeing the catastrophic falls in house prices we would expect to see following such a sharp increase in unemployment,” she said.

Housing experts have forecast falls of between 10 per cent and 30 per cent,

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$185K homes planned for Fort Worth suburb part of ‘pocket neighborhood’ trend

North Texas residents 55 and older may be getting a novel housing option that emphasizes green space and community involvement.

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Shannon Arnold, a developer for the firm Kara Casa, plans to turn six acres at 439 Mansfield Cardinal Road into a “pocket neighborhood.” The area would hold 48 houses, divided into a series of community pods that open into communal parks, gardens and lawns. The cottage-style homes, ranging from 800 to 1,200 square feet, would include porches and an enclosed parking space.

The houses will sell at around $185,000, Arnold told the Kennedale City Council, offering empty-nesters and people looking to downsize an affordable housing option more personable than an apartment complex.

“They don’t encourage the community, even though they set out to do that,” Arnold said, referring to apartments. “The end result is it’s not for everybody.”

For comparison, the median home price in Tarrant County was

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