Re-launch of ex-army homes six years on

A fresh drive has been launched to sell former army homes in Ballykelly that have been on the market since 2009.

The homes at Hill Close and Forest Drive were previously used to house military at the former Shackleton army base in the village.

When hundreds of homes first went on the market six years ago first time buyers queued overnight in a bid to grab a bargain.

Initially, there were 90 homes for sale at Hill Close and Forest Drive.

Liam O’Kane of Daniel Henry Estate Agents said there are 45 homes for sale; a mix of two and three-bedroom semi-detached and end of terrace houses.

“Demand has picked up over the last 18 months,” said Mr O’Kane.

The Department of Agriculture is to relocate its headquarters for some 800 staff to the village over the next two years. Mr O’Kane said he believes the DARD move along with Shackleton Studios leasing the base for film and television production has sparked fresh interest in the properties. He said interest has come from a mix of first time buyers and buy-to-let investors from across the North West, the Causeway area and from Belfast.

Prices for a two-bedroom mid-terrace home start at around £40,000, with a three-bedroom home priced at around £47,000

Mr O’Kane described demand as “slow and steady”, adding: “I think this is a more comfortable way to be.”