Time for a sea-change maybe?

No 8’s in show home condition in Kinsale’s Cluain Mara scheme at Farm Lane, reports Tommy Barker.

Cluain Mara, Kinsale

  • Price:€535,000
  • Size: 169 sq m (1,818 sq ft)
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • BER: A2

Likely to be the first resale in Kinsale’s completed new homes scheme Cluain Mara, No 8 in the development looks for all the world like it might have been a showhouse for the sell-out project, which launched back in 2016.

But, no, appearances deceive: in fact, it’s ‘just’ a private home in the successfully delivered scheme of 27 houses done as a ‘Cork calling card’ by developers Centurion Homes, effectively done by its owners to show home standards, and which sold to its current occupants over two years ago.

It’s now for sale, in immaculate condition, and the c 1,800 sq ft four-bed detahed with west facing back garden is priced at €535,000 by estate agent Michael O’Donovan of Savills, who says its next residents just need to move in their bags, baggage and select furniture, and they’ll be be readily and handily at home at this Farm Lane, Kinsale address.

That €535,000 guide is the level at which some of Cluain Mara’s larger, c 2,200 sq ft houses had launched at back in April 2016, and the four-beds of 1,818 sq ft four-bed were priced at €460,000/€465,000, with PC sum of €25,000 and €18,000: the Price Register by April 2017 shows the corner site-set No 8 selling at c €423,000, which is minus VAT of 21%.

Since completing Cluain Mara, Centurion Homes have picked up several other upmarket Cork suburban sites, such as Aylsbury in Ballintemple, currently under construction, and a prime site off the south Douglas Road, yet to go for planning.

“Cluain Mara made a very good ‘first impression’ for Centiurion,” notes Savills Mr O’Donovan as he revisits now for viewings in recent weeks at No 8.

The house hits a A 2 BER, with triple glazing, solar panels, heat pump and heat recovery, alarm and CAT 5 cabling, and has a large hall with access to a lounge with a wood burning integrated stove, and bay window.

A wide ope from the hall leads to the gleaming open plan kitchen/dining room with white, gloss units and large pale porcelain tiles. Next there’s a three-step drop-down to a living room, also similarly tiled, with access to the west-aspected rear garden, and the ground floor includes a utility, and guest WC.

On the next level, up a carpeted stairs are four bedrooms, one en suite with dressing room, and another accesses a front, external balcony, which can be reached from the landing too.

VERDICT:

One to watch in Kinsale price inflation terms to see if it gets bids much over its asking price.

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