Courts go centre stage

THERE hasn’t been a new house development in Cork’s Bishopstown suburb in a decade.

So, although there are only four houses in the Limewood Court development, it shows what’s to come next door with 63 similar houses and apartments to be built.

Local business family the Kellehers, previously owners of the landmark Bishopstown Bar, assembled a prime ‘old’ Bishopstown site in the heart of the traditional suburb, initially buying up a couple of key-located houses and gradually adding on portions of the long back gardens of neighbouring properties to put together several acres for a soon-to-start scheme, The Courtyard.

For those who’ve been waiting to see how it will turn out, Limewood’s semis set down a marker of what to expect in this further scheme of two, three and four-bed townhouses. It will have an appeal for first-time buyers, traders down and traders up, given the mix of sizes.

Interior design at Limewood Court is by Frank Ennis Associates Architects, whose usual brief is bars and hotels (they did the Bishopstown Bar rebuild).

The overall housing market may have hit a dip since the Kelleher family first went for planning permission here. But, this niche scheme’s location will see it achieve stronger sales than other more far-flung developments: the location is future-proofed, with nearby hospitals, employment parks, shopping centres, ring road access, third level colleges and more.

And, as a calling card of just what to expect in terms of quality and finishes, the Kelleher family’s business, 3G Construction, has finished out Limewood Court on the Curraheen Road, two securely-set pairs of three-storey semi-ds which may have that currently rare phenomenon, bidding among competing buyers.

Just completed inside and out in the past week, and before the traditional seasonal summer lull, the four go on the market with Trish Stokes and Sheila O’Flynn of agents Sherry FitzGerald this weekend.

Prices are from €575,000, with minor price changes according to rear garden size.

For this sort of sum, reckoned by the agents to reflect current values and the primacy of the location, buyers will get a very high-end specification in a brand-new property, with 1,550 sq ft of space over several internal split levels, ready for furnishing.

Each four-bedroomed, with four bathrooms (two en suites), they have solid walnut floors and joinery at lower levels and carpets above, fitted kitchens with quartz or granite worktops and Neff appliances. The utility room has Miele appliances.

There are high insulation levels and multi-zone heating for low energy costs with a central vacuum system, CAT 6 cabling for IT links and broadband access, surround sound in virtually all rooms, which can be centrally or individually controlled, built-ins in all four bedrooms, two en suite bathrooms, fully tiled and with pumped showers, recessed lighting throughout, alarm and smoke detectors commissioned, as well as electronically-controlled gates to the shared and landscaped front grounds with parking.


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