Quality first at Rowan Lane

Tommy Barker finds large Riverstick homes with basement areas.

THERE’S a whole lot of house for your money in the hillside, south Co Cork scheme Rowan Lane, a lot of quality building and space for your buck.

A showhouse for the (literally) high-profile development near Riverstick, above the Cork to Kinsale road, is now complete, and shows these big family homes to very best effect.

There are 10 houses here, on five acres that have been developed by local farmer/land-owner Andre O’Mahony, who hasn’t stinted on specification one whit: he’s done them all as if he’d planned to move into them himself.

The large detached houses range upwards, and downwards. from 2,600 sq ft. Downwards? Yep, six of them have large basement areas which are part finished out and bright (thanks to window placings), but with further unused space and can also be tapped into to at ease as and when a new owner wants to. This can add up to 800 sq ft of space to the total tally.

These are big, solid, well-built houses, done in traditional block work, block on flat, with the added heft of Ducon cast concrete floors between each level. As a result, sound-proofing is immense, and security and safety are vastly enhanced. They also have touches you won’t find in many spec. builds, such as limestone sills, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, central vacuum system, cavernous garages with 10’ 6” ceilings, Grohe showers and a pressurised water system, walnut joinery, rainwater harvesting, and fitted kitchens by up-market suppliers Schmidt in Bandon, with granite tops and integrated appliances.

There’s also zoned gas heating, feature fireplaces, extensive wiring for satellite TV and internet access, 9’ ceilings at ground level, quality tiled hall and hardwood floors in the main reception rooms.

And, for your €795,000 you’ll also get quality carpets and curtains, to the same standard as seen in the showhouse which has been done by Bandon company Nuwave, associated with Coolfadda Developers, a diversified company who did the construction work for Mr O’Mahony.

Selling agents are Darragh Taaffe of Keane Mahony Smith, and local agent Denis Ryan, who stress the amount of extras included for the asking price, plus the quality. And, at a time when one-off houses are coming in for a bit of negative press, there is a logic in building in clusters like this. For families, it also means the probability of other children on the doorstep to play with, and even the chance of an older neighbour’s child as a babysitter.

Finish levels across Rowan Lane, and the builder/developer’s commitment to doing it right, can be seen in the landscaping, and the costly expense of doing the detailed stone wall boundary at the foot of the site.

There are three house types, some ‘mirror’ images of one another, and there’s variety in layout across five types designed by PMC architects. Biggest of all is the 3,300 sq ft No 2.

Riverstick village and its sudden explosion of services is a few minutes’ walk, there’s an amenity Coillte forest with meandering stream behind the facing hill, Kinsale is a 10-minute drive off, as is a choice of beaches and golf clubs, and Cork Airport is also handy.


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