A refreshingly different design for homes scheme

FRESH new house designs, but a return to an architectural feature from the past, the stair return, distinguish the new homes launched this weekend in The Beeches, Woodville, a mile from the Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork.

Refreshingly different house designs on the sloping landscaped site are an eye-catcher, while the realisation that some of the houses have as many as six internal levels —thanks to the return feature —helps to create varying living zones in each house.

Contemporary architecture is by Hogan Associates and the houses are on a site that has retained mature oak and beech trees in a rolling demesne landscape overlooking the wooded Glanmire valley, the Glashaboy and the Lee rivers. It will draw buyers to what could be the best new development for a while north of the Lee.

And the Glanmire scheme is well poised as well to pick up on the pent-up demand for quality homes, now that O’Flynn Construction’s Dunkathel scheme further down the hill has been derailed by An Bord Pleanala.

Catherine McAuliffe and Gary McGahon of Hamilton Osborne King are selling agents for The Beeches. An impressive showhouse in the quality Dan Mulvihill/Rossdale Developments project is opening this weekend from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Main-stay is a fine, four-bed semi of 1,460 sq ft, priced at €675,000. Apart from the multitude of levels (a throw-back to the Victorian town house model of stair returns), the attic bedroom is stunner on two levels, with a bank of four Velux windows, an en suite bathroom, and acres of eaves storage.

A similar end townhouse is €665,000 and a smaller mid-terraced home of 1,300 sq ft is priced at €555,000.

The development also has a smart four-bed detached, no 10 The Avenue, designed by Wilson Architects, at €710,000, while there’s a very large five-bed (three en suite) 2,700 sq ft detached house, with a great spread of living space across its rear, on a big site at €1.1 million.

The Beeches scheme is limited to 29 houses on six acres, while the Woodville development is on 22 acres and includes courtyard townhouses, apartments in the converted original old dwelling Woodville House, and detached and semi-detached houses.

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