Low in density, high in value

Rose Martin says Killeens is a case of Lios is more.

KILLEENS would have been regarded as being in ‘the country’ a few years ago, but the new N20 which cuts a swathe through the Blarney countryside, has made Killeens a 10 minute drive from Cork city.

And to capitalise on the location, Blarney-based developers D&J Builders Ltd have created three low density housing schemes in what is still a very rural location.

The first was a 16-house scheme called Carrig Rua, which was followed by Sean a Bhothair, now completed and including a state-of-the-art crèche, and this week they launch Lios Cara, a scheme with a range of four-bedroomed houses.

And this is the last of permitted builds in the area, which means the rural ambience will remain.

In fact, selling agent Robert Harkin of Countrywide Homes says the surrounding countryside is a bit like Connemara because of the limestone-bounded fields which run behind this new estate. Looking out onto farmland makes it hard to imagine you’re just five minutes from the all-new, singing and dancing, Blackpool with its swish glass and steel buildings.

There will be 131 houses in the Lios Cara scheme and a choice of six house types, which can be a bit confusing when you consider that they are either four-bed semi’s or townhouses. However, it just goes to show the detail in the design by architect Richard Rainey and it allows even the pickiest of purchasers to have a house best suited to individual needs.

Simple, but spacious, all of the houses are over 1,000 square feet and come fully finished with good quality kitchens and fireplaces that are sleek and modern.

The prices for the houses released in the first phase start at €300,000 for the four bedroomed mid-townhouse and peak at €355,000 for the top of the range, four-bed semi with 1,356 square feet of space.

Every house in the scheme is bigger and better than standard, says Robert Harkin, and they all offer good value for money in terms of euro per square foot.

The grounds are in the process of being fully landscaped, but the most striking feature of the estate is already in place. This is a central lake and fountain, which, while it might ring alarm bells with parents of young kids, is safely fenced behind ornamental railings.

The approach to Lios Cara from the Cork side of the N20 is at the turnoff for Killeens where a bridge crosses the road to the little village.

Extra parking has been put in place for the expected influx to the showhouses, which open from 3pm to 5pm on today and tomorrow.

Elegant Interiors have designed the rooms and they are well worth a look. At times bold, especially in the kitchen and living room shown here, the style is comfortable and warm, especially in the bedrooms where some of the children’s rooms are worth taking a tip or two from.

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