Admiral’s Walk scheme could rock the boat

THREE-storey terraced and semi-detached houses in a courtyard site in Kinsale have just been released on the market this week and should create a bit of a stir in the gourmet town.

Designed in a classic style by architect Richard Rainey, Admiral's Walk is a development of just 12 three-storey houses on a site off the eastern road to Cork.

The former O'Dowd's Bakery premises, the site was sold by Lisney in early spring of this year and is now being developed by John Buckley of Garryruth Properties.

This company was also responsible for the successful Tivoli Woods apartment scheme in Tivoli, Cork, a development which is now sold out save for one penthouse apartment.

The Admiral's Walk houses pack in quite a bit of space and will have a high spec finish, says selling agent Brian Olden, plus all units will come with views of the inner harbour; the new development is a three minute walk to the town, he adds.

Good back gardens and two large green areas open up the site which also includes generous car parking spaces. The scheme will have a management company to oversee the grounds.

Units range from 2,040 to 1,475 square feet and prices go from an initial €305,000 to €395,000 a reasonable entry level for the amount of space and the Kinsale location.

Also, the spec includes natural slate roofs, hardwood windows and full decoration internally and externally. The layout of the largest house type, the Anchor, provides for four en suite bedrooms, including a balcony, and there is a generous tiling allowance, according to joint agents Lisney and Sheehy Bros.

The basic model, the Spinnaker, comes with a living room, kitchen/dining room and guest WC with master bedroom, a bathroom and one other bedroom on the first floor; the second storey houses the third bedroom.

The mid-range Compass type has a study at ground floor level, two bedrooms on the first floor and a third bedroom in the attic.

The top-of-the-range Anchor comes with all these features and a second storey with a fourth, en suite bedroom. The master suite here has a separate, walk-in dressing room and bathroom. All house types include paved patios, gas heating and a generous tiling allowance.

Right across the harbour, the Shearwater scheme is now seventy-five percent sold out, according to agents Hamilton Osborne King, with 46 out of the proposed 60 units sold.

Prices at this quayside development, on the site of the old Kinsale Candles premises, range from €260,000 for a one-bed 650 sq ft apartment to €400,000 for a three-bed unit of over 1,000 sq ft.

Plans are also under appeal to Bord Pleanála against a proposed five-star hotel on the former Good's yard at the apex of the harbour. The developers are the O'Connor Brothers who spearheaded the Old Head Golf Course.

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