Pointing towards a magnetic attraction

IN the dwindling light of last November, Compass Quay in Kinsale was launched by developers Fleming and joint agents SWS Property Services Kinsale and Cohalan Downing and Associates.

A range of pastel coloured houses have now been completed, the first raft of buyers have moved in and now its time for the second go-round.

Last year, the sales were exceptional, says Pacelli Nolan, who, along with Jacqui Cohalan, lost a lot of Saturdays and Sundays in the showhouse here, but all to a good end.

McInerney’s were the first to break ground here in Commogue Marsh in more ways than one. A nature sanctuary, there was strong opposition to initial plans and development was turned down by An Bord Pleanala, but the developer persevered and planning was finally granted for residential housing.

One of the reasons for this was the extraordinary price level of houses in the Kinsale area, which excluded a number of local and first-time buyers from the property market.

New, large-scale development on the outer fringes of Kinsale allow a greater choice and have also brought in buyers from outside the area, because the choice of properties is so good.

This time round, Fleming Construction are launching their larger houses which start at €495,000 and reach a top level of €695,000 for a property just under 3,000 sq ft.

Designed by architect Richard Rainey, these houses offer luxury living for families. Most are four-bed, but have extra attic space.

Right now, there are nine houses for sale in this phase, with four different house types on offer, and interest is already strong, says Ms Nolan.

There is a showhouse open (Sundays from 2.30pm to 4.30pm)and with the houses to the front of the development completed and looking smart, it should encourage buyers.

The overall scheme will have 105 units with 11 types on offer, including 75 townhouses and three to four-bed semis along with 35 four to five bedroomed properties.

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