Size matters for ‘luxury’ riverside development

BIG in every way, that’s a scheme of five new luxury homes at Mill Reef Creek in the mid-Cork town of Macroom.

Raising the bar in size, fit-out and price levels in the locality is the scheme of five only very large 2,500 to 3,000 sq ft homes, developed by Macroom businessman John O'Farrell of Macroom Motors.

Location is right down by the water's edge on the way into Macroom from Cork an easy direction marker to turn down to the riverside scheme is the large bronze sculpture of a powerful bull.

And, the houses are named not after a bull but a horse, a 1970's double classic race winner Mill Race: developer John O'Farrell is fond of racing, and is now taking a sporting punt on the local house market's upper echelons as well.

Selling agents are Michael Hinchion of Sherry FitzGerald Hinchion with John O'Mahony of Property Partners O'Mahony Walsh, making for an ecumenical gathering of rival property franchise groups on the one selling mission.

Prices are the highest yet sought for new product in the town, starting at €500,000 and tipping over the €600,000 mark for the larger of the up to three storey houses.

Builder is up from West Cork, John McDonald, and the houses have the imprint of some of the large houses delivered in places like Clonakilty.

The specification here at Mill Race Creek is top-notch, stress both selling agents, taking deep breaths as they list: four, five and some six-bed houses, gardens backing on to the Sullane river and views (so fish enter the menagerie equation here as well as horses and a bull) under floor heating at ground floor level, a pressurised water system for power showers, tarmac drives and planted gardens, patio and side conservatories.

There's oak flooring in the large reception rooms and wide plank flooring at first floor level.

All bedrooms have phone points and a full decoration package, as well as full tiling, fully fitted quality solid timber kitchens with granite worktops in the dearer product. The six bedroomed ones are all ensuite.

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