Ready-to-go Vicarage is kitted out with all the latest high-spec features

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Parsonage puns are irresistible with this leafy new development just off Carr’s Hill, near Douglas in Cork, newly christened The Vicarage.

A Frinailla development, with design by Richard Rainey, it’s a fresh approach to the standard big, two-storey and incorporates contemporary touches like glazed balconies, zinc-topped dormers and floor-to-ceiling windows.

And that’s just on a quick glance: these houses will also include a very high spec down to fitting and fixtures and fittings which will include all bathrooms, kitchens and their appliances, wooden flooring and tiling. The wiring will be totally up to date to include satellite, surround sound and broadband, plus a passive security system and a pre-wired audio distribution system.

The ‘toys for boys’ element is a new attraction in the upper end housing estate and should certainly take some of the friction out of the ‘let’s see a showhouse’ suggestion. It’s a strong feature of another new scheme on pages 14 and 15 and will be a standard in the future.

But in the meantime, The Vicarage is forging ahead with a high-spec, lob-it-all-in selling pitch, with houses starting €775,000 rising to €1.1 for the creme de la creme, Type A house.

Mark Kelly of Lisney points out that there are no stage payments here and numbers are also limited, (another good strategy) with just six detached houses released at this stage.

There are 17 houses and a crescent of apartments, with five units available in this release.

Prices for these range from a baseline figure of €295,000 for a one-bed with 47 sq m to €370,000 for a two-bed with 87.7 sq m. There will be 50 apartments in total, but the blocks will suit the landscape of the site, with a two-storey facade and two more floors following the incline of the hill behind.

The development has a woodland walk into Douglas village and adjoins the Berkeley estate on the Carr’s Hill side, making it very convenient, and also lowish density.

The detached houses have a great layout and run over three storeys with four house types on offer.

The official launch of the scheme takes place on April 28, but Mark Kelly says he’ll talk to people before then.

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