New range of homes at Lisheen Fields start at €299k

BACK in 2008, the autumn of the big economic chill, large detached houses were launched at Lisheen Fields, Ballincollig, near Cork city.

A Classes Developments scheme, these houses started at €500,000 for the smallest detached units, with a choice of two other models.

Now, with borrowing tight and negative equity putting the kibosh on movement in the mid-market, Classes Developments, (a subsidiary of O’Callaghan Properties) has gone back to the drawing board to produce a new range of more modest, two-storey homes.

And they’ll come with much larger sites than the previous phase, where the three-storey properties, although detached, were more townhouse in breadth.

This time round, the new Lisheen Fields’ houses will range from 1,360 square feet to 1,700 and 1,900 square feet and are priced to match from €299,000 upwards.

And for the first time in years, four of the proposed 20 houses have been sold off the plans, says Frank Walsh of Property Partners O’Mahony Walsh, and the asking price will include a good quality kitchen, carpets, tiling and standard finishes.

Ground is being broken for building at the moment with a hand-over expected in 9 months time as the properties are B1 rated, timber-framed homes. Overall, there will be 65 detached houses in the gated Lisheen Fields scheme close to EMC and Ballincollig’s west end shopping centre.

The original Lisheen Fields designed by PRC architects in muted, autumn colours are sold and occupied, but there is an option of buying any of the house types on offer off the plans and prices are considerably back on the first launch with the smaller 1,677 square foot houses on offer at €355,000 for a detached, three-storey unit.

The full range will be available to view off plan and in the showhouses which open for viewing tomorrow from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.

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