House of the week

IT could be Boreenmanna from heaven — a brand new, A-rated energy efficient detached home, within a walk of Cork City centre, for €350,000.

House of the week

Not only is such a creature about to exist, but there’ll be two of them.

Under rapid construction in recent weeks, and with the first house due for completion by late March, are this duo of smart new-builds, undertaken by consistent builder and engineer David Walsh of Mallow-based Rockforest Homes. Mr Walsh reckons he’s built about 100 houses by now, of which 20 or so are energy-astute/A-rated in BER terms in their design and performance.

Right now, he’s up to roof level on these fresh houses at Melwood, by the new, contemporary-looking apartments and townhouses at Elderwood close to Crab Lane on Boreenmanna Road, two kilometres or so from City Hall.

He’s selling via Paul O’Driscoll of Thomas J O’Driscoll & Co, jointly with Jean O’Donovan of Trading Places who took a buyer’s deposit last week on the more advanced house, and she and Mr O’Driscoll price this new stock at €350,000 a pop, after O’Driscolls sold the site to the builder (who’s looking for more sites for safe, speculative builds in the Douglas area.)

As Melwood’s two have shot up, so too has the level of interest and inquiries, with dozens of inquires over the holiday period.

The site for the pair is circa a quarter acre, south-facing onto the road, and design is by Mallow-based Jerry O’Connor of OCAD&P.

The two-storey houses get their A Energy Rating from things like aluminum triple-glazed windows from Munster Joinery, 150mm of floor and wall cavity insulation, with a further 62mm on the inner leaf of external walls, there’s considerable air tightness, solar panels, solid fuel stove, condenser boiler, etc., and the houses will be finished ready for occupation, floored with walnut doors, fitted kitchens with granite tops, and paved front drives.

Layout is for quite a deep floor plan, with a front living room with large glassed section; midships is a guest WC and utility, with kitchen/diner behind, and beyond again in a single storey annex is a single storey family space with garden access.

The first floor has four bedrooms, one with en suite, main family bathroom and the roof pitch above is high enough for easy future utilisation of attic space.

VERDICT: Interest has come from families looking to trade from three-bed semis in the locality, say the joint agents, as well as from first-time buyers with a good bit of cash to help with their new purchases.

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