Focus on fine finishes pays off at Lisheen Fields home

Built away steadily, during and since the downturn, Lisheen Fields just west of Cork’s Ballincollig has maturity now coming on stream on its side too, with a new phase of homes in another O’Callaghan Properties/Classes Development phase continuing in 2017, in a scheme called Lisheen Woods.
Focus on fine finishes pays off at Lisheen Fields home

Lisheen Fields launched in 2008, as the downturn bit, at prices from €500,000 for a range of tall, but slender, three-storey four-bed homes.

Subsequent phases saw smaller two-storey homes built at ‘readjusted’ prices from €299,000. And, now, one of the original lofty four-beds has come to market, in showhouse condition, extended to the back, and with the chance to buy it fully furnished if new owners so wish.

Much of the furniture is new, the appliances have all been updated, as has the silvery-grey stairs carpet linking all three levels.

And, there’s the hand of an interior designer in the colour and finishes also, with reportedly eight shades of grey painted on the walls.

This as-new c 1,812 sq ft four-bed family home is guided at €450,000 by Frank Walsh of O’Mahony Walsh, who describes Lisheen Fields as “a prestigious, superior development of modern contemporary homes in what has become one of Cork’s more sought-after locations.”

By way of price comparison, the Price Register shows sales in Lisheen Fields back in 2015 in the mid-€300ks, as well as a new-build for €380,000, while across the road at OCP’s very substantial Classes Lake, some of the houses in the Meadows section hit the high €400,000s in 2016.

Prices for four-bed homes in OCP’s current Lisheen Woods span €370,000 to €420,000 for new, A-rated homes of 1,330 sq ft to 1,735 sq ft, say agents O’Mahony Walsh, noting they rose 5% during 2016, and adding they expect further price appreciation in the development during 2017.

This new-to-market home, launched just prior to Christmas, started viewings with the Christmas tree up, the crib out and the decorations all-a-glitter, and all clearly much-loved by this house’s young twin girls for whom Santa was paying a last visit to this family home for them.

When he visits next year, who knows who’ll be here, and what he’ll be expected to bring?

While adults will be impressed with this family home’s tecchie bits and quality finishes, youngsters (of the girly persuasion, at least) will be smitten by one of the top floor’s bedrooms in particular: it’s pure Disney Princess paradise, with a papered wall mural of Princess dominant, and matching the twin beds duvet covers, light shade and toys.

And, it was photographed before a new haul of Princess merchandise came down the chimney on December 25th.

The selling agents say that this detached house is “an out-of-the-ordinary family home, constantly improved and embellished in a painstaking and diligent manner.”

Evidence includes the kitchen/dining extension with pitched roof and glazed gable end, the all-new kitchen appliances, porcelain floor tiling, hard surface landscaped back garden with cobble-lock patio and raised beds behind Valentia stone walls.

There’s a cobble-lock front drive, and it’s all fairly maintenance free, front and back. Lisheen Fields’ original sites were compact to begin with, so here the owners opted to forsake the usual lawn for easy-keep hard surfaces, thought there’s just about enough room for the requisite trampoline.

Internally, in this PRC Architects designed property, there’s a front 18’ by 11’ sitting room with wide log-effect gas fireplace, and right now the room hosts a L-shaped Natuzzi leather sofa/remote controlled entertainment centre with bluetooth speakers.

The larger, open-plan kitchen/diner/family space is over 350 sq ft, or 21’ by 17’ with a range of new appliances, from cooking to washing up (the original mix of three detached Lisheen Woods house types eschewed separate utility rooms, and most had slender rear extensions beyond the back wall.

Here, though the extension is full-width, and all the better for it.) Further spending went into blinds, carpets, lined silk curtains, a smart-phone compatible new CCTV system, and the attic has recently been floored and shelved for extra storage and usefulness.

The roof to the rear, which is west facing, has solar panels for water heating, supplying the four bathrooms in all.

In between, each of the two main upper levels has two double bedrooms, one at first floor level is en suite, with a bay window and has built-in units and side lockers with overhead spotlights, and this first floor is also home to the main family bathroom, while a further shower room serves the next floor’s two dormer bedrooms.

Just outside Lisheen Fields’ pillared stone entrance is the main, old road out of Ballincollig to Ovens, with Ballincollig’s main streets, strip, shops, schools and services a mile or so to the east.

Then, there’s neighbourhood services nearby in the Classes Lake development, as well as the rugby club, Lakewood sports and tennis club, and the Lee Valley’s further out for golfers and water sports.

VERDICT: More spent on finishes here even than in your average showhome.

Ballincollig, Cork

Guide price: €450,000

Size: 1,812 sq ft

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

Best Feature: Showhouse quality

BER: B2

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