Harbour and village views from Crosshaven's Drake's Point development

The east-west crescents of this new development have plenty to feed the senses, writes Tommy Barker
Harbour and village views from Crosshaven's Drake's Point development
The view over Drake's Point, Crosshaven
The view over Drake's Point, Crosshaven

Drake’s Point, Crosshaven

€275,000-€462,500

Size: 983 sq ft – 1,927 sq ft

Bedrooms: 3-4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: A3

There'll be lots to ogle, and not just to Google view, in coming weeks at Cork Harbour’s new-homes scheme Drake’s Point, where there’ll be plenty to engage the eyes and senses, once the actual physical property viewings can commence when lockdown restrictions ease after June 8, all going well.

There are three new show units just completing for the next release of new stock, about 90 units in all in a valley by Cork Harbour’s Crosshaven (pic, centre), but it’s the setting that will also sate the senses.

As the east-west crescents come to market in the O’Flynn Group development, they are set at the uppermost section of the extensive Brightwater/Drake’s Point site, and so will have the best of the views over water, past yacht masts below at Crosshaven’s marinas, over to the green leafy crown at Currabinny woods, and out over the harbour towards islands like Haulbowline and Spike.

They’ll have engaging views from this hillside site, plus comfortable A3 BERs. The mix includes four-bed semis and four-bed detacheds, with trade-up movement also anticipated from families who had bought in earlier stages in the rapidly-expanded harbour community.

Crosshaven has been a steady development berth for O’Flynns since 2003, when they started the 220-home scheme Brightwater, which more or less wrapped up activity around 2009.

The latter, adjoining and related scheme, Drake’s Point got solidly back in gear in or around 2017.

Named after mariner Sir Francis Drake (who allegedly hid out from the pursuing Spanish Armada upriver from Crosshaven in the Owenabue river) Drake’s Point is set to total a further 190 homes by its conclusion. Wrap up was, pre-Covid-19, scheduled for 2022, with 90 sales to date, and including two-beds at €245,000.

Two-beds aren’t yet released this coming month, they’ll be along once more in a later phase, say agents Paul O’Shea and Paul Hannon of Sherry FitzGerald. So, the most affordable starting price point currently is €275,000, and that’s for three-bedroomed, mid-terraced townhouses, handily which will have gated rear access — a boon for gardeners, and uncommon for modern mid-terraced homes.

Set to be released are the three-bed 983 sq ft townhouses, from €275,000 and €300,000, four-bed semis of 1,378 sq ft from €340,000, and four-bed detacheds of 1,927 sq ft, listed from €462,500.

Interior designer Celine Collins did both the four-bed detached (brick is being used on the facades of this style for the first time here) and three-bed end-of-terrace show houses, while another designer, Hannah Lordan, did the two-bed showhome, and appointments can now be made for private viewings.

The market’s a long way off open/group viewings for the foreseeable future, thus agents and home hunters who’ve been keeping busy with virtual viewings up to now may access actual properties for a physical look-see, like so many cattle left out to their first fresh spring meadows, after winter months in their cattle shed confinements.

“The scheme has been a great success over the past two years, and it is super to see the buyers of the earlier phases, made up mostly of first-time buyers and trade-downers in the main, enjoying the life Crosshaven offers,” says Sherry Fitz new homes director and local resident Paul Hannon, preparing for Drake’s Point’s new generation of owners.

VERDICT: Bring on the physical viewings, safely.

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