CONVENIENCE to the city centre and to key roads and infrastructure is set to underpin sales at the Manor Farm house scheme in Cork’s Lehenaghbeg, just off the South Ring Road.
On the back of the hill rising up towards Cork Airport from Pouladuff and Togher, it is one of the last large-scale southside housing sites in the city: its progress can be tracked as it creeps around the hill, into view from the main airport and the Kinsale road, too.
Within very easy reach are UCC and CIT, hospitals including CUH and the Bon Secours, the airport and its business park are almost adjacent, and the Kinsale road roundabout and flyover is near at hand, as is Wilton Shopping Centre.
Manor Farm, with the first buyers just moving in, is the latest scheme from long-established developer and former banker John Deane of Ruden Homes, who bought up large swathes of land here over the past decade.
His previous schemes, Matthew Hill and Laurelbrook just up the road at Lehenaghmore was a solid selling success through the noughties. His firm also developed many hundreds of houses in Carrigaline, Mallow and Ovens, as well as the up-market Hayfield development on the Model Farm Road.
This time around, at Manor Farm, he has subtly varied the look of the several sections using different hued bricks and coloured fascia, soffit and lampposts.
Auctioneer Shirleen Rigby of Irish and European says Manor Farm is their biggest selling scheme at the moment, with a solid product, prices down from last year and a great location.
It is getting interest from across the board, with a range of types including bungalows, semis, terraceds and detacheds, and traders up includes those from the Wilton hinterland and from other previous Ruden Homes developments not quite so close to the city.
There’s an agent on site on weekend afternoons and there’s a lot of matching house product to particular buyer’s needs.
Prices start from €325,000 for a three-bed home, and sizes vary from 968 sq ft townhouses to semis of 1,265 and 1,334 sq ft. Four-bed semis of 1,285 sq ft are selling from €390,000. There are dormer bungalows from €400,000; detached four-beds at €550,000 and 1,582 sq ft five-beds (two en suites) from €650,000.
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