Location makes Carmel enticing property

‘CARMEL’ comes with an enviable location in Cork’s Green Belt - not to mention on the banks of the Lovely Lee.

Located on Inchigaggin Lane, it’s a quick zip down the Straight Road to town, but is set in a quiet rural enclave, in an area which may eventually become a major public park.

Neighbouring landowner, Richard Woods, is to gift the bones of 300 acres to the city as a massive public amenity on condition that no new road bisects the property.

As part of the completion of the city’s ring road system, there remains a connecting route to the N8 from Ballincollig to Blackpool to be completed, and one of three proposed routes will follow the line of Inchigaggin Lane.

The odds-on favourite, or the lesser of three evils as some see it, is the Blue Route which will go from the Poulavone Roundabout, at Ballincollig, through Leemount Cross and Kerry Pike, to Blackpool.

Cheaper and less disruptive, this is the one most of the Compulsory Purchase Order experts are plumping for, so if you’re a betting person, buying in Inchigaggin is as close as you can get to a sure thing.

The plains of the Lee are the attraction here, plus instant access to Bishopstown, and booming Ballincollig, whose new shopping centre will open this year.

Neighbouring properties are period residences, or large houses on equally large sites: the adjoining property was erected following the demolition of an executive-style residence on the site five years ago and was to benchmark the beginning of the boom for many.

Carmel is only a couple of years old and comes with just three bedrooms, but lots of living space: it has an integrated garage and two of the three bedrooms come en suite.

Electric gates and a good finish to the gardens make this a walk-in property, in more ways than one - if you don’t qualify to live in this area, you have to buy in.

Guided at €650,000 through Peter Cave of Hamilton Osborne King, it could bring out the punters in strength.

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