Kinsale Manor

28 August

Dublin developer marks its arrival down south with a smart-looking  scheme of semi-ds in Cork’s tourism capital, writes Tommy Barker

There’s going to be a busy new visitor attraction in Kinsale next weekend: the long-awaited opening of show units, for a brand new, 136-home scheme in the town by one of the country’s largest new homes providers, Gannon Homes.

Two show homes open their doors on Saturday and Sunday next, from 2pm to 4pm; sales prices for the smart-looking, very well- finished three-beds start from €310,000, and buyers are expected to come from far and wide, from down in the town, out in the south Cork hinterland and from Cork city too.

Given that it is Kinsale, one of Ireland’s busiest tourist towns, the start/end point for the Wild Atlantic Way, and under a half an hour’s drive from Cork Airport, buyers will also emerge from Dublin, the UK and from further overseas.

Dublin-based firm Gannon Homes has well over 10,000 house and apartment builds under its belt since 1984, but Kinsale Manor is its first foray into the Munster and the Cork market.

Selling agents for Kinsale Manor are Sherry FitzGerald, who next weekend release the first phase of Kinsale Manor, with 28 homes to be offered, and eleven are built so far, including two show houses and another being used as a sales office.

The 136-unit scheme will hit a sweet-spot for starter and mid-market buyers, with the mix predominantly of three- and four-bed homes on good sites, less than a kilometre from the town centre and 700 metres from the new SuperValu.

House design is by Wilson Architecture Cork, with up to 12 house type or variations shown in luxe-looking, image-rich 19-page digital sales brochure extolling Kinsale’s charms, ranges of amenities and attractions, schools and transport links, sport and outdoor attractions, as well as Kinsale Manor’s new role in housing provision there.

Interestingly, Kinsale has been quite to the forefront in variety of new housing stock in Cork county over the past 18 months, with 27 homes selling out at the Cluain Mara development, by Dublin-based Centurion Homes/Clarendon Properties, where townhouses of 1,200sq ft sold from €295,000.

High above the town, Cumnor Construction’s privately funded Convent Garden has seen townhouses ranging from €235,000 — €265,000, and phase two three-bed townhouses selling there from €295,000-€325,000.

The price entry point now for the large, latest r scheme — Kinsale Manor, up Barrack Street by the hospital — is notable as it starts from €310,000 for three-bed semis of 1,184 sq ft.

First-time buyers may well chalk 2017 down as the year when A-rated new three bed semis in good Cork locations tipped over the €300k mark.

O’Flynn Construction launched its 140-home Kerry Pike city-fringing development Clonlara in May with a handful of 1,100 sq ft semis at €285,000/€295,000.

But, most autumn new Cork releases will have starter semi-ds at and over a €300,000 entry level, suggest new homes agents like Sherry FitzGerald and Savills (Savills Cork yesterday released a new phase of six houses at Gort Fada, Glounthaune, at €295/305,000, with other imminent releases in Ashmount and Maryborough Ridge.)

Estate agent Paul Hannon, New Homes Director with Sherry FitzGerald Cork, says Gannon Homes bring a high-end, state of the art A3-rated product to market at Kinsale Manor, stating “it’s the first large, brand new housing development to be built in historic Kinsale for many years.”

He added that the harbour town was rated in the Top 20 Most Charming Towns in Ireland by travel professionals.

These elegant homes have a white plaster finish with reconstituted stone window sills and door surrounds, which update the architecture of Kinsale.

Initially, the three-bed homes will be offered for sale with a selection of four- bedroom detacheds at a later stage of the development, says Mr Hannon. The eleven built so far include one three-bed detached, which although not yet priced, is likely to be pitched well into the mid €300,000s, and the site maps also shows a proposed creche, plus playing field and playground towards the back of the site.

A sales office open on site next weekend in one of the 1,205 sq ft E-type houses, a distinctive double fronted floor plan, with front-to-back main reception room and similarly-proportioned kitchen/dining rooms.

The two show houses, in the C2 variations, have kitchens by Express Kitchens and visually rich finishes and features by Phoenix Interior Design, with rear garden/family rooms.

Homes are concrete/block built, with white render facades, reconstituted stone cills and adroit, attractive door-framing pillars, have PV solar panels for energy generation, triple glazing, natural gas central heating (no stoves), demand-controlled ventilation systems and, handily, USB sockets.

Designer Angelina Ball from Phoenix Design said that to pay homage to the setting, they went with a nautical and coastal Hamptons style “without going overboard,” and “in the second show home we focused on a comfortable, contemporary interior,” with some bespoke furniture in each show home.

VERDICT: Gannons lay down a market marker at Kinsale Manor

Kinsale, Cork

From €310,000

Size: 1,184 sq ft – 1,280 sq ft

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

BER: A3