O’Flynns move close to home

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - New Homes - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER 425,000

De­scrip­tion: Steeple­wood will com­prise 26 homes, 16 of which are de­tached Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald De­vel­oper Michael O’Flynn is sell­ing a new scheme on his home turf of Ballincol­lig, on Cork city’s west side, where tech gi­ant Dell EMC, VC and VMware have all set up shop.

Set in Car­ri­gro­hane, on the city side of the town of Ballincol­lig, it is a part of Ire­land’s other cap­i­tal that the de­vel­oper knows like the back of his hand be­cause O’Flynn Group also built the town’s shop­ping cen­tre. It is a part of the world with an at­trac­tion for the brothers Michael, John and Pa­trick, who all live on the west side of Ballincol­lig, as does Michael Kelle­her, direc­tor of the com­pany.

When com­plete, Steeple­wood will com­prise 26 homes, 16 of which are de­tached, with the re­main­ing 10 to be semi-de­tached. All will be A-rated and have four bed­rooms. Phase one, launch­ing to­day, com­prises 10 houses in­clud­ing four semis and six de­tached styles, four of which are slightly dif­fer­ent in de­sign and size.

The prop­er­ties, de­signed by Doyle McDonogh Nash (DMN) Ar­chi­tects, are all two-storey and the es­tate is di­rectly ac­ces­si­ble from both the Model Farm Road and the Ballincol­lig By­pass and links with the South Ring Road net­work that takes in the air­port.

The houses have air-to-wa­ter heat pump heat­ing, fit­ted kitchens (no ap­pli­ances) and fit­ted wardrobes. The semis mea­sure 133sq m /1438sq ft and have an ask­ing price of ¤425,000. Ballincol­lig-based in­te­rior de­signer Ce­lene Collins, of Home Stager, did the show­house.

The de­tached units start from ¤620,000. There are two at this price, each mea­sur­ing 170sq m/1,840sq ft. An­other prop­erty, mea­sur­ing 196sq m/ 2 1 1 6 s q ft, is ask­ing ¤680,000, while an­other de­tached style, 229sq m/2472sq ft, is ask­ing ¤790,000. There are two more de­tached houses, each of whi c h is 268sq m/2,885sq ft in size. One is seek­ing ¤800,000, the other ¤820,000.

Steeple­wood is part of an ¤80 mil­lion in­vest­ment plan that will see the com­pany build 184 homes in Cork’s sub­urbs this year, with 144 homes set for Kerry Pike, in the north­west of the city, which launched last May.

Prices for four-bed de­tached h o me s of about 185sq m/2,000sq ft s t ar t from ¤440,000 for phase two, which launches this week­end.

O’Flynn Group has built many land­mark de­vel­op­ments, but is prob­a­bly best known for launch­ing the ¤150 mil­lion Elysian tower. The 17-storey res­i­den­tial build­ing on a site next to City Hall and com­pris­ing 211 apart­ments reached fi­nal oc­cu­pancy at the end of last year.

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