Taking in the sea views
Former residential care home goes on the market for £750k in Portrush
A PLOT of land in Co Antrim with the potential to site over 100 homes has gone on the market with an asking price of over £2m.
The elevated land in Larne has full planning permission to build on the site between Tower Road and Bankshead Lane.
The plans propose 96 houses and 16 apartments, which will overlook Larne Lough, in an established residential area.
The land is at the site of former St Comgall’s College which closed in 2010 due to an amalgamation with other post-primary schools.
In a controversial merger, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) confirmed in June 2005 that it planned to amalgamate St Comgall’s College, Larne, St Macnissi’s College, Garron Tower, and St Aloysius’ High in Cushendall into an all-ability school.
The school, St Killian’s, opened in September 2010 over both the St Comgall’s and St Macnissi’s sites but has since fully relocated to just the Garron Tower site in Carnlough, putting the Larne plot back on the market.
Further afield, a redevelopment opportunity has come on the market, in Portrush.
York House, a four-storey mid-terrace property, was formerly used as a residential care home by the Presbyterian Church.
Located at 13-14 Landsdowne Crescent, the property overlooks the sea including Portrush harbour and the Skerries Islands.
The adjoining property, 9–12 Lansdowne Crescent, has had planning consent granted for construction of a 76-bedroom nursing home on five floors over a basement. Commercial proeprty agents O’connor, Kennedy and Turtle said that whilst the development potential of the site is subject to planning, the recent nearby consents would indicate the acceptability of various uses which might include residential, hospitality or institutional. Offers in the region of £750,000 will be considered.
Brian Turtle added: “The sale coincides with a time when Portursh is the place to be spending money. With everyone talking about the upcoming golf there is a lot of excitement and we are expecting a lot of interest in the property.”
“The site is really breathtaking with clear uninterrupted views across the old harbour towards the Skerries.”
Meanwhile, Grade A ground floor office space is available in Belfast.
The 2,676 sq ft space is located in the newly refurbished ground floor suite of 40 Linenhall Street.
Previously the property was advertised as a joint letting with the first floor if wanted, but this was rented to EDG earlier this year.
The former mill building was used as a linen factory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Estate agents Osborne King have said the suite is also available in a loft style finish along with on-site parking. Rent will be in the region of £48,168, with a lease term of 10 years.
Current tenants in the building include the Irish Government, Upstream, Johns Elliot solicitors, EDG, Puppet Labs and Shopkeep. com.
Richard Mccaig, letting agent for Osbourne King, said: “Only the ground floor space is available following the letting of the first floor to EDG earlier this year.
“We have a good mix of professional services and technology sector tenants in the building and have had good interest to date. It has been refurbished throughout by the landlord who has also delivered bespoke fit-outs for a number of the tenants.
“We have the ability to offer high quality loft style accommodation or a traditional corporate fit-out dependent on occupier needs.
“We are seeking £18 per sq ft for the space.”