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Hillside homes with Cork Harbour views





Construction is due to begin next month on 18 detached and semi-detached homes at Belmont, Seapoint, in Cobh. The new hillside development will command panoramic views of Cork Harbour, the world's second-largest natural harbour, across to Spike Island towards Camden Fort Meagher and Roches Point.

Cobh, which is 20km southeast of Cork City, is increasingly attracting buyers either priced out of the city or seeking more bang for their buck within commuting distance of Cork. The target market for Belmont is house hunters keen to trade up to larger family homes, according to the selling agent.

The scheme will be built on an elevated site on the eastern side of the town, close to the Titanic Memorial Garden, created in honour of those who perished during the sinking of the ocean liner, which famously made its final port of call at what was then Queenstown in 1912, before setting out across the Atlantic.Belmont will consist of 10 detached homes with sizes ranging from 1,600 sq ft to 2,893 sq ft, and eight semi-detached family homes measuring 1,733 sq ft.

Prices start at €398,000 for the semi-detached versions and €445,000 for the detached homes.

The dwellings will have a smooth plaster exterior finish, fully landscaped gardens to the front and rear, and PC allowances for fitted kitchens, built-in wardrobes and tiling. They will have a building energy rating of A2.

Belmont is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Cork, traffic permitting. But would-be buyers can avoid traffic congestion in the city centre and at the Dunkettle and Bloomfield interchanges altogether by taking the ferry to Glenbrook, near Passage West, a 10-minute journey that ~offers access to Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline and Monkstown.

Enquiries to: Joe Organ Auctioneers (021) 6019051 or DNG Spillane (021) 4812397

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