New home view: Set sale for coastal town of Cobh
Martello Rushbrooke Cobh, Co Cork
Asking price: €252,000-€260,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (021) 427 3041
In the early 1800s, the British built some 50 Martello towers around the Irish coastline amid fears of an invasion of the British empire by Napoleon Bonaparte. Seven of these thick-walled circular forts were built around Cork Harbour to defend the empire's main Irish naval base from a possible attack by the French navy.
Three towers were constructed on the northern shores of Great Island, at Marino Point, Belvelly and Rossleague. The threat of French invasion passed, and the towers outlived their usefulness as military technology advanced. But the heritage of the towers is recalled at Martello Rushbrooke, the name of a new development situated on an elevated site on Great Island, home to the maritime town of Cobh.
First-time buyers last month began dropping their anchor at Martello Rushbrooke, which overlooks Cork Harbour and the west passage of the River Lee. The scheme is located in the eponymous Rushbrooke, on the western side of Cobh, where it is just down the road from the Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the oldest tennis club in Ireland.
Caraden Homes is building 56 two, three and four-bed houses at Martello Rushbrooke, which is set within a tree-bounded cul-de-sac with landscaped green spaces. The first phase of 15 three-bed semi-detached homes was released on March 23.
Each of these properties measures 965 sq ft and costs between €252,000 and €260,000, with prices depending on the orientation of each home and the size of the garden.
Sales to date have been dominated by first-time buyers with family links to Cobh.
Because of its rail service, Cobh has increasingly become popular as a commuter town among purchasers priced out of Cork City's suburbs. There are just three houses left from the initial phase of Martello Rushbrooke. Four-bed semi-detached homes will go on sale at the scheme at a later stage.
The front of the two-storey three-beds is plastered and painted in two colours that complement the grey-framed, double-glazed UPVC windows and the light-blue front door. There is enough space for two cars in the paved front driveway, with planting and powder-coated round-top railings forming the boundary to neighbouring driveways.
Internally, there is a living room with a bay window up front.
The kitchen/diner to the rear is fitted with high-gloss lacquered kitchen units from Express Kitchens and square-edged Sonoma Oak worktops from Duropa. Glazed doors open from the dining space to a rear patio and a garden that's enclosed by treated timber fencing. A side-gate also provides access to the back garden.
Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms - one of which is ensuite - as well as a single bedroom and a family bathroom. Two of the bedrooms have custom-made wardrobes fitted by East Cork Design & Build. A Stira folding stairs extends from the first floor to the floored attic, where there is 150 sq ft of storage space. The downstairs WC, ensuite and main bathroom have floor and wall tiling, sanitaryware, shower fittings, and heated towel rails.
The houses at Martello Rushbrooke are constructed to an A3 BER standard. Roof-mounted PV panels harness the sun's energy to generate electricity for each home, while the central heating is powered by an A-rated gas-condensing boiler.
For commuters, the development is 1.5km from Rushbrooke train station, which is on the Kent Station to Cobh line, and 2km from Cobh station.
The train journey to Cork city centre, which is 22km away, takes about 30 minutes.
Viewings of the Martello Rushbrooke showhouse will take place from 12pm to 1pm tomorrow.