Sunday 15 September 2019

Reach for the moon

Blackrock Crescent, Eden, Blackrock, Cork City Asking price: €370,000-€425,000 Agent: Lisney (021) 4275079

The dining/living area at Blackrock Crescent
The dining/living area at Blackrock Crescent
The sitting room
The exterior of the house

The latest phase of Eden, a once-protracted residential development linking the fashionable Cork village of Blackrock with the rebel city, is bound to be even more attractive than preceding tranches: it comes just after a €2m facelift to Blackrock that includes a new pedestrian plaza at the harbour, completed in time for the reopening of the nearby Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium.

Eden is located on the south bank of the River Lee, near Blackrock village and marina - an area earmarked for even further regeneration. The scheme is arranged around landscaped courtyards, mature trees and formal gardens, and is just 3km from the centre of the city.

Eden began life as a high-density scheme back in 2005, before the collapse of the property market called a temporary halt to the ambitious project, which had planning for more than 500 units. In June 2016, receiver Grant Thornton put refurbished apartments, duplexes and four-bed townhouses at Eden on the market. The first phase of entirely newly built homes - complete with A3 energy ratings and air-to-water heating - followed that October.

The development is being constructed on a parcel of land once owned by the Ursuline order of nuns and that is close to Blackrock House, the former Ursuline convent converted last year into 27 luxury apartments. The first phase of Eden was built at Blackrock Avenue and the second phase, which consists of 20 homes and was released at the end of September, is called Blackrock Crescent. Three of those 20 houses have already been reserved.

Prices at Blackrock Crescent start at €370,000 for a three-bed, two-storey semi-detached style extending over 1,245 sq ft, and at €425,000 for the four-bed design, which has 1,648 sq ft of living space laid out over three floors. The three-beds are mostly drawing first-time buyers, while the four-beds are popular among buyers seeking to trade up.

The façades of the traditionally-built properties are finished in a warm brick, with a dash of render. Out front is a cobble-lock driveway with enough parking for two cars and a small garden.

Inside, the ground floor of both the three-beds and four-beds is laid out in an L-shape, with a separate living room to the front, and an open-plan kitchen/diner in the middle that has a dual-aspect corner garden room overlooking the patio and back garden. On the first floor is a master ensuite, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The four-bed has another ensuite bedroom on the second floor.

The fitted kitchen comes with quartz countertops and integrated appliances. In the three-bed, there are fitted wardrobes in the master bedroom and second bedroom, while the four-bed has wardrobes in three of the bedrooms.

Eden is close to Mahon Point shopping centre, a five-minute walk to the Mater Private Hospital and to the employment hub at Citygate. Commuters can access the South Ring Road network at Mahon Point. The 202 and 215 bus routes link Blackrock to the city centre. Viewings at Blackrock Crescent are by appointment.

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