According to Crosshaven folklore, when explorer Sir Francis Drake was second-in-command of the English fleet facing the Spanish Armada, he sailed up Owenboy river to Drake's Pool, a river anchorage outside the Co Cork village, to hide his vessel from the enemy.
Drake's exploits are remembered at Drake's Point, the name of an O'Flynn Construction development on an elevated site above the picturesque village. O'Flynn built some 200 homes in Crosshaven as part of the Brightwater scheme, with plans for a further 200 homes at nearby Drake's Point. But just 10 were completed at Drake's Point by 2009. Those finally went on the market in 2016, after which A-rated new builds were constructed.
Now three new showhouses have opened to market a new phase of 16 homes at the scheme. The latest tranche of homes are in a crescent-shaped part of the development that forms the site's highest point. From this vantage point, there are views of Cork Harbour, Currabinny and Spike Island.
Prices start at €275,000 for a three-bed mid-terraced home measuring 983 sq ft, rising to €300,000 for an end-of-terrace version. A four-bed semi-detached home with between 1,378 sq ft and 1,438 sq ft of living space costs from €340,000, while a detached, 1,927-sq ft four-bed style is priced from €462,500.
The front of the new four-bed detached homes are faced in a combination of redbrick and render, a new finish for the development.
Viewings are by appointment.