Belfast Telegraph

Open to offers... Portrush site with permission for high-end apartments

Commercial Property

By Rachel Martin

A site with planning permission to become a high-end apartment complex in one of Northern Ireland's busiest tourist destinations, is up for sale for £225,000.

The site, based on a former Coastguard house in Portrush, sits doors away from one of the north coast's most popular eateries, the Ramore Wine Bar and near other well-loved bars and restaurants.

Plans for the development - prospectively called Ramore Hall - include five apartments and an underground car park.

The four-storey building would offer an upper level sea view along Portrush harbour and would be just a few steps away from West Bay and the scenic cliffs of Ramore Head.

The current building was a rescue base for the Coastguard and home to its patrol ship and is within walking distance of beaches, shops, golf courses and other local amenities.

However, the old building would have to give way for the planned development.

Estate agent Columb Henry, of R Benson and Son, said the site had a lot of potential.

"Portrush is flying and it's mainly because of golf. We've had a lot of apartment deals completed within the last few weeks and we've another development just around the corner from this site," Mr Henry said.

"With the Irish Open taking place here just two weeks away and The Open in 2019, this is a great time to invest in the town," he added.

Pictures of the scenic north coast will be broadcast to millions around the globe during two of the world's most competitive golfing tournaments.

The two first floor apartments would include two bedrooms and an open plan kitchen, dining area and living space. The three larger apartments would allow for two ensuite bedrooms, as well as a third bedroom and a bathroom and a large open plan kitchen and diner with a balcony overlooking Portrush Harbour.

Mr Henry said that similar apartments in the area are able to fetch up to £700 a month in rent, rising to £1,000 a week during the busy holiday season.

"This is a superb development site with full planning permission for five apartments with underground parking situated in the heart of the seaside town of Portrush," he said.

Developer Mark Little added: "This is a golden opportunity, based in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Each of the apartments will be fairly large.

"The exterior was designed to echo the stately red brick at Portrush Town Hall, and we have included a glazed finish on the deluxe penthouse in the plans.

"The right person to buy this will be someone who has the creativity and the vision to make this happen."

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