Former Caludon pub in St Austell Road, Wyken, bought by O'Flanagan Homes
Apr 4 2011 Jenny Waddington, Coventry Telegraph

A Coventry company is defying the recession as it plans to create a new development in Wyken.

O’Flanagan Homes is currently carrying out demolition work on the site of the former Caludon pub in St Austell Road after purchasing the 1.3 acre site from Punch Taverns through Shortland Horne.

Mark Sills, director of Shortland Horne, has been working closely with Punch over the last nine years and played a pivotal role in the completion of the sale. He has been retained by O’Flanagan Homes to assist in development plans.

Mark said: “Within the last year, we helped to conclude a very similar deal which will again see O’Flanagan Homes creating a new development on the site of the former Mitchells and Butler-owned Hawthorn Tree pub on Broad Lane.

“Obviously, nothing will happen here until planning permission has been granted and we are looking at a whole range of alternatives before anything is submitted."

“O’Flanagan Homes is a meticulous local company and will create a scheme that helps to regenerate this area. The face of Coventry is changing and we are pleased to be playing a leading role in that.”

Danny O’Flanagan, director of O’Flanagan Homes, said he was excited by the prospect of the new development. “We are at a very early stage but I believe we have a very promising site here and we are looking at one or two options for the development,” he added.

“Residential properties are likely to be at the heart of the scheme but we are keen to investigate other avenues because we feel there is great potential for the site.”

Shortland Horne urges buyers to move quickly
Apr 4 2011

A popular new development of apartments in Coventry is close to selling out – so buyers are being urged to move quickly to be in their new home for the summer.

Coundon House Gardens, which is off Southbank Road in Coundon, is a development of new apartments by O’Flanagan Homes each of which has been finished to a very high standard.

Just a couple of two-bedroom apartments remain at the attractive, gated scheme through new homes specialists Shortland Horne.

A two-bedroom, ground floor plot is on the market at £154,950 while a second-floor apartment – which features a balcony – is available at £159,950.

Laura Shortland, a director of Shortland Horne, said the development had attracted a good blend of purchasers.

She said: “We have seen first-time buyers who have saved for a deposit move in here and we have also attracted people who are down-sizing too".

“Some couples whose children have flown the nest have decided to move out of their family home and into our superb apartments here".

“It means they have been able to free up some cash for holidays and other activities but still have plenty of space and a very desirable home".

“But buyers who want to follow suit will not have long because we are down to the final two apartments here because this has proved to be extremely popular with purchasers".

“For those who buy now, there is a chance they could be in their new apartment and enjoying barbecues on their balcony or patio this summer!”

Each property comes complete with a fitted kitchen and fitted family and en-suite bathrooms.

For more information on Coundon House Gardens contact Shortland Horne.

Shortland Horne help couple downsize to Coundon House
Apr 4 2011

It's going to be quite a year for Phil and Maureen Hall.

The Coventry couple are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary and are just settling into a brand new apartment in Coundon - just a stone's throw from where they were married in 1964.

The Halls have moved from their home of 37 years in Eastern Green to O'Flanagan Homes' Coundon House development, off Southbank Avenue, through new homes specialists Shortland Horne.

The couple have downsized their property in order to free up cash and time to do more travelling, including a once-in-a-lifetime trip later this year that will see them cruise in the Caribbean before travelling down the Amazon River to Brazil.

Phil said: "For three or four years, we had been considering moving home. Our former home had three bedrooms and was much bigger and we didn't need all that room".

"When we saw that there were apartments available here we came to have a look and thought it was ideal for us".

"The apartment has an excellent finish and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms which was a major plus".

"It is an attractive site too, with a beautiful oak tree in the grounds. The fact that it is gated and we have no outside maintenance to look after is also good for us".

He added: "With interest rates as they are, we are not making as much money on our savings so this move helped to free up some money for us to travel more".

"As it's our 45th wedding anniversary, we are going to celebrate in style with a fantastic holiday later this year. And it seems much easier to leave an apartment for a few weeks rather than a house".

There are just six apartments remaining for sale at the Coundon House development, each of which benefits from a very high-standard of finish.

They are on the market with Coventry-based Shortland Horne, and Laura Shortland believes they will be snapped up quickly.

She said: "We are delighted that Mr and Mrs Hall have settled in so well - especially at such a special time for them".

"Many couples are looking to downsize because it is a great way to free up some money to do other things in life - such as travel".

"We have heard nothing but praise for the Coundon House development and I am sure others will quickly follow in the footsteps of Mr and Mrs Hall".

For more information on Coundon House contact Shortland Horne on 024 7622 0444.

Expansion Plans
Jul 21 2011

Expansion Plans
Thursday, March 24, 2011

A third generation, family-owned business in Coventry is toasting its expansion plans at its latest development.

O'Flanagan Homes bought the former Miners public house in Alderman's Green Road in the city just over a year ago and the site is quickly being transformed.

The pub, which was purchased through new homes and land specialists Shortland Horne, has been demolished and already the 10 three-bedroom, family homes are beginning to shoot up in its place.

Danny O'Flanagan, who is following in his grandfather's and father's footsteps in running the business, said the company was looking to grow even though it had been a tough time for the industry. He said: "The property sector was one of the worst hit during the recession but we have continued to grow and, where we can, buy sites to create the new homes the city needsz"You have to know your market. People still want good-sized family homes and they like the fact that when they buy new from a family firm such as ours, we make it as hassle-free as possible."We heard that there was an opportunity to buy the Miners a couple of years ago and everything has happened extremely smoothly."The homes we are building are spacious - above the average size for a three-bedroom property - but you have to respond to what the market is demanding."That is the reason we have been a success and that is how we intend to keep growing."

Reservations are now being taken at The Miners, with prices starting at £136,950. The first homes are set to be ready for completion by March 2011 and those who reserve before the end of February will have their five per cent deposit paid and their home fully carpeted. Laura Shortland, director of Shortland Horne, said the new homes market in Coventry and Warwickshire had held up during a difficult climate and that was down to developers such as O'Flanagan Homes. She said: "We have been working with O'Flanagan Homes for many years now and they have a great knack for knowing the market. That is absolutely crucial. "There is strong demand for new, family houses in Coventry and this development fits in perfectly with that. "They are also close to a very pleasant nature reserve and have several local amenities such as shops, a Post Office and a popular pub nearby."So that mix of properties and quality of location remains an important factor and that is what homebuyers are still looking for."

For more information on The Miners contact Shortland Horne on 024 7622 0444.

Godiva Awakes
Aug 1 2012
"O’Flanagan Homes has been operating in Coventry since 1949 when first established under the name James O’Flanagan Ltd. Therefore we are very proud to be a Golden Patron of Godiva Awakes, a world piece of public art chronicling the West Midland’s unique industrial and engineering heritage which will play a significant role in theurban regeneration of Coventry for years to come." Danny O’Flanagan, Director, O’Flanagan Homes
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