Yesterday I took a walk around The Mill apartment complex in Ballisodare. The project of 75 apartments was built on the site of a beautiful old mill on the Owenmore river about 5 miles from Sligo town. Finished in 2006, it was billed as “a property that simply has it all”, with 2 bedroom apartments starting from €320,000.
Things didn’t quite work out that way and it looks like hardly anyone ever moved in. I heard stories of dampness issues with the building that delayed sales of the apartments. I guess when 2008 came around it was doomed. There are no warning signs telling you not to enter, I did not have to jump any gates or wall to get in. I simply walked from the main road down and in the front door.
It is like a scene from ’28 days later’ inside. Windows are smashed, partition walls are kicked in, the large dark empty car park has had all of its wiring and cables stripped. There are screws all over the floor from all of the doors and fittings that have been removed. Copper water tanks have been long ripped out of each apartment.
Its a shame that this place was built in place of the old mill which stood for over a century, but its a tragedy that it was not maintained and used to house someone. It must have cost between €5m and €10m to build and now its worth nothing. Water and electricity are cut off and the only sounds are the dying batteries in the smoke alarms.
Remember that this development was pretty much finished and ready for tenants in 2006.
I found the text for the original brochure on the way back machine so I will use it to contrast how it all looks now…
"Look out your window and bathe in the breathtaking beauty of the Ballisodare River. With its abundant supply of wild salmon and bubbling rapids it's a magnet for anglers ... relax over dinner and let your thoughts drift with the current of the river." - from the brochure
" All of these apartments have generous living areas and cleverly laid out kitchens ... Whatever shape or style of apartment you'd like, you'll find it at the Mill." - from the brochure
"They say God is in the detail and here attention to detail is second to none...at the Mill quality is everywhere you look. And that quality is protected by a 10-year home bond guarantee." - from the brochure
"all the living areas face out into the lovingly landscaped courtyard. Here children can play safely and always within view or you could just put your feet up in the sun and enjoy a good book." - from the brochure
"Walk inside any of the apartments at the Mill and you'll start to notice things. There are ash veneered doors, a fully fitted kitchen with granite worktop and first class tiling throughout the kitchens and bathrooms. Bathrooms have semi recessed sinks and all bedrooms come with built in wardrobes." - from the brochure
"All apartments at The Mill come with the latest in high tech spec. Intercom systems come as standard. What's more, broadband internet and cabling for state of the art entertainment systems has been fitted throughout. " - from the brochure
" If home is what you make it, then you couldn't make it better than this. Whether you're buying your first home, planning to invest, looking for a holiday home or simply looking for a taste of the good life, at the Mill you'll be rewarded with a property that simply has it all." - from the brochure
"Often the problem with apartment living can be storage space. Having space for stuff shouldn't be a luxury and at the Mill it isn't." - from the brochure
"Every inch of the Mill has been architecturally designed to maximise, light, space and style ... The Mill's brave design sets a new standard in apartment living." - from the brochure
"And with the warm glow of Goldshield electric heating always on, these apartments are energy efficient too!" - from the brochure
I feel bad for the people that live near here. It must be depressing to look at this everyday.
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