Daughter of Fred Astaire to sell her Irish home

AN Irish link with Fred Astaire is to be severed, as the dance and movie star’s daughter Ava prepares to sell her Cork home.

Ava Astaire McKenzie and her husband Richard McKenzie moved from Beverly Hills to Castlepoint, near Schull in West Cork, a spot later visited by her father and other celebrities.

They raised two sons in rural, country bliss. This prompted Richard to write a book called Turn Left at the Black Cow, about their arrival in a place with no postal zip codes and a laid-back lifestyle.

Now they have put Clonlea Cottage, on 3.5 acres with a guest cottage and gardens, up for sale, as they’re moving to Palm Springs, Florida.

The couple hope to get €525,000 for the house.

“We feel the distance from our own kids and grandkids now, and putting it simply, we have just had too many birthdays. It is time for younger blood, a family or at least a couple of the age we were when we arrived on Midsummer’s Day in 1975,” they said.

Picture: The house in West Cork which is being sold by the daughter of screen legend the late Fred Astaire. Ava Astaire McKenzie and her husband Richard are moving to Florida.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Top judge: Social media is a threat to justice

Bride-to-be left €7,000 short as competition company shuts

Rugby stars face rape prosecutions

Ian Bailey witness doubts known in 2002


Breaking Stories

Armed gardaí and negotiators attending incident in Crumlin church

Judgement reserved on challenge by Allan Shatter to data protection ruling

Geraldine Finucane given permission to take public inquiry bid to Supreme Court

Retired teacher, 77, to be extradited to face indecent assault charge in UK

Lifestyle

Mobile library on the move to bring joy to Cork communities

Three great routes for summer scrambling fans

Back to Ballybeg with the Mundy sisters

More From The Irish Examiner