YOU get two for the price of one in this property offer — four years ago, a one-bed home was grafted on to the end of a 1980s three-bed bungalow, done for extended family use.
By Tommy Barker
And, now, holding potential for some similar mix of uses for families, friends or others buying in tandem is Briar Hill, on a cracking good 0.6 acre site overlooking Raffeen Creek by Cork harbour’s Monkstown.
The setting is scenic, having managed to overcome or assimilate the bulk of the Pfizer plant across the waters at Raffeen Creek, a noted wildfowl reserve and occasionally graced by dinghies racing out of Monkstown past the new marina facility.
Guiding the entire lot with expansive water views at €330,000, Catherine McAuliffe of Savills says she expects interest from families looking to trade up to a detached home on good grounds with a water aspect, and who’d tweak the floor plans to re-integrate the property into one main home.
There are several ways around that, though opening access and an easy flow from one half to the other would compromise existing good rooms. How about an external link where the two sections T into one another, if planning permits?
As the two halves currently sit, there’s about a 50:50 split of space between old and new, and the best and brightest space quite naturally is in the newer portion — so the three-bed end needs to do a bit of style catching up.
Savills describe the one-bed section as “luxurious”, and in truth it is sort of a generation ahead of its older, other half, with features like a high, vaulted ceiling in the 24’ by 17’ main living room, which has twin, tall-window features on its southerly gable wall, with matching tall Vasco-design radiators on either side for high-level comforts.
There’s also a kitchen/dining area with island to the rear, with the front and back sections separated by a low glass and steel baluster, the kitchen’s got high gloss units, island and sliding doors to a side garden with decked space, while behind is a utility room.
This modern section has a guest WC, plus an en suite master bedroom with large wardrobe.
Right alongside, the other house section has one of its three bedrooms en suite, there’s a good-sized hall, a decent-sized 20’ by 12’ front sitting room with marble fireplace and to the back of the house is a 27’ by 9’ kitchen and dining room.
Again, showing the differences between the ages, the older section has oil-fired central heating, while the newer bit has gas, and each have open fireplaces.
VERDICT: A very adaptable home for those who want a different sort of mix, it can easily enough be made into one big home, or there’s income potential as well in renting out one half, and living in the other. Hmmm, but which half? Choices, choices.
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