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Half acre gives room for expansion

By Tommy Barker
BIG enough for many at 1,800 sq ft, the house Dimora nevertheless has room and scope for expansion, and most early viewers are looking to go larger with this woodland retreat.

So says estate agent Kieran McNamee as he kicks off the sale of this large-ish, architect designed home on a half acre site, but set in a 70 acre belt of mature woodland, a rarity of a site now widely appreciated in a south Cork setting.

Location of this trading-up, detached home is on site no 3 in Brookwood, off the main Carrigaline/Crosshaven road, a drive from Cork city (nine or ten miles) and a few minutes from the marinas and the sea at Crosshaven.

There’s only about 10 homes here on carefully segregated sites, and the last house sale here was of a larger home, on 1.25 acre. It made c €1.3 million, in the latter half of 2005.

In contrast, Dimora, via Mr McNamee, seeks offers around €800,000 and has the distinction of architect design, by the well-regarded Alexander White, although the faux stone exterior doesn’t have much of his hall-mark imprint.

What it does have is stylish living space, with a large 30’ by 18’ open area, with cathedral ceiling, spiral staircase to an 18’ by 12’ mezzanine study, bay windows, patio doors and an Adam style fireplace with wood burning stove. The floor is parana pine, and buyers have the option to buy existing furniture and curtains if they want to maintain the light and airy look.

The kitchen, more standard sized at 13’ by 11’, has maple units and a wood floor; off is a utility with tiled floor and access to the outdoors, and the ensuite master bedroom also has garden access via French doors, as well as windows with several aspects over the grounds.

There are three other bedrooms, all at ground level, plus a main bathroom with shower and mosaic tiled walls and floor.

The house has teak windows, most with casement or side hinged windows, the timber front door is an attractive Gothic shape and heating is via gas central heating, with mains services.