Summer is coming, and Cork’s tourist attraction the historic Camden Fort Meagher is gearing up for weekend openings, showing off the defensive wonders of the magnificent harbour under its Ram’s Head perch.
Coming too is Cork Harbour Festival, June 1-9, with a myriad waterborne activities in and out of the water, dotted around the harbour, and up and down the Lee’s waterways.
But, but, much of those glories are here in full view, 24/7, and in all seasons too, from this private home called Sundance.
A modern, architect- designed, split-level home, Sundance is a ‘replacement build’ in a prime viewing slot on Crosshaven’s Camden Road.
It’s also the second-last house before the entrance to Fort Meagher, set just before the turning circle for the Cork-Crosshaven 202 bus, which runs right across the city to Ballincollig.
It’s also where people stop to admire the vista, and it’s much photographed too, with ever-changing water-borne activities in the vista, and views over outer harbour islands like Spike, and Haulbowline, over to Cobh, with cathedral spire and cruise ship funnels as markers, and beyond. Indeed, it’s quite the panorama package.
And, now, it’s there for private viewing pleasure, as Sundance comes to the open market.
Built about 2010/11 on a prime site, it’s a contemporary designed home with a butterfly zinc and membrane, essentially two-storey but in three tiers, designed by Rush, Co Dublin-based architect Roger Bell of Bell Associates.
His clients, a young family, gave him a brief of maximising light from the south to the front/entrance and also of maximising the water views from the north, and he delivered, ina multi-layered and largely open plan delivery, on a slightly tricky site.
Sundance is the second primely set home to come to the 2019 market in Crosshaven with agents Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan: just a few months ago they floated Fernbank, a 20th century c 1,600 sq ft split-level build on a superb water-fronting site with its own private slipway, at Crosshaven’s Point Road, below the Camden Road, at €850,000.
Fernbank’s been getting some good viewings, but is not yet under offer. Now, for €100,000 less, is the larger and more modern Sundance, getting different views from its higher-up plot, but clearly doesn’t have the allure of water-frontage and a slipway.
John Hornibrook of Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan’s Carrigaline office has launched the 278 sq m (that includes things like the balcony/terrace) Sundance at €750,000, and says its a ‘perfectly poised residence, commanding outstanding sea views across Cork’s inner harbour.” with a unique, stepped internal layout.
That layout sees four lower level double bedrooms, one with one en suite, there’s a fifth bedroom/study by the entrance, and a linked very large kitchen/dining area overlooking a main living room, with parquet floor, 12’ high ceilings, and 10’ high sliding doors to a glass balustraded terrace/balcony, and all’s warmed by a 3.5kw wood burning integrated stove, as a back up to a ‘state of the art’ gas heating system.
Finishes are relatively high end, with walnut doors, good bathrooms and glazing is double to the south and triple to the north, with ht solar panels hidden in the crook of the butterfly roof.
Externally, there’s just a bit more work to be done the sloping and tiered site and gardens, and access to a private parking area to the front is via a sliding steel teak gate on the Camden Road.
VERDICT: All the hard work has been done already on this harbor-scanning home. Sundance is good to go, and great to view.
Camden Road, Crosshaven €750,000 Size: 278 sq m (2,9800 sq ft) inc balcony Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 BER: Pending