By Tommy Barker
THERE’S a blunt honesty in the naming of one of the most exclusive addresses in East Cork’s Carrigtwohill: it’s called the Bog Road.
And, yes, while it doesn’t sound exactly posh, locals and the cognoscenti further afield know it as being home to some of the area’s best homes (none of which are sinking into a bog, by the way.)
It’s within a few minutes walk of Main Street, Carrigtwohill, via Station Road, and closer too is that key piece of the region’s infrastructure, the commuter rail station linking to Midleton in one direction, and to Cork city to the west: the station’s set at the start of the leafy Ashbrook/Bog Road, and the rail line runs just to the north, parallel to the Bog Road.
It’s pretty much all detached homes, on big, landscaped sites at the various Ashbrook, Ashdale, and Ashgrove. Last week it was all autumnal last-leaf splendour, with beech trees, rather than ash, more in evidence in the last short leg of access road to Ashgrove Lodge (below).
Here, locals Geaney Property Developments are just finishing the second of two similar L-shaped, contemporary designed houses, out of sight of the Bog Road, ups a private avenue.
Crisply finished, in white-painted render with slate roofs and floor-to-ceiling glazing, they’re on large sites too, of c half an acre, and one’s just gone sale agreed with Midleton-based agent James Colbert (who’s shortly set to open a second Colbert & Co office in much-expanded Carrigtwohill), No 2 Ashgrove Lodge, to a relocating buyer, from overseas.
Mr Colbert prices the remaining No 2, on the larger of the two very private sites, at €625,000. It too stretches to 3,000 sq ft, with an enormous, main open-plan living/kitchen/dining room, over 35’ by 15,’ and bright as they come thanks to a triple aspect and those deep, feature windows and opes.
What’s notable, in fact, is the relatively small number of rooms, but they’re large, so this Edge Architecture-designed duo come with the aforementioned open-plan space, plus another triple-aspect Great Room, over in the far wing.
The central core/entry point is a lofty, double-height entry hall and landing, with feature glass partition overhead, there’s a right ‘heft’ to the concrete stairs and the first floor is home to a main bathroom (with attic access from here via a Stira,) and four double bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. The master has a walk-in dressing room/robe.
Downstairs are a cloakroom/plant room for all the tech such as underfloor-delivered, air-to-water sourced heat, all under concrete floors at both ground- and first-floor levels (mech/elec are from Driver Renewables, and electrician George Morris). Windows and doors are all triple-glazed.
There’s also a ground-floor bathroom, a utility, and a back hall/boot room, making for about six indoor/outdoor access points in all, including two via slender double doors to a private courtyard off the kitchen/diner.
That courtyard space has walls finished in quality limestone, and the surface is all-weather Astroturf, in contrast to the lawns elsewhere on this dead-level site.
Separately, there’s a large, airy double garage, and the houses face south, with glimpses only of older homes on the Bog Road in front, as this double site is off-road, up a private avenue lined with decades-old trees, and back by the rail line.
Estate agent James Colbert describes these builds as “functional yet utterly contemporary, built to the highest standard of finish.” At €625k, for the remaining one with a painted, ‘builder’s finish’, would-be buyers will have to factor in the extra costs of flooring, kitchens, appliances, built-ins, and bathrooms/sanitary ware/tiling: the agent says this means the “light filled space offers a blank canvas to a purchaser wanting to create a truly individual home.”
A Price Register search on ‘Bog Road’ brings up one listing in Nad in north Cork, under the Boggeragh Mountains, while nothing comes up under Ashgrove, Carrigtwohill.
A few Carrigtwohill sales turn up in the €400k+ league, at Ashdale in 2016 and 2014. And, a mile or away at Fahydorgan, a five-bed detached home on acres of land with stables made €675,000 last year.
VERDICT: Top quality, big, bright, new A2-BER builds that should run for half nothing.
Size: 284 sq m (3,000 sq ft)