There aren’t too many Irish properties that can lay claim to views over a lagoon, but in West Cork’s Rosscarbery, some can.
Set out along the Mill Road, Burgatia, on the edge of the picturesque coastal village and square, is a stretch of road facing west, home to about two dozen detached homes of various sizes. Increasingly set in two tiers as new builds creep in, pretty much all of them face west, overlooking the several acres of lagoon that’s such a feature of Rosscarbery’s attractions, and it’s fed by fresh sea water twice daily on rising tides via a pipe under the N71.
Not for nothing is the Mill Road stretch known as ‘The Golden Mile’, and at market peak in the mid-2000s a standard bungalow here sold at auction for c€550,000.
One of the more original, a sort of two-up, two-down cottage with rear extension, in the mid section along Mill Road is now for sale, offered at €295,000 by Skibbereen-based auctioneer Pat Maguire of Maguire Properties.
Within the first few days on the market and as-yet without actual physical viewings, he has an offer in around the asking price and says interest is very, very keen.
“I’d say within a few weeks of restrictions being lifted, it will be gone. Rosscarbery’s seen as a very solid and safe setting and there’s a deal of cash buyers out there looking for a safe place to put their money,” he observes.
Similarly, a lot of the interest is coming from prospective bidders with local Ross roots, or long-time holidaymakers, who know exactly what a prize this could become.
On the wider front, the location’s convenient to Clonakilty a few miles to the east, and to Skibbereen a bit further west, with lots of beaches and attractions, and Cork city and airport are a just-about acceptable commute at over an hour’s journey.
More locally, there are some great bars, seafood restaurants, beachside cafes at Long Strand and Ownehincha, as well as Pilgrims in the Square itself, one of a number of local businesses re-opened for take-aways in the run-up to the summer trade...whatever shape that takes.
This ‘home-in-waiting,’ and whatever shape it takes too in new hands, is close to the village, within a walk of primary and secondary schools, and also within an easy walk is Warren Strand, and the pier, with an array of sports facilities and attractions on the doorstep, including a top GAA club, Carbery Rangers.
Now an executor sale, this relatively compact home is on a well-pitched site of about 0.75 of an acre.
It’s a two-bed, two-storey home, in relatively good overall condition, with outbuilding and a big rear garden section sloping upwards: it’s likely to be viewed almost as ‘a clean slate’ by prospective new owners.
“I’d say you could well see some Dermot Bannon-style glass box or extension go on the side,” predicts Mr Maguire.
Indeed, some other homes with lesser views up closer to the rather reclusive village itself (it’s set back off the main N71 West Cork route/Wild Atlantic Way) have already gone this contemporary add-on route.
A share of Mill Road upgrades are now luxe 2,500-3,000 sq ft family homes, some with bristling eco features.
The full-on view includes the lagoon, which is home to swans, other protected birdlife and wildlife, and to a watersports centre also. There’s a popular walking route around the lagoon, and on its other side then is the more tidal stretch which links to the Warren Strand by Cregane.
The property has westerly views across the water towards Ross village, with glimpses of the former convent, where a sale was agreed last, in a deal not yet closed out.
The 19th century convent is likely to go for tourism/accommodation/weddding uses once the Covid-19 brakes ease off in a year or two and more ‘normal’ hospitality returns.
VERDICT: A location for a good life.
Mill Road, Rosscarbery
Size: 93 sq m (1,000 sq ft)