Scilly Walk, Kinsale: €295,000
Size: 0.63 acres
It might be a bit tiresome, and very, very predictable, but the folk at Kinsale's Scilly have to live with an affliction. It is to do with the very address where they live.
Ready-sharpened wits will, in all likelihood hit on one or two Scilly quips, and well-worn Scilly tropes.
If and when they hear of the scenic Kinsale harbour-fronting stroll called the Scilly Walk, they will, in all probability, refer to the classic 1970 Monty Python's Flying Circus comedy sketch, starring a youthful and bowler-hatted John Cleese, at the Ministry of Silly Walks.
In later years, John Cleese and the rest of the Pythons got a bit tired of being asked to perform the acrobatic, goosestepping sketch: fans never tired of watching it, though.
No doubt, the residents of Cork and Kinsale's Scilly Walk are equally as fatigued as Mr Cleese at the mention of the Silly Walk, and only the most pedestrian of pundits might query any links to Cornwall's Scilly Isles.
Next up, most likely, is going to be a quip about Scilly Money.
Now, that one, a jibe about 'Scilly Money, ' they are going to have to live with....because it's pretty damn close to the truth.
In terms of property 'bang for your buck,' or price per square foot and metre, Kinsale's Scilly, and its adjacent Ardbrack, is among the highest anywhere in Ireland, at least outside of Dublin's more exclusive addresses.
Parsing or perusing the Irish Property Price Register with a Scilly Kinsale address makes for a salutary reading: discouraging perhaps if you are trying to buy a property there, but most encouraging (ie, read 'smug') if you already have a stake in Scilly.
Going back a decade, the Price Register shows 23 Scilly residential property sales.
Six of them relate to properties at Scilly selling for over €1m. Yes, that's a half a dozen at or over the 'Big Note' threshold, and the top one was for €2.55m, for the architect-designed Corafinne at the town end of the Scilly Walk. (Arbrack just above Scilly, sort of Kinsale's dramatic 'Grand Circle' setting, shows up with ten €1m-plus house sales.)
Another nine Scilly sales were for over €500,000.
Just six in Scilly made under €500k; two of them were under €300,000, and one of those was a coach-house.
So, given those extravagant values, might there be interest in this latest Scilly listing, with direct shoreline or water-frontage, at a 'mere €295,000?'
Heck, there sure will be.
But, be realistic.
This is a site sale, or even more bluntly, a land sale, and an offer of 0.63 of an acre at that, with no guarantees.
You'll sort of have to buy it and see what you can imagine, and see what works, and see in the longer term what, if anything at all, you might be allowed to build here in a very tightly controlled planning environment, albeit one with some exceptional examples and exceptions of high-grade architecture.
Case in point? Right next door is a striking 'house on stilts' that won a RIAI Gold Medal back in the 1960s for architects Scott Tallon Walker: it's since been extended, but largely underground, or almont hidden at least from view, even from the water.
Even if through any and all high-bar design and planning hoops, even building something on this sloping and wooded plot, and servicing it, may be problematic.
It might be the Scilly Walk, but it'll be no walk in the park.
Joint auctioneers Trish Stokes of Lsiney Cork with Ron Kruger of Engel & Volker are offering the exceptionally rare 0.63 acre Scilly site slice, with slivers of hope, at the Summercove end of the Scilly Walk, with just-about vehicular access to its narrow walkway boundary (it's restricted to residents vehicles only.)
Many of its near-neighbours are multi-million euro properties, most built on site of earlier, demolished dwellings, witht far easier and proven access, and services to hand.
They note its unobstructed views of the inner and outer harbour, to James Fort, and to the town of Kinsale and says it's “situated in an area predominantly residential in nature with a number of bespoke homes,” and the Local Area Plan (LAP) zones this wooded copse section as 'Existing Built Up Area’.
And, the Lisney/E&V brief sales pitch adds the rider that “while not without challenges, this site offers would be purchasers the opportunity to plan, design and construct their dream home in a location second to none: it offers a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
VERDICT: Scilly season beckons?