Size: 167 sqm (1,798 sq ft)
Tommy Barker views a home which takes full advantage of its gorgeous views of Cork Harbour.
Upside-down living was the obvious layout choice at this detached home, well out along the Point Road in Cork Harbour’s Crosshaven.
The reason for the inversion, with the living quarters up on the top deck, is obvious on even a cursory visit: it’s all about the busy, ever-changing water views.
Built most likely in the 1970s, and extended and upgraded with a gable-end sun room grafted on a few decades later, this is one of Crosshaven’s prime viewing perches, with views west to the marina and yacht moorings in Crosshaven. Rounding out past Currabinny, are ever-more extensive vistas opening up towards Cobh over Haulbowline, and taking in the Curlane Bank, in front of Spike Island towards the east.
Not only do most rooms have a view and vantage point (and the best is from the shelter of the conservatory) but, on finer days like we’ve had all summer, there’s also the room outside — a sit-out sun terrace or veranda, with clear glass balusters screening topped with stainless steel edge.
If you’re into weather- watching, boat surveying and sailing, you’ll find it engrossing (the Curlane Bank has been known as a bit of a shipwreck spot!), and now the very house itself goes on view, as part of an executor estate sale, via estate agent Timothy Sullivan.
He guides the impeccably-kept c 1,800 sq ft four-bed home at €495,000, and expects interest from sailors and lovers of the sea, and perhaps from better-heeled traders-down and relocaters also, including those coming home to Irish shores from overseas.
It has its bedrooms downstairs, where one (the largest) has an attached study, which has been plumbed for an en suite. Above, are a 25’ by 12’ kitchen/breakfast/living room, with an arch to a 15’ by 12’ living room with gas fire, and there’s also a shower room/WC, plus access to the 15’ by 13’ sunroom, and sun terraces.
The site’s not too large, and is sloping, thus working with the upside down layout, and there’s a lower level garage, plus off-street parking, with Crosshaven’s shops and services a short walk away along the Point Road, past the boatyard.
VERDICT: Crosshaven’s Camden Road and its Point Road almost vie for ‘best location’ status. Camden’s higher up for a more elevated sweep of panorama, but that road’s busier with traffic to the impressive military heritage attraction at Camden Fort, while the Point Road is more laid back, and closer to the water. This property shows Point Road at its best, given the diversity of its real life diorama.