Overlooking Cork Harbour, this impressive Victorian home has been practically rebuilt, writes Trish Dromey.
Living up to the promise of its address, No 1 Bayview, Strand Road, in Monkstown does indeed have bay views as well as bay windows to enjoy them from.
Built at the turn of the 19th century, it’s a three-bed end of terrace house which has been very comprehensively upgraded by current owners who bought it two years ago.
“It’s literally been taken apart, reconstructed and reappointed,” says Brendan Bowe of Bowe Property, pointing out that the house’s new B1 BER rating is astonishingly high for a house of this age.
New floors, doors, and bathrooms went in during renovations, and the layout was altered slightly to create an open plan space with a modern kitchen. The BER was improved with a high level of insulation and an insert stove as well as an energy-efficient air to water heating system, which is underfloor at ground level.
Mr Bowe says that because of the high standard of the renovation and the location, the property is attracting a lot of attention.
“Around 20 people turned up for an open viewing and we got a bid for the €325,000 asking price quite quickly,” he said.
The property offers 1,300 sq ft of living space, which includes a 28 ft long living/dining /kitchen with engineered timber flooring and pale pastel purple walls. At the front is a living area with a bay window and a modern insert wall fire while at rear there is a modern kitchen, painted duck-egg blue, with integrated units and a breakfast bar.
Other accommodation includes a timber-floored study at the front as well as a guest WC and utility room at the rear.
A modern timber staircase leads to the first floor which has been upgraded with a Jacuzzi bath, and has Victorian-style tiles and shower cubicle.
The owners have put a rocking chair in the upstairs bay window so they can sit and admire the views of Monkstown harbour. Behind the window is a timber- floored master bedroom, which has a tall modern radiator and a storage area which has been plumbed for an en-suite. There’s another bedroom at the front as well as a smaller one, fitted out as a nursery, at the rear.
VERDICT: A period house which looks stylishly modern and new
Monkstown, Co Cork €325,000
Size: 120 sq m (1,300 sq ft)
Best Feature: Great update