There’s Verolme Dutch heritage with this Whitepoint home. Kya deLongchamps reports
No 14 Whitepoint Estate, a handsome mid-century four bedroom property with direct access to a beach and a private boat house at the bottom of the garden, has just cruised onto the market.
Focused on an uninterrupted, panoramic sweep of the harbour from its principal rooms, it’s a fascinating prospect. Any dedicated mariner familiar with Cobh and its diversions on and off the water, will likely completely lose their mind. If you have a salty spouse, you might want to stuff these Property pages into the recycling bin right now.
No 14’s Cobh-based selling agent Johanna Murphy, has recently become the first female Commodore of SCORA (South Coast Ocean Racing Association). She finds this setting genuinely stirring, and she’s admired the houses at Whitepoint Estate for years.
“It’s so rare for one of these addresses to come up and especially one with a boathouse with direct access to the water than can house a 32ft keelboat,” she says.
“‘We will be running the historic Kingstown to Queenstown race on Thursday July 9 in time for the start of Cork Week 2020. The last time this race took place was 1863. I really can’t imagine a better place than No. 14 to enjoy a front row seat to the event.”
Built in the early 1960s, this terrace has a perceptible optimistic mid-century style that’s attracting so much attention in interiors. Unlike some of the more precipitous addresses on the island, it’s within an ozone rich, level stroll of the town, and easy pedestrian reach of the train station going each way.
Whitepoint Estate was designed for some of the 1,100 employees of the celebrated Verolme dockyard in Rushbrooke, builders of the Irish Naval Vessel LÉ Eithne among many other vessels (the yard closed in 1984). The houses were known for many years as the Dutch Villas, from the time of shipping magnet Cornelius Verolme.
Word in Cobh is, that no- one wanted to give up these desirable, contemporary berths. Sales were (and still are) a very rare sea bird — a tranquil, seafront sweet-spot near the town. Examining the Price Register of achieved sales, prices are healthily climbing for the terrace and surrounding property.
Reached by a wide drive, the house includes an entrance hall, a good size kitchen with timber units and dining area, and is also served by a utility room. Completing downstairs is a guest WC, a sitting room with an open fireplace and sliding doors to a large sunroom leading to the rear garden. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a main bathroom.
The terraced gardens to the rear deserve rediscovery, and enjoying the curious faintly tropical micro-climate known to the area — they could make a dramatic display viewed from the water. Along with your boathouse on the strand at the end of the garden, there’s also a useful right of way from the house next-door to the side of the garden, ideal if you are carrying out works or moving larger furnishings.
Currently plain, comfortable, livable, No 14 enjoys an extraordinary position and deserves incremental updating, yet there’s nothing apparently out of the ordinary to terrify a surveyor.
Johanna Murphy describes No.14 as ‘tired’, and to my eye its 1,200 plus square feet are cosmetically exhausted and in need of some straight-forward energy upgrades with the help of SEAI grant aid. It features natural gas central heating — a great start.
They say you can’t buy a (guaranteed) view. Nautical newsflash — you can. Likely to slip its ties and sell even over the quiet of Christmas and New Year.
VERDICT: Load up the kayak — a timely voyage to Whitepoint with the SCORA Commodore is highly recommended.