Gem views at harbour home

THERE are views and then there are the views from Diamond Hill in Monkstown.

Perched high on a bluff above the Cork harbour village, the eye can scan as far as Whitegate to the east, Crosshaven in the distance and Ringaskiddy and the various pharma industries to the west.

Even the industrial derricks of Verolme look good from this vantage point — the beauty of the harbour outshines the interventions of man, and Mammon.

And it’s no wonder it was so popular with the Victorians, and latterly the 1970s buyers who bought at (and rarely moved from) this estate on the rim of the old naval village.

There are a couple of tiers to Diamond Hill and number 16 is mid-ways with a predominant, south-west aspect. Built on two levels to fit the site, there’s a real 1970s look from the exterior, so the interior is a bit of a surprise.

Smart, modern and with a very well-conceived sun room extension, this is a house which gets light right throughout the day. So, there’s the main living room with panoramic windows to take in the views and the master and second double bedroom strung along to the west, ensuring maximum light in the morning.

The main room is at entrance level, with a short rise to the family room, sunroom and kitchen. The kitchen, by means of a long narrow window, not only overlooks the living room, but has views out to sea too.

Fitted in bespoke maple, and complete with island/breakfast bar, this is a modern, defensible space that serves into the dining and sitting areas and acts rather like a hub in a wheel. The sun room element is part of a rear extension which blends with the open plan space, drawing south and west light in and creating a fresh, easy flow. A playroom is set off to one end and is ideal as a study or home office.

There is direct access to the rear garden, which is cleverly low maintenance and has some quirky, arty touches that announce a bit of thought and care. Also, there’s a rear door from the highest point of the garden to a back road.

Bedrooms are set to the west of the house, opening off a central corridor and are served by an en suite room and a crisp, main bathroom.

There’s little to do at no 16, but the prospect of opening up or converting the garage could inspire potential buyers.

One element that’s missing is a balcony from the living room, which is fitted in other houses. Along with French doors, it could add another dimension to the room — but maybe not with small children.

Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing is selling 16 Diamond Hill and is open to offers in the region of €575,000.


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