Glandore beckons with prime semi-d at The Terrace

LITTLE point in speculating now about what would have been paid five years ago for a Glandore perch like 1, The Terrace – the point now is will this prime-perch property with shore frontage be bid above its market reality €400,000 asking price.

Dating most likely to the early 1900s, it is described as semi-detached, and is the book-ending, southern-most house in this neighbourly set of three.

A near neighbour in this most chic of west Cork enclaves (number-cruncher Carol Vorderman had one of the best modern homes here) is Sir Anthony O’Reilly, where his sprawling coastal family pile Shorecliffe is used infrequently by several O’Reilly generations.

No 1 The Terrace, quite privately set down below the public road beyond Casey’s bar, has great gardens which drop down in colourful tiers to the shoreline, with private steps to a shingle beach beneath.

Running along the perimeter is a public path to an adjoining beach and bathing spot, but the site’s maturity means there’s plenty of privacy. A consideration - albeit a small one – for whoever buys the highly sellable and desirable home – is that the occupants of Nos 2 and 3 have their access by dint of right of way across the front of No 1, so you will get to meet, greet and salute the immediate neighbours.

Estate agent Charles McCarthy is selling No 1, which was bought 30 years ago by a Cork city solicitor as a holiday bolt-hole, but he made little use of it.

It has a detached garage, greenhouse, three bedrooms, and most of the rooms are on the smallish side, bar the main 26’ by 11’ sitting room.

It was renovated back in the 1980s, but now needs another charge of investment and upgrading, yet is going to charm visitors who drop by for a look-see.

It looks out to the sea to and beyond the mouth of Glandore harbour and its treacherous rocks, past the noted Adam and Eve rock/islands towards Rabbit Island.

Glandore is a sailors’ paradise, hosting annual regattas and a bi-annual classic boat regatta.


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