EVERY so often there appears a property on the market that’s worth the purple prose.
And it isn’t about money, or order, or style — but the full package — and the feel of a home.
Yes, there are those aching, architect creations on private peninsulas, the quirky, hippy homes and the stately piles, but those properties are the exceptions that prove the rule.
Real homes involve choices made by ordinary people, in estates with other families, in the real world of jobs, mortgages and children.
And they range from the two-bed to the five-bed, but have one thing in common — they’re a life’s work, the objective realisation of where we stand.
Which, if we were to be philosophical for a minute, explains the madness of the boom. Houses as our proclamation to the world of how well we’ve done. How we moved from being famine-starved peasants to the brightest and best in Europe.
And the rest is history.
No 15 Limeworth is a higher-end house in an estate in Ballincollig, Co Cork and it hits the market at €785,000 through Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald.
It’s a mid-range, middle-class family home with lots on offer.
There’s a site with perfect aspect, but not too much upkeep, a safe location for children and layout that sees most rooms get the sun at some stage in the day. Cleverly designed, in other words.
Then, it has a great flow, with rooms running east to west, from the formal, rectangular living room, to the dining room, sunroom and kitchen and around to the second, formal living room.
Style-wise, it has the sort of classic, good taste that never goes out of fashion, but more importantly, it’s comfortable and homely.
There is great attention to detail: fireplaces are top notch, flooring good and plumb lines are perfect — not surprising in the home of an engineer. So a buyer will get a three storey, five-bedroomed house that’s more than sufficient to meet the needs of the average family.
And it’s lovely: the living room is elegant in shades of cream with off-white fire surround, brown leather sofa and soft white carpet.
Double doors lead through to the dining room, which has a bay window on the left hand side making this interim area very bright.
On the right, an arch leads through to the kitchen and at the southern end, there’s the sunroom with very soft furnishings and wide plank oak flooring.
Even though there are houses to either side, the garden is very private, with high walls and trees. A clever, inset deck is set outside the conservatory and gets the western sun, so it’s perfect for late afternoon and evening.
The kitchen is a simple, country cream with a few original touches, including the mixed material island and there’s a good, galley utility with extra units.
There is one outstanding feature: it’s the use of photos, paintings and other pictures on the wall that lifts each room and adds personality.
The last room, on the north-west corner of the house and facing the front, is a formal/dining living which could be used in any way a new owner wishes.
All the rooms run around a central spine, with inner and outer hallway finished cleverly with wallpaper in different tones. The guest bathroom is under the stairs, but don’t be fooled: it’s a fine space finished in tumbled marble.
Overhead there’s an original and impressive main bathroom in dark oak, a huge master bedroom with generous en suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe and two of the cutest kiddie rooms.
The fourth bedroom is a double guest suite and on the second floor there’s another guest bedroom, with avant garde touches and a shower room.
There is no extra cost here at Limeworth, save for stamp duty, and it’s definitely one to see for families looking for a large, detached home in a safe and accessible location.
Norma Healy is also selling no 37 Fernwalk for an even lower quoted price of €615,000.
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