Pristine home in Carrigaline comes to market

If No 17 Kilmoney Woods were a car, well, going on its interiors it would be a premium, performance German brand, complete with hushed drive, efficient running costs, lots of leather and wood trim in all the right places.

That’s probably no coincidence, as the owners have a background in the car trade and relocated several years ago to Cork from Kerry, to take on a top job, selling the highest of high-end cars.

Timing was right, the car market was back in pick-up mode big-time, and the property market too was in recovery.


They bought No 17 in Carrigaline’s highly regarded Kilmoney Woods development in 2014, and finished it to a bespoke level themselves.

The development of 29 homes, Cork’s first to have geothermal heating, was started with fanfare, pre-crash, by developer Dave Dwyer and was taken over and finished by Dave Walsh of Rockforest Homes.

But, having done all of the interior ‘trim’ and comfortable detailing, No 17’s occupants are now seeking to sell, just before landscaping the gardens which will be its icing on top of a great package.

Pristine home in Carrigaline comes to market

The reason?

Teenage sons into rowing, and early-morning training on the Marina, out before the dawn most days and they were keen ever before a certain duo of brothers from Skibbereen put rowing on the map, with Olympic-medal prowess.

Thus, very reluctantly, the family here are already upping sticks and jumping ship from Kilmoney Woods, to go on the home-hunting trail once more, only this time in suburban Cork. They need to be by the river, yet they know they won’t get a home of this calibre or size for anything like what they hope to sell for in that area.

Pristine home in Carrigaline comes to market

Carrigaline estate agent Michael Piggot guides the fully-finished and five-bedroomed No 17 at €525,000, saying after its detailing and customising by the couple that “it provides a level of luxury and comfort rarely seen, even at this premium end of the property market.”

There are very few modern five-beds around for traders-up in Carrigaline, he advises, and says there’s not another penny to be spent once inside the door of No 17, whose boundaries are farmland.

The setting is rural, just south of the thriving town, yet it’s within a walk of Carrigaline and there’s long views over Carrigdhoun’s hills towards the Ballea Road, all within a short drive of beaches on Cork’s south coast, as well as boating at Crosshaven.

Pristine home in Carrigaline comes to market

It’s within a relatively short drive of Kinsale, the airport and the city centre too: “the best of both worlds,” says Mr Piggot, who adds that a trawl of the Price Register on Kilmoney Woods shows mostly sales of uncompleted houses, minus Vat etc, so he says there’s little relevant price comparisons to be seen this way.

The fully-finished 2,200 sq ft family home has multi-points for satellite TV, high-speed broadband, water is heated by solar, and the house itself is heated by a deep-bore geothermal source, delivered underfloor. Combined utility bills average €150 a month, all-in, for heating, lighting, electric etc, say the occupants.

There are only gardens left to look at here, as inside No 17 has a hand-built solid oak staircase with half landing with feature mirrored and arched ‘window’ as a sort of trompe l’oeil; then there’s matching oak doors and joinery, solid oak in-frame kitchen with dresser plus some hand-painted units, home to integrated appliances, granite worktops, oak doors and joinery, as well as quality drapes and wallpapers, professional paint finishes, and all completed in an understated, bling-free style.

Pristine home in Carrigaline comes to market

Even the utility has solid oak units, while main rooms include a 21’ by 12’ living room with feature ‘cassette’ wood-burning German Spartherm stove, bay window and garden access via double doors.

A second reception, a family room, is almost as large and has a matching Spartherm wood-burning stove, and yet more wood features in the guest WC, with half-panelled walls, top tiling and sanitary ware, and the same standard’s in the main bathroom (bath and power shower) and master bed en suite, with large quadrant shower.

There’s storage aplenty, with a walk-in hotpress (this could be an option for a second en suite, it’s suggested), and there’s pull-down Stira access to a floored and very well-insulated attic.

Pristine home in Carrigaline comes to market

Outside is a concrete-fenced garden which is private, with lawn and trampoline, plus a 500 sq ft garage, lofted for yet more storage.

Right now, the garage is effectively a gym, with loads of sports equipment, hang-up storage for mountain bikes, boat gear and sports equipment and even more signs of an active, outdoors family life.

VERDICT: Family life and ‘going for gold’ sports attractions have overcome the lure of open space and interior comforts provided at No 17 Kilmoney Woods, whose vendors ruefully admit they won’t get to replicate the quality here when they make their next move towards town.

Pristine home in Carrigaline comes to market

Kilmoney Woods, Carrigaline

Price: €525,000

Size: 2,200 sq ft

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4


Best feature: Premium finish


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