Spacious, roomy one of a kind

An architect’s own one-off home in Cork

Ballyvolane, Cork - €350,000

Size: 230 sqm (2,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5

BER: Pending

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

It’s got 2,500 sq ft within, five bedrooms, and five bathrooms — and it take a full five minutes-plus for estate agent Sean McCarthy of ERA Downey McCarthy to do a video walk-through on the delights behind the part-brick, part-dash facade of the detached, modern build 78A Árd na Gréine.

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

Built around 2011 by architect Martin Byrne as his own home, it’s an over-sized one-off, the last one in on the end of a row semi-ds off the Banduff Road.

While the exterior finish was done to more-or-less match the materials of its earlier neighbours, inside all is showhouse quality and finished off to a tee.

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

ERA agent Garry O’Donnell says it’s going down a treat with a mix of viewers which includes traders-up and even some first-time buyers.

It’s already under offer at the €350,000 asking price, adds Mr O’Donnell.

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

There’s a whole lot of well-finished home for that money, with one ground-floor bedroom/bed five or optional study/family room with bay window.

There’s also a ground floor guest WC/shower room, main living room to the front with fireplace, double aspect and another, balancing bay window on the facade of this double-fronted home.

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

But the scene-setter off the tiled hall through double doors is the very large kitchen/dining/living room, all across the back of the wide house.

It’s visually broken into zones, with low wall dividing the living section from the dining table, while the high-gloss kitchen has grey worktops, and an island.

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

There’s a utility, plus access to the rear patio and garden via double sliding doors, as the kitchen end wall is effectively all glass.

Upstairs there are four more bedrooms, all doubles, and the master bedroom is en-suite with deep, walk-in wardrobe, with rails and shelves on two sides.

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

Bedroom two is also en suite while two other bedrooms share an en-suite between them in a Jack’n’Jill layout.

No 79A has an alarm, underfloor heating, gas-fired, and is on a walled-in site, landscaped to the back with cobbled patio and raised beds, and has good parking in front.

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

It’s in showhouse condition and appearance, stresses ERA’s Garry O’Donnell.

Spacious, roomy one of a kind

VERDICT: It looks like the €350k asking price might only be a starting off point for this one-off.


Lifestyle

You have a long half-term break ahead of you all, and there’s only so much screen time anyone in the family can handle. Everyone is going to need a book-break at some point or another.We reviewed some of the best new books to keep kids entertained over half-term

Sexual politics, snideput-downs and family rivalries are fuelling the trouble brewing in a small Midlands town.Charlie Murphy and Pat Shortt star in new Irish film 'Dark lies the Island'

Robert Hume tells of the eccentric MP for Athboy, Co. Meath – born 300 years ago this month – who thought he was a teapot, and was afraid his spout might break off.A strange brew of a man: The MP for Meath who believed he was a teapot

Ladysbridge and District Flower and Garden Club will meet on Monday at 8pm in Garryvoe Hotel.Gardening Notes: Your one-stop guide to the week's events

More From The Irish Examiner