Trading up: Castlepark, Kinsale, €360,000

This home is guided at €360,000 and appears to have kept close faith to its original design.

Size: 82 sq m (878 sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 1 

Bedrooms: 2 

BER: G

The word is already gone out that there’s a house for sale in the architecturally-distinguished Castlepark development, out by a beach, James Fort and the Dock bar and marina, across the harbour from Kinsale town.

Already, existing home-owners in this early 1970s harbour scheme have tipped off ‘those in the know’ friends and acquaintances who might want to buy here, in this modernist take on the traditional Irish cluster/clachan.

Designed by Denis Anderson, the collection of several dozen varied designs grouped around communal paths and naturally planted open grounds leading down to a beach is heralded as “a seminal work of Irish residential architecture,” and won a European Architectural Heritage Year Award in 1975, plus RIAI recognition also.

One of the smaller of the designs which eschewed pastiche and blended plain white walls, with slate hung walls, slate roofs and small windows, the c 880-sq ft two-bed No 5, came to market this March with local agent James Murphy (no relation to James Fort!) and he says it’s had the same owner since built in 1972.

It’s guided at €360,000 and appears to have kept close faith to its original design, with high, vaulted dark wood ceilings and beams, assertive roof pitches, clerestory windows, wood and tiled floors. It has a kitchenette, large high-ceilinged living area with raised hearth fireplace in a tall white chimney breast, and two compact bedrooms, each with pitched ceilings plus bathroom.

VERDICT: Original gem needing just a gentle polish


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