A rock-solid bungalow on the banks of the Lee

This well-kept home on the river’s edge is a treasure trove, says Tommy Barker

Carrigaline, South Cork - €495,000

Size: 1,750 sq ft/half acre

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2


ABSOLUTELY lovely as it stands, the bungalow with its slightly unpronouncable name Kerrycurrihy carved into a green Connemara nameplate has scope to be a whole lot more, thanks in the main to its special estuarine setting and site size.

Coldly considered from the outset, some who’ll come to view this comfortable Castle Rock Carrigaline home may even consider knocking and replacing, as many of its near neighbours have bulked up to become very sizeable, privave, water-aspected homes.

Niche Castle Rock in cul de sac reached via the Riverside estate on the Currabinny road has about a dozen homes in all, about half of which touch the tidal shoreline at some point.

That half-dozen or so (plus some equally blessed neighbours in Seaview, Wesley and Riverside estates just on the town side) are the plots you’d envy when espied, driving out the Crosshaven road from the far side of Carrigaline and across the water.

Whenever any come up for sale, something grander happens them so now there’s some architectural beauties maximising their waterside settings.

But, even thinking of removing/replacing Kerrycurrihy would be an absolute shame, as its gentle tweaks and upgrades in the past several years have shown how older-era bungalows can be nudged along into something a bit better than their 40-year-old roots might suggest.

Naturally, key selling points here are Kerrycurrihy ’s half-acre of mature gardens, which slope and then dip deeply in dense overgrowth (and orchard) down to the Owenabue estuary, within a short walk of Carrigaline ‘village’ centre and services: on the Irish Examiner’s visit, a few brazen rabbits chose to graze the gardens, so peaceful and private is its setting, in a now-mature cul de sac.

With a surprising 1,750 sq ft as it stands, Kerrycurrihy comes to market with a confident €495,000 asking price via Steven Browne of Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan, and in truth, it’s more than the sum of its parts.

None of the early viewers that Mr Browne has taken here in the past week has been disappointed, and more than a couple are fired up about its extra possibilities.

Despite its decades of age, its main living area has been funked up a bit, with the use of quality salvaged maple hardwood flooring, which also features in the long, central hall to very good effect, and also effective is the placing of a Velux over the hall/entrance vestibule for additional light.

As clever is the setting of a large, single paned window for garden views by a simplified chimney breast, sheathing a dated flat stone earlier version and now embracing an inset wood-burning stove.

Next to it is a sliding patio door, triple-glazed, for access to a small sitting out decked area and patio with south facing aspect.

To the side/west is a contemporary gloss kitchen, with expensive pale marble floor and also well above standard are the replacement oak doors and chunky solid oak architraves throughout which give a nice lift to the neat home’s overall aesthetics.

Another recent upgrade has been a re-done bathroom, fully tiled with a contemporary style bath, and alongside is a separate WC shower room, serving the four bedrooms off the corridor’s eastern end.

Bigger than its looks on first approach, and in part down to a partial double garage conversion, there’s now 1,750 sq ft internal living area, with studio/multi-purpose extra room off a side utility with garden access (the truncated garages are now best for storing bikes, motorbikes or, at a push a Smart Car, as they’re no longer deep enough to take a car.)

All the essential rooms have been vastly improved in this well-kept home, and perhaps the bedrooms are the only area needing similar treatments/integration or extension.

VERDICT: Kerrycurrihy’s next owners can do as little, or as much, as they want, and the site will reward them, all day long, for years more to come.


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