Towering over Tower

YOU could say the name of this estate is apposite, or ironic, but Towering Heights does tower over the village of Tower in suburban Cork and, most of the houses are on the large side.

When this serviced site development was launched over ten years ago, locals were scandalised at the cost then around £25,000 for fully serviced sites of 0.5 to 0.75 of an acre.

At that time the village was small and sleepy. Now, it's stretched out almost to Blarney with new housing developments, has a brand new shopping centre with retail units and even a Thai restaurant. Up the hill on the old Kerry road, a brand new golf club, hotel, leisure centre with a tourist village has just passed the final hurdle to planning and work should begin there this spring, bringing a whole new range of amenities to the area.

Back at Towering Heights, all those serviced sites now have mature dormer bungalows and at the other side of the village a similar development of large houses overlooks Muskerry Golf Club.

Number 18 Towering Heights was built initially as a B&B, the house was last put up for sale five years ago, and has been used as a family home since then. Number 18 also has some baronial touches, not least in its area of 4,500 square feet but also in the exposed beams in the living room and the lounge.

The interior is mostly carpeted and has lots of teak joinery, a look which mixes well with dark oak used as occasional furniture in the main living room with its baronial and huge, Le Droff fireplace. Spread over three levels, the house has six en-suite bedrooms, all of which are doubles and en-suites that are much larger than average.

The kitchen is a big room that connects to the family room on one side and a very bright conservatory on the other. It's fitted in aged oak and comes with a larger than average utility.

Three of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, the kitchen and living rooms are the next level up and then, there are three more rooms on the next floor, including a master suite with its own lobby.

The attic is floored, has windows and is ripe for conversion: as the house has so many bedrooms, it would work as a big office, home study, or games room.

Right up at the top of the estate, it has tremendous views over Blarney, Tower and Cloghroe and the difficult sloping site has been tamed into a tiered garden with luscious amounts of planting, pergolas, a pond, huge rear patio/terrace and even a small football pitch. At the guide price of €635,000 quoted by Terence O'Leary of O'Mahony Walsh Property Partners for the amount of house you're getting, this is very good value, especially as the house is a walk-in job and has really good gardens with extra safety features for kids.

What's also really attractive about the location is that it's just 15 minutes to town but still has a country feel.

The expansion of Tower is now limited under the County Development plan to just a few small areas there won't be any large scale development here until the plan is reviewed in 2007.

Shopping can be had in the village, in Blarney and in Ballincollig which should provide a huge range of amenities when the new town centre is completed over the next five years.

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