Finish off this bungalow to your own specifications

COASTAL views east and west, in a setting highly unlikely to see many planning permissions granted in the future, underscore the value of this west Cork property.

Set on a ridge at Dunowen, seven miles southwest of Clonakilty, the just-built large but low-slung dormer home on a site of an acre has a €620,000 price guide with Jim O'Brien of CCM Property Services.

Property values have grown strongly in the village and its coastal hinterland between Dunmore and Rathbarry/Castlefreke, outstripping pricey Schull in many cases because of its relative proximity to Cork city.

This property, which is as likely to be bought for holiday use as for full-time family occupancy, is close to the sea at Dirk Cove, with an even nearer coastal cliff climb for the brave. It is also close to the former home of the late Noel Redding, the Jimi Hendrix Experience band bass player who lived here for several decades. Redding's period house is being refurbished for upmarket, fully-catered rentals for groups.

This house has 2,490 sq ft of living space, with a very large (21' by 16') kitchen and two linked reception (living/sitting or dining) dining) rooms. From front to back, these rooms span about 30' by 14', so there's plenty of space.

And it has scope for four or five bedrooms - two at first floor level, in effect matching master suites at either end of the house with their own en suite bathrooms. There's a third bedroom and main bathroom also upstairs, and downstairs there's a bedroom, bathroom and another good-sized room with a large, picture window looking east to the sea by Inchydoney, and it has a fireplace.

Build and finish quality work is very high, with lots of stonework in front and to the back, there's an open, high-ceilinged hall with gallery landing, pressurised water system and septic tank, all on a site of an acre.

The patio and some other external areas are finished, but the house needs some completing: a new kitchen will be at a buyer's discretion, the house is not decorated and downstairs floors are still in a concrete state.

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