French’s Walk home has swimming pool

COBH is noted for the finery of its Victoria architecture and intact terraces, but not everything in the Cork harbour town dates to the mid-1800s.

Case in point is this French's Walk family home, just beyond the town on the sought-after Cuskinny side heading towards Marlogue. It is pure mid to late 1900s, with flat roof, car port, extensive terraced balconies, sea views and an indoor swimming pool.

Home since the day it was built for the local Commodore Hotel owning family the O'Sheas, it is a quality detached four-bed home in a hugely popular part of the town, with that essential attribute expansive harbour views.

On the market with Liz Hannon of English Auctioneers in the town, it has a €750,000 price guide and so she pitches it as "an executive home."

It has its four bedrooms (one en suite) at the lower level, and this is where the 35' by 26' swimming pool room, gym and sauna is also located.

Rooms at the upper level include a large hall and stairs down to the sleeping, gym and swimming quarters, a 21' by 21' lounge with home bar and floor to ceiling glazing, a dining room with balcony access, kitchen with south facing views and windows, utility, rear hall and guest WC.

The house has been well maintained, but decoratively it definitely reflects its '70s vintage, and so in new ownership is likely to get a modernising make-over.

But, the good news for buyers is that retro is back in fashion, and the contemporary architecture can give a subtle updating twist to just this style of bright and open home. As it stands it has oil heating, double glazing and mature lawned gardens, so changes can be kept at an affordable decorative level if needs be.

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