Sharp and stylish contemporary living

WHOEVER gets their hands on 13, Monkstown Castle Demesne in Cork will be in luck - the wood-clad home in a mature woodland setting is a design statement.

The contemporary home with almost 4,000 sq ft of space was built within the last five years and has made the pages of glossy interior magazines like House and Home.

Now, it is up for sale.

Water features in different ways and waves run throughout no 13: a stream running through the grounds was, for example, channelled along the side of the house, and makes for a water bridge between the five-bed residence and the indoor heated swimming pool.

In addition, there’s also an underfloor fishtank alongside, with glass top, and you have to almost walk on water over the toughened glass to get from the house to the pool.

Cedar-clad no 13, which is also timber-framed in its construction, hits the market with a €1 million price guide quoted by Peter Cave of Hamilton Osborne King.

Other houses here in this sensitively developed scheme of serviced sites have come up for sale in the last year with €800/€900,000 price guides, and several homes here in the woods above Monkstown and the harbour (and close to the 18-hole golf course) are clearly in the €1 million-plus league.

No 13 was designed by architect Conor O’Sullivan of COSA, for a family keen on hi-tech gadgetry, so the house is fully wired for current and future IT needs, it has an alarm and CCTV, plus a sophisticated hi-fi CD set up and is virtually wired for sound throughout.

Even the swimming pool in the 38’ by 25’ pool room gets in on the picture: it has a drop-down screen for projected TV and DVD images.

Design features spin off the large and open L-shaped and mono-pitch roofs of the main residence, with a mellow brick used at lower level plus lots and lots of cedar cladding at the upper deck and beyond.

All five first floor bedrooms have access to decked balconies (and some have lofted play areas with ladder access) and the lower level has six access points to the garden - handy, because the site encourages an interplay between indoor and outdoor living.

There’s an open link between the ground level dining room and the 22’ by 19’ lounge, with a shared fireplace between them, there’s also a play room, conservatory/gym, a surprisingly-traditional looking kitchen with beech units made from a storm-felled tree on the site, and a glazed entrance foyer plus utility room.

The main bedroom has a dressing room and en suite bathroom, plus fireplace and maple floor, and it has access to the external wrap-around balcony. All of the bedrooms have high pitched ceilings, sloping upwards to a 16’ height, and even downstairs ceilings are higher than standard.

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