Harbour scheme will make Knockane a sure-fire bet

A €30 MILLION waterside site swoop by developers Howard Holdings is going to make Passage West in Cork harbour, prime and pretty once more.

Just watch the knock-on property market effect as their €200 million plan for the town’s current eyesore gets into gear over the next few years.

The tide has turned for quality development in the harbour spot: big houses are making 2 million a pop in private sales at the grounds of Horsehead House; IFI and Irish Steel’s closures have cleansed the air, more boats bob in the water and developers like O’Brien and O’Flynn are active just on the city side, building over 500 new homes.

So who’s up for a recently-built large, detached home with a design that redeems the oft-abused description ‘dormer?

Knockane, up above the town at Beechcourt, Pembroke, is a family five-bed, with three bathrooms and quality living space, all on a large and elevated acre site with views that includes shipping, boating — and building.

Selling agent for Knockane is Hugh McPhillips of Marshs, who seeks €970,000 for the quality-built, stone-faced, double bay and slate-roofed home.

In addition to the main dwelling is a particularly large detached two-storey garage, in effect another house, but used to house the vendor’s car collection.

Money has been spent inside as well as out, and externally this can be seen in the ornamental gardens and patios, as well as the 20 sq ft elevated barbecue deck area. Rooms internally include hall, lounge with bay window and window seat, a TV room/dining room, with French double doors to a conservatory, and a kitchen/breakfast area with oak units and integrated appliances.

There’s also a utility room, ground-floor bathroom with jacuzzi, and two or three bedrooms — one with en suite, another which could be used as an office.

Overhead are two more bedrooms, one with window seat and en suite, the other with plumbing provision for a loo. There is another separate bathroom and this level also has access to a balcony.

The property also sports dog kennels and sheds.

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