Waterfall, a 10-minute drive free of the Bandon Road Roundabout and Bishopstown hinterland, is a home to big, one-off houses, either by accident or planning design and there’s a lot of keeping up with the Joneses when you go to build here.
There’ll be very little status anxiety for whoever buys the ready-built Ravakeel, which carries a €1.6 million asking price via agent Niall Cahalane of Cahalane Skuse, it is or must be up there with the best of them.
It has a whopping 5,000 sq ft of space, which puts it well into the McMansion size category, and has four to five bedrooms, plus a very large top floor games room.
The general Victorian look and detailing helps take the sheer size impression off Ravakeel, with bay windows at ground level, either side of the full-height central bay; breaking the roof line also helps and having twin lofty chimney stacks up the gable give it a firm anchor too. Most rooms have sweeping rural vistas.
Recently built and never occupied (get a firm opinion on whether or not it attracts a full stamp duty) it is well back from the road, via a winding graveled drive and stone entrance pillars with electric gates.
Show-stopper inside is the staircase, a fine work of craftsmanship with turned spindles, painted white and topped with a hardwood handrail opening to a galleried landing, and the same look and finish is carried on to the second floor stairs.
The dining room has a sweeping generous-curved bay window, wood floor and marble fireplace, and French doors lead to the similar-sized living room, replete with marble fireplace.
The family room is larger again, at just under 300 sq ft, and here double doors lead on to the kitchen, plumbed for an AGA or similar range oven/stove.
The room tally also includes a family/playroom/study, pantry/utility (though there’s a fuller laundry in the detached dormer double garage,) guest WC and boiler room, while overhead all four bedrooms are en suite, two have walk-in wardrobes, and there are linen presses off the big landing, There’s also a main family bathroom, though with four en suites. There’s oil fired heating in five zones, and the system is plumbed for solar panels, with a pressurised system.