This area of Glanmire was the centre of a large, flax and cotton milling industry at one time and the land on which these house are built, The Bleach, was the place where the fibres were laid out to bleach in the sun.
The sensitivity to place is seen in the quality of the finished product, too. Finbarr Tierney has gone for a high-end produce with boutique hotel finish. Each unit has 1,650 sq ft, but the bedroom count is kept low at three, which means that rooms are extra-big. Underfloor heating means that glistening marble tiles can be used throughout the reception rooms with comfort and the bedrooms have solid walnut floors laid.
The houses face south over rolling countryside with St Stephen’s Hospital in the distance. This location is leafy, rural and very low density, but the city’s new road system is just minutes away.
With a split-level finish, there is a distinction between living and bedrooms, but the one common denominator is the space.
The living room is just under 20’ by 13’ and comes with French doors, (they’re pre-painted hardwood) to a patio: the room has a sleek and unusual walnut fire piece fitted. The dining room is narrow and long at 17’ by 10’ and, like all of the rooms in the house, has walnut internal joinery, including skirting and architrave.
The kitchen has a lighter touch with a wealth of cream units, complete with appliances, and a run of black granite worktops.
The master bedroom is en suite and the two remaining bedrooms are both doubles, again with a full walnut fit-out. The main bathroom, however is a bit special, with it’s thick glass wash-top, basin, tiling and fittings, it’s a fresh, contemporary space.
The houses come with oil heating with condenser boiler and solar panel back-ups.
Twomey Crowley Auctioneers, Bandon and Don Murphy and Co Glanmire are joint agents for The Bleach. They are seeking €695,000 for the property.