This estate, with views over Cork harbour, was built by Coleman Brothers, who included an integrated conservatory in the original specifications, an extra which gives huge impact and is a strong selling point.
Secondly, they built the estate on a greenfield site in Blackrock only minutes from the Mahon Point Shopping Centre and the South Ring network. It’s also well served by two bus routes — one to the city centre and the other via Douglas/Cork University Hospital/CIT.
At 20 Castle Meadows, the owners have added a touch of Africa to the cool, modern styling. Really good fittings lift this semi into a higher bracket, even though it hits the market at €350,000 through Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald.
It’s a larger than average house with a light-filled living room and an attractively tiled kitchen/diner. This is a big space, with the kitchen fitted in sleek maple, with black worktops, stainless steel fittings and two breakfast bars.
Then there’s the open plan dining area with wall-to-wall bookshelves (this is well worth copying — books are furniture) adjacent to the conservatory. With access through sliding doors, this room has a polycarbonate roof and is flooded with light. Small wonder it’s used as a study/office — again, it has comprehensive shelving.
In a Mediterranean touch, the block walls surrounding the back garden are painted in a strong blue and it’s very secure for children: it’s also a generous space and comes with a garden shed.
Ash joinery is used in all the doors and the staircase is panelled in pine, which disguises the downstairs bathroom and storage cupboard.
The bright landing has a simple but chic bathroom, and the master bedroom has modern fittings in the en suite. All the bedrooms have ample fitted wardrobes and there’s easy access to the attic with a pull-down stairs. The upper floors have laminate flooring and the decor is low-key but stylish.