Four of a kind

YOU tend to climb a lot in Cobh: the east Cork town is built on a steep hillside, but has south-facing views over the wonderful, lower harbour.

Knockeven Avenue is a new scheme built on a site to the rear of Knockeven House, a rambling, early Victorian property at Rushbrooke, Cobh.

The scale of these houses is large, but the density is rather low; there are just four in a private avenue, off a boreen that snakes its way towards the top of the hill and Ballynoe.

The surroundings are typical Cobh; there are big, old houses and more modest terraces close to Knockeven Avenue and the new scheme sits into an old landscape.

There are electronic gates from the road and the houses occupy smallish sites, facing south and west.

They’re the ideal buy for families looking for a big house, but with low maintenance, especially in a town groaning with intensive-care properties — however beautiful.

So, Knockeven Avenue houses have sub-Edwardian styling and 2,500 sq ft of space, with five bedrooms apiece.

The ground floor has interconnecting living rooms at one side and a large, formal living room at the other: to the rear is a spacious kitchen with a good utility.

Houses have a builder’s finish and, as the properties have been reduced by €100,000, there are no PC sums on offer — but then, they don’t attract stamp duty, either.

Selling agents for Knockeven are Joanna Murphy and Property Partners O’Mahony Walsh and they are looking for offers in the region of €790,000 apiece for the four houses in the row.

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