AN object lesson in how to present your house for sale — that’s Cushla, at Coolflugh, Tower.
Located just off the main drag of this mid-Cork village, it’s a sturdy, two-storey house which had space and a very good site when purchased by the owners some time ago.
Now, it’s practically a showhouse, having been taken apart and put back together again.
The fairly plain exterior belies the exuberance of the inside where modern wallpaper, strong colours and an immaculate finish combine to create a great family home. There are the new, glazed oak doors on the ground floor, gleaming porcelain kitchen floors, a royal purple stair carpet, set off by a huge window, and two immaculate living rooms.
Best of all, the square, lawned and utterly private back garden is a haven for children and adults.
And there are extras like the huge deck with its four-person hot tub, the electronic gates and high hedges screening the house and the state of the art kitchen.
This is a property where you pay the money and won’t spend anymore, where curtains cost thousands and where the wide picture windows flood the interior with light.
The design makes upstairs as good as downstairs and provides four double bedrooms with a couple of bathrooms and a ground floor guest room.
And even though it’s right in the centre of Tower village, it’s a very private house, screened all round from the neighbours and secured from the road.
The location is also good, set as it is on the boundary of local ‘millionaires row’, where large houses on large sites overlook the leafy setting of Muskerry Golf Club.
And then, it’s just a walk to the new and old village centre with its shops, doctor’s and dentist’s surgery, chemist and landmark local pub — as well as a Thai restaurant.
At the guide of €650,000 the house is good value when you consider local comparisons and its site of a third of an acre.
Further up the Shournagh Road, at Kerry Pike, D&J builders are putting the finishing touches to the Mitchell’s Court housing scheme.
Prices were pencilled in to start at roughly €800,000, and despite the current climate, that could rise somewhat because of the rarity of the location and the quality of the house styles — and more particularly, demand.
In contrast, stand-alone Cushla is a good buy, especially for those commuting to the hospitals and institutions on the western side of Cork city, which is strangled development-wise by the green belt policy.
There is huge demand for upper level houses in the greater west area, and Tower fits the bill nicely as it’s just a 10-minute drive from UCC, CIT and CUH.
Cushla offers a full-length kitchen at one side of the entrance hallway — a high-end affair with off-white units and marble worktop with a range of modern appliances. At the opposite side are two reception rooms, each with it’s own style, but both very comfortable and superbly finished.
The guest bathroom is at the end of the long hallway where the staircase rises to the first floor. The huge window on the landing was put in place as part of the vendor’s structural changes — it took two goes to get right, but hits the mark decoratively. It also spills light upstairs and down.
The master bedroom is en suite and the main bathroom is very big, with a corner bath.
The second double room has a light theme, with white units and the third double room has mirrored sliding robes, while the last bedroom is finished with murals — perfect for children.
Well worth a look for trader-uppers, Cushla is new to the market with the relatively new firm of Humphrey Hogan and Associates.