Tortuga sure to bring prospective buyers out of their shells

THE housing market might be moving at a snail’s pace, and having a house named after a tortoise mightn’t inspire confidence of a fast sale – but Tortuga could prove to be a surprisingly quick mover.

Named after the Haitian Carribbean island of Tortuga, which means Turtle or Tortoise Island, this Rochestown, Cork bungalow home is good enough to have bidders sticking their necks out of their shells for.

It was built by a German family who moved to Lower Kensington, off Coach Hill in Rochestown, about 30 year ago after years spent working in South Africa.

“After years in the Tropics, we needed light and wanted to get in water views as well,” recalls its owner, now regretfully moving to Britain to be near grown family members and brand new great-grandchildren.

When the couple moved first to Cork they bought a two-storey house at Lower Kensington, and bought extra space for a bigger garden: in short order they decided to build anew in the garden.

Architect Eddie Keating did Tortuga’s drawings for the clients, and the equally well-regarded builder Jerry O’Driscoll delivered the product, which seems as fresh today as it did 30 years ago, because of impeccable maintenance and care.

The three-bedroomed home, with about 1,600 sq ft of space and a great bright living area, is new to market with agent Dominic Daly, who seeks offers around €600,000 for the privately-set house on a sloping, well-matured site.

The best perch of all is to the front right hand side, where a 20’ by 13’ living room opens via an arch to a 12’ by 11’ dining room. That eating space in turn has a serving hatch to the kitchen midships behind.

Quality of build is evident throughout, and the main living area is washed in light thanks to its big bay window. There’s a favourite seating area here which gives views down to Harty’s Quay, Lough Mahon, and beyond over Mayfield/Glanrmire to Sarsfield’s Court.

Tortuga is built on a hillside site, which means a slope and steps up to the front door, but for any new owners looking at trading down in the Rochestown hinterland to this spot, and worrying about mobility, there’s a level path to the door from the side garage area to the left.

Accommodation overall takes in porch, hall, utility, main bathroom, three bedrooms all with built-ins and one en suite, and the aforementioned living/dining rooms and kitchen/breakfast area.

The gardens are colourful, very well kept with some exotic planting and have different levels and seating spaces, with a rear boiler house and wooden storage shed.

Tortuga’s a walk-in job, at whatever pace you like to take it.

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