Advertised as an executor sale in these pages just two weeks ago, the phones started ringing straight away, from the Saturday morning, says Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarthy auctioneers (instructed by Kevin O’Flynn of Wolfe and Co solicitors.) Bids followed almost as swiftly afterwards.
The guide price for the older style, flat-roofed home is about €400,000 and it is already tipping away above that sum. The reason? The site and setting, of course.
The cove is a niche setting a short haul around the bay or harbour from the pier, looking back towards the west Cork village’s jewel-setting, pier and pontoons, and cul-de-sac roads lead on to the landmark, milk-bottle-shaped Beacon high above the harbour mouth facing Sherkin Island.
Fairwind is a pleasant two-bedromed, almost chalet-like home on a quarter of an acre, with colourful lawns and abundant hydrangeas almost as a prelude to the scene-stealing water and marine views. With a strong appeal to the affluent, water-sports set that favour Baltimore as a holiday port of call, Fairwind is a good platform for a new owner to plonk down roots and anchor at, and perhaps then to work towards a grander house to justify the site/property expenditure.
The village is an easy walk, bathing and boating options are almost on the doorstep, and Cork city and airport (and the office for summer salad days commuters?) is a manageable 90-minute or so drive away.