House of the week

Quality will out, and it shines through in Moorpark, a classic villa-style bungalow with sea and Ringabella views in Cork’s Fountainstown.

Coming to market with impeccable timing — there’s 1,000 sailors on the waters of Cork harbour for Cork Week 2012 from today — its enduring appeal is down to design almost as much as to its spectacular site. Moorpark shows the benefits of using a good architect from the get-go: it’s a bit of a time-piece capsule, as well as a seaside gem.

Despite being dated — or because of it — it’s got so much right going for it, starting with huge charm, and good bones.

Half an hour or so from Cork city beyond Crosshaven and Carrigaline, it looks out to sea to the left, to Ringabella directly in front view, and to the beach at Fountainstown to the right.

On a third of an acre site, it has 2,500 sq ft of space internally, with four double bedrooms and a basement.

The architect was local man James Rupert Edward Boyd Barrett, who in a 50-year career designed four Cork and 10 Kerry churches, and was conferred with the Knighthood of the Order of St Sylvester in 1963 for his services to ecclesiastical architecture. He also designed the Department of Industry and Commerce in Dublin’s Kildare Street.

It was built just before WW11, a sort of classic time for second home building around Crosshaven and Cork harbour in general, this is a house that clearly has stood the test of time, and now its decor smacks of the ’50s and 60s, while finishes inside like terrazzo, sandstone fireplace, wood-block floors and parana pine ceilings speak of the mid-1900s. Its small, French clay roof tiles are very 1930s, and much favoured by Cork’s architects of the day. Selling agent is Roy Dennehy in Carrigaline. He has an asking price of €475,000.

Moorpark’s one-third acre site is tiered, with good parking and garage above, next up is the house with classic deep, house-long terrace in front of its bay windows, and then the gardens fall away beneath. Inside, it has a 26’ by 14’ sitting room with views, a dining room also with Ringabella bay views, dated kitchen/dining room with Murray-style kitchen, marmoleum floor and a serving hatch to the dining room, plus guest WC and cloakroom, utility, and bathroom plus WC: the house’s layout will easily facilitate putting in an en suite bathroom or two for new owners, suggests Mr Dennehy. Also right now, one of the bedrooms has what he describes as a ‘swing hatch’ to the basement area and large recessed single and double wardrobes with swing access hatch to the basement area. Hop around outside, and this great mix has a flagstone terrace with enclosed balcony and a front heavily landscaped and mature, with fruit trees, shrubs, etc.. There’s a large 21’ by 18’ garage/dinghy store, good parking and turing spaces, boiler house for the oil burner, outhouses, glasshouse, shed and easy access to the sea front.

VERDICT: Every day could be a holiday.

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