ALK about peak value — a 1,740 sq ft dormer home, with good living areas and a sunroom, on a rural acre-and-a-half, is for sale for €260,000 at Peake, Cochford: that’s the sort of price tag that many first-time buyers can currently reach — once they’re mortgage-approved by their banks, and able to buy swiftly.
This house’s name is almost ironic: it’s called Rock View, and guess what’s in the back garden, right behind the house and detached garage? Yep, a big, rocky outcrop. What you see is what you get.
This spotless, three-bed home, a few miles from Coachford above the Lee Valley, is new to market with agent Norma Healy, of Sherry FitzGerald, who says that it’s eight miles from Ballincollig, where the current crop of IT-related firms are driving housing demand.
She notes “people are well-prepared to go a few extra miles out of Cork City to get space for a family.”
Separately, this weekend Ms Healy also starts open viewings at an older-style, 1,600 sq ft bungalow, called Venner at Aherla: Venner is on a half-acre with a pond, is priced at €290,000, and she reckons that she will be swamped with interest and early bidding from today.
For those who want even more space and bang for their buck, Rock View, beyond Coachford, could fit their bill and budgets.
It was built 16 years ago, by a family with children then active in their teenage years.
Now, those adult children have moved out, and the empty-nest couple plan to move back closer to the city, to Ballincollig - and to their offspring.
It has lots of solid oak-flooring at ground level, in the well-finished sun-room with wood-sheeted ceilings, in the dining room and in the living room, also. This living room has a smart, wood-burning stove inset into the traditional fireplace, and it’s been plumbed into the heating system as a dual-fuel option.
It’s a hip-roofed home, with three dormers to the front, and one of the three upstairs bedrooms has a bathroom en suite, and most have built-in or mirrored robes.
Since built in 1999, walls have been pumped with extra insulation, the attic insulation has been upgraded with Kingspan, windows are double-glazed and there’s an alarm.
Outside, a garage was added ten years ago, there’s garden lighting and there’s a good outdoor area for BBQs and view-taking. The rocky outcrop could take some imaginative planting to make a real feature of it, and Griffin’s Garden Centre, in nearby Dripsey, will cater for budding horticulturalists.
There’s plenty of space at Rock View for animal lovers and hobbyists, too: there’s a small boat in the grounds (looking like a mini-Ark, here on a height against the rocky backdrop at Peake), and Cork’s reservoirs and necklace of lakes beneath Coachford are popular with anglers, sailors, and rowers, with the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods.
Rural, but not to remote, Peake Coachford is an easy enough strike out to places like Ballincollig, Macroom and to Mallow.