Top dollar for Glanmire contemporary build

Tommy Barker looks at this spacious ‘no expense spared’ quality build with lots of light and shade.

Top dollar for Glanmire contemporary build

Glanmire, Cork €825,000

Sq m 284 (3,050 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4



f you were to think of the sort of high-end finishes and touches going into Irish houses back at the high-point of the building splurge, well, you’ll find many of them like this large family home, had everything included.

The almost cliched line ‘no expense spared’ applies— because, clearly, cash wasn’t spared.

Apart from acres of space, the best of materials, a home sauna, a space-age shower installation in the gym and a home cinema — this househas an almost industrial standard wiring box (fuse board is way too old-fashioned a term for what’s provided here) and it’s wired for almost everything. Plumbed for most things too.

Built back in 2008, via direct labour, specialist contractor input and with huge personal input from the couple who were then moving to Glanmire from Mallow, it is a high-end home of 3,000 sq ft, all very much of its time, and in as-new condition for its next owners.

It comes for sale with agent Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, who guides at €825,000, for its owners who – having met their own challenge – have decided to move for lifestyle reasons to the UK.

It’s one of nine detached homes built on individual, large sites off Church Hill, Glanmire, on a generous one-third of an acre, walled and with a garden in front, and with a back garden sloping down into woods at its back boundary.

It’s pretty private and secure, and has a swathe of sunny terrace to the back, with an overlooking balcony from the master bedroom suites, just now being fitted.

It’s a robust design, with superb craftsmanship limestone drystone wall front, and partially to the back. Cills and lintels are also cut limestone.

It means very little maintenance, and only the bare mid-front gable, topped with an apex window, shows any render.

No 2 is entered more or less in the middle of this wide and deep home, with an enormous specially-made hardwood door, with glazed side panels, and light just floods down from the apex window on high; this is one of the owners’ favourite places to sit and look out — thanks to a full-height feature mirror facing the door, with a low stone bed for real living, breathing plants at its base.

The whole house sort of radiates off this double-height hall, with two flights of stairs in evidence, the second one right up to an extra attic level, well finished and handy for lots of uses, from stores to office, play room or guest use.

It’s even got a clever cut-out section with a view right through to the very tip of the front, lofty apex window.

Working downwards, the mid level is home to a main bathroom and four bedrooms, two of them en suite, and the main or master bedroom is split level, with a high-end en suite in dark tiles, facing it is a dressing rom, and then, down five or six steps is the 15’ by 15’ sleek and minimalist bedroom, with extra high ceilings.

Lighting at every level is low-voltage, top-drawer and high-end, with tens of thousand of euros spent on fitting and fixtures, pendants, and more, sourced and supplied via specialists Wink lighting, all controlled by touch and dimmable switches.

Back down at ground level, there’s an acoustically adjusted home cinema with pull-down screen and surround, and it leads to a gym/sun-room/ therapy room, and on the far side of the house is a 24’ deep and 12’ wide sitting rooms, with steps down to a family room/reading room with extra-high ceilings.

Then, across the back of the house is a super-slick, red-glass kitchen with units by Scavolini, top appliances also, in a gleaming state, and behind is a dining room, with double height ceilings and access to a back hall and large utilty/comms room, and the second of the ground floor’s two guest WCs.

You want technology? There’s a Vent Axia whole heat- recovery system, geothermal heat pump for under-floor heating at ground floor level (special electric heaters upstairs), and windows are argon-filled Danske composite glazing, black aluminium on the outside, wood inside for a warmer look.

VERDICT: There’s no end of space and quality here, but given that it’s one of the few contemporary builds that didn’t go the ‘great, open family room’ route, room shapes and current purposes mightn’t suit everyone. It just needs repurposing - and a family in colonising occupation.

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