Starter home: Owenahincha, West Cork €159,000

Tommy Barker says this holiday home in west Cork’s Owenahincha has its own unique charm and a wonderfully warming wood-burning stove.

Starter home: Owenahincha, West Cork €159,000

Sq m 109 (1,165 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


THERE’S a decor standard often seen in holiday homes done in a development: very often, there’s a rental sameness to the decor, but that’s not the case at 9 Sandycove Beach Villas, in West Cork’s Owenahincha.

The scheme of 24 holiday homes was built in the early 2000s by developers Frinailla at the same time as similar schemes like Cois Farraige went to market, and key attractions were the proximity to the two Blue Flag beaches, Rosscarbery, Warren Strand and walks.

There have been persistent hopes of a return to beach glory days at Owenhincaha, which took a dip after its hotels took a dive, and the past few months has seen the first tentative steps of improvement.

There are hopes of a price pick-up too among the owners of properties like end-of-terrace No 9 Sandycove Beach Villas, which comes to market with Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill with a €159,000 price guide, and is quite probably one of the best in the scheme.

The Price Register shows the highest price paid for one of these villas in the past few years was €109,000, paid in 2014 for No 14, while No 15 sold this year for €100,000, having also been put to market in 2011 guiding at €179,000.

Prices went as low as €62,000 and €70,000 for other resales — surely the best value for West Cork beach sales during the downturn, particularly if the area continues its slow renewal.

No 9 in the gated development of two dozen homes, built with communal play facilities, has over 1,160 sq ft, with attractive living space and a wood-burning stove inset into a fireplace will bring warming cheer any day on return from beach, cliff or woodland walk (when first sold, the houses here had Gold Shield electric heating.)

Decor levels are high and one of the three bedrooms is en suite.

VERDICT: Close to the sea

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