A quality finish and loads of space in this Carrigaline home

IT’S just one more step up, an extra €100k or so, for local Carrigaline estate agent Michael Pigott over his recent dozen or so trading up sales in his beat of Cork’s satellite town.
A quality finish and loads of space in this Carrigaline home

Carrigaline, Cork €585,000

Sq m 252 (2,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 4/5


Best Feature: Bright and shining 

Mr Pigott has finished the sale of twelve A-rated new detached homes at Kilmoney Woods for developer Dave Walsh of Rockforest Homes, with prices finishing up at €475,000 for these quality builds.

Rockforest is now firing on all cylinders with one-offs, estate completions and niche schemes all around Cork, partly funded by the successful sales at Carrigaline when they took over a Dave Dwyer development of 2,000-plus sq ft detacheds.

Buyers at Kilmoney Woods were traders-up, from a wide background, including relocaters to the Cork region from abroad and up country, as well as from the Cork harbour and Kinsale pharma sector.

Now, Mr Pigott seeks offers of €585,000 — a significant jump of over €100k more — for a one-off, No 17 The Monks, in another Kilmoney setting.

This was built initially in the early 2000s and was extended about eight year ago to the back with a sun room opening to existing rear rooms. Now, the two-storey home packs quite a punch: it’s 2,700 sq ft, with six bedrooms, and lots of living space to match.

As the aspect back here is southerly — “it’s a real sun-trap, it works so well,” notes the agent, and he calculates the site’s area to be about a quarter acre.

No 17’s setting is by a curve in the development of what was serviced sites, so there’s a section behind that narrows, and then squares off or opens out again.

It also gets a B3 BER, pretty good for a house with its original section built around 2002. Inside, it’s very well decorated, with flair in the choice of wallpapers and finishes.

Entry is at a marble-tiled hall, with feature brick side wall, and stairs opposite to a wide, first floor circulation/part-gallery landing.

The front has a good drawing room, a play room and a study, and towards the back is a 24’ by 12’ kitchen/casual dining room, with arched opening to a more set-apart dining room.

There’s wide access to the south-facing 20’ by 10’ sun room, which has a walnut floor and wood-burning stove, and tucked away at the far end of the kitchen is a utility room, with WC.

Upstairs, all of the six bedrooms have individual decor personalities and good finishes, two are en suite, and the master bedroom also has a dressing room. And, there’s a separate shower room and main family bathroom, so plumbing provision is generous.

VERDICT: Carrigaline’s trading-up market has consolidated and grown in past two years

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