“IF they could move it to Dublin, they would, the vendors love this home.” So says estate agent Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarthy & Co in Skibbereen about 5, New Road Baltimore, a modern home which she last sold about five years ago to the current occupants.
No 5 has been a full time residence for the family, who hail from the locality, but now a change of jobs and direction sees them swapping the West Cork coastline for the east coast, and the capital, where the €875,000 or so that they hope to get for this will buy a decent south city semi-d — or a D4 red brick of half the size.
At 3,400 sq ft, No 5 is no scant home, in anyone’s book. It’s one of those large, muscular one-offs on the New Road, or bypass, a hilly climb which spirits away traffic from the West Cork village’s shops and bars, pier, ferries and boat berths, and is as suitable for high-end holiday home as for full-time occupation.
In fact, No 5 was initially built for holiday home use, but went to ‘permanent’ occupancy after 2010, when the Price Register shows it fetched €717,000.
That makes it one of the strongest sales in Baltimore in the last half-decade: in fact, the next dearest sale recorded was €600,000 for the White House at The Cove, Baltimore, in 2013.
Right now, the only more expensive Baltimore property is a set-up called Sydney, an even larger detached home with two cottages on 0.75 of an acre, guided at €1.4 million by McCarthys, jointly with Savills.
Despite being a late season market arrival, No 5 New Road is getting initial viewings, from near and far, and more are being booked in for the schools’ mid-term. With four bedrooms, and good living areas, it’s a family home par excellence, says Maeve McCarthy.
“There’s a lovely balance and flow of space around the rooms, it’s a very well designed house,” she observes, and the icing on top is the views over the harbour, and out towards Sherkin Island and a clutch of Carbery’s 100 Isles and assorted inlets around Ringarogy.
Dormer in outline, and stone fronted, it had the input of an architect in its design and interior layout, with a feature, super-bright double-height entrance hall, and rooms off it flexible in their uses.
The current balance sees four bedrooms, and four reception rooms, with pleasant proportions and an open-plan kitchen/dining area forming the heart of the home, says the agent, noting “a family can really spread out and enjoy their own space here”.
The front of this house has a central 23’ by 19’ living room with white stone fireplace, balanced on one side with a sun room and by a family room on the other, behind, and reached from the hall or main living space.
Floors in most downstairs rooms are quality Kahrs oak, and oak is used too in the stairs, while the kitchen (with granite topped units), hall and porch have polished stone tiles on the floors.
Also at ground level is a utility and bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, while overhead two of the four bedrooms have en suites, one has a dressing room and there’s a shower room next to the remaining two bedrooms.
Externally, the house is faced in sandstone with a part-slated gable to a sun room, and with wood-grain effect glazing. No 5 is set above the New Road, on a landscaped site of almost one-third of an acre and the grounds include a 450 sq ft detached garage, with kitchenette and power shower.
Baltimore has bounced back - and has the boats afloat in the harbour to prove it.