This property in Monkstown, Cork has a bedroom the size of a city flat

The 5,000 sq ft ‘Buncoille’, in Monkstown, has a master bedroom the size of a city flat, says Tommy Barker.

This property in Monkstown, Cork has a bedroom the size of a city flat

NOT yet a decade old: it was built at the height of the Celtic Tiger, when the euros were burning bright.

In just about every way, this rangy, big and airy Monkstown home is a child of those times, and is now for sale — with all of its gadget and gizmos and space — for way under what it must have cost to build and finish. It’s a corporate-level house, no mistake.

Example? Its master-bedroom suite is over 800 sq ft, with penthouse-like shower-room/washroom and dressing room: this suite alone is the size of a good two-bed city apartment, and there’s still 4,200 sq ft of house left over, plus a 520 sq ft double garage for the German-marque executive cars and toys.

Priced at €950,000 by estate agent, Malcolm Tyrrell, of Cohalan Downing, Buncoille is a sturdily-built, five-bedroomed home on a 0.4-acre plot, overlooking Rafeen Creek and the Pfizer plant sport’s amenities. It has 5,000 sq ft of high-end interiors and six bathrooms, all to a uniformly high tile-and-sanitary ware specification.

It ticks all the must-have boxes of the era in which it was commissioned and built, and not just on the size front. It comes with triple-glazing, underfloor heating, hardwood, marble and porcelain tile floors, softened in spots by silk curtains and soft carpets upstairs; a gleaming kitchen and a plant room.

And it has an impressive B2 BER, so it may not cost a fortune to run, heat and power.

Finished in 2006 and built by an individual with a development/business background, Buncoille has been earning its keep for most of the past decade as a corporate let, leased to someone from overseas, who is working in Cork’s pharma sector.

With that exec’s departure, it’s now for sale and has started early viewings, in a shoulder-selling season that has seemingly just hit a sudden supply ‘stop’ this month. So, while supply of good and new stock seems out of steam until the new year, it is the individual arrivals, like Buncoille, that will reap viewing interest and activity.

It takes time to wander around this home, which is unadorned, at present, by the absence of furniture and ornaments. So, the definite scene-setter/stealer is the double-height, open-plan 23’ by 14’ living area, with overhead mezzanine/landing and plain-glass balusters topped with walnut handrails.

This huge space has a bank of roof windows in the dormer/ceiling’s slope, and a wall of glass, with patio access beneath, while a feature light-fitting of a casacade of bulbs snakes halfway down from the centre of the room’s 20’-plus ceiling height.

In fact, quite a sizeable budget went on lighting alone, with another contemporary chandelier over the walnut and stainless-steel spindle stairs, leading to the upper floor, itself spread out on an immense, concrete slab.

Two of Buncoille’s five bedrooms are at ground-level, and all five are en-suite, plus there is a family bathroom.

The main ground-floor is relatively open-plan, with limestone walls and glass partitions part-screening the entry hall from the main, 23’ by 14’ living/entertaining room, while the more traditional drawing rooms are more of a square affair, at 23’ by 22’, with wide, gas-insert contemporary fireplace, and a 22’ by 16’ family room alongside.

This is a home built for entertaining, and the kitchen’s going to deliver with aplomb. Built by David Kiely, Carrigaline, it’s all sleek, gleaming gloss units, several notches above the norm, with thick-white Corian worktop, and a central island the size of a small landmass, or large raft.

Larder presses are wall-mounted and seem to hover a couple of feet off the ground — who needs floor-to-ceiling storage, when you have acres of space?

Appliances are top-drawer, from Neff, Fisher and Paykel, Faber and Liebherr, with Bosch in the laundry/utility room. Architect for Buncoille was Pat Cashman, Midleton, and he kept the house’s approach facade deliberately discreet, with small windows to the north, and more expansive glazing to the south, for light and the views.

Heating is via gas, internal doors are solid-oak, and the house itself is midway on its 0.4-acre plot, one of a half-dozen big one-offs on similar-sized sites in a cul de sac a mile or so from Monkstown.

Access is controlled by electric gates, and the site is more landscaped around the approach side, and adjacent double garage, than on the rear portion.

A conifer by the house’s front door appears custom-shaped for welcoming Christmas, make a wish.

VERDICT: Budget not spared at the time of building.

Monkstown, Cork harbour


Sq m 465 (5,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 6


Best Feature: High-end

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