Moving with the modern times

Tommy Barker reports on a ’70s home which has had a millennial make-over on the urban/rural divide

Moving with the modern times

Clogheen, Cork - €545,000

Size: 269 sq m (2,878 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


Tommy Barker reports on a ’70s home which has had a millennial make-over on the urban/rural divide

THE 1970s have been left far, far behind, after a full top to toe makeover and investment in this large, family bungalow home called Eiscir.

Set out on the Clogheen Road, running along the shoulder hill north of Cork’s Lee Road out to Kerry Pike, Eiscir is one of a few dozen varied detached homes, either side of this route, set just past the turn for the old Blarney Road, and their individual house designs very much tend to reflect the decade the various homes were built in.

Eiscir, sort of mid way along the run and roadside ribbon of residential development, is a hard one now to date.

First, it’s relatively unseen from the road itself, as it’s set quite far back on its private c 0.5 acre site.

Also confusing the picture somewhat is the relative modernity of the design, with its deep bay windows to the front, contrasting with the maturity of the site’s boundary trees.

The resoluton of this ‘dating game’ is to realise this was originally a 1975-built home, one that when it was 30 years old, got a quite the turnaround when resold in 2005. Its then buyers totally remodelled and updated and extended it, and now it’s a bit of a whopper, with a very substantial ground level floor plate in particular, and stretches to 2,878 sq ft as a result, topped off by a long dormer attic level with play room, and storage.

Oh, and there’s also a home office, by the master bedroom suite, which has a mezzanine under a pitched roof, reached via a spiral stairs; plus there’s a wood-burning stove in this private home/work retreat, with external access, separate to the suite’s walk’thru wardrobe and en suite bathroom.

Eiscir’s now for sale, guided at €545,000 by estate agent John Barry, of Frank V Murphy & Associates, who says it’s got a mix of country setting and city living convenience.

Apple’s constantly expanding Cork HQ is only a mile or so away at Hollyhill, and also easily reached are the city beyond, Blarney and Ballincollig, with its own employment hub.

Eiscir faces south, with parking for up to a half a dozen cars, says Mr Barry, and internally it’s very accommodating for its inhabitants.

Rooms include a limestone floored hall, a large 20’ by 15’ living room with side patio access, a stove, and the room links also to a front, triple aspect sun room.

There’s also a TV room, utility, main family bathroom, and the modern, pièce de résistance is the extended kitchen/dining wing, with high, vaulted ceilings with roof lights, quality contemporary units, and centre island with marble worktops: there’s feature, room part-divide too, with double aspect solid fuel stove.

All finishes are good, solar panels provide all hot water needs, the BER is a soild C2, heating is oil-fired, and an alarm is fitted.

Externally, there are patios on three sides, for sun at various times of the day, mature grounds and boundary, shed and dog run.

VERDICT: Having moved with the times, Eiscir’s well conceived, and delivered, inside and out.

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