A beautiful berth for this home with a view

Tommy Barker explores a modern three-bed bungalow with views over a picturesque part of the Cork coast — just 20km from the city

A beautiful berth for this home with a view

Tommy Barker explores a modern three-bed bungalow with views over a picturesque part of the Cork coast — just 20km from the city

THE strip called Coast Road, between Fountainstown and Myrtleville beaches in Co Cork, is having quite the moment: houses up on this seaside grand circle with any sort of ocean vista, are selling for pretty big bucks, now that recession is receding from view, if not from memory.

The Price Register shows two sales over the €800,000 mark in Fountainstown — both modern one-offs — in the last couple of years.

Camross, close to the water’s edge by Fountainstown, featured here when it came to market with Savills, and sold in 2016 for €805,000.

Late last year, the sale result of another contemporary home nearby, called Radharc, also surfaced on the register, at €850,000, having launched last spring at €895,000.

Even more interesting was the arrival of a sweetly- situated beauty, Atlantic House, overlooking Poulgorm at Myrtleville, on the Price Register just last month.

Relocated to a stunning vantage point overlooking the mouth of Cork harbour and Roches Point, Atlantic House had been built for the Great Exhibition in Cork, at the very start of the 20th century and — as it was timber framed —sensibly was dismantled, repositioned, and repurposed after the exhibition closed.

The century-plus old Atlantic House came up for sale in 2016, and sold swiftly then, for a very strong €680,000, bought by a person with local roots, and has since been resold, off-market, for a tidy profit at €740,000.

In a somewhat more affordable price bracket now is Ivernia, a more modern and new-to-market arrival on a half-acre site with mature gardens, via estate agents Florence Gabriel and Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald.

The three-bedroomed, about 1,580 sq ft bungalow is priced on launch at €485,000, and has an expanse of ocean and shoreline views, set on the upper/inland side of the Coast Road.

It has a winding drive cutting through mature gardens, and is effectively in two wings, one to the front — with living areas here at the ‘bow’, for the views — and the three bedrooms are to the ‘stern.’

Ivernia had previously been on the market in 2016 with other agents, guiding €460,000, and it appears on the register in February of this year as having sold subsequently at €425,000, with some brightening up work carried out under the new ownership.

It has two sea-facing reception rooms, one with a fireplace, a kitchen/diner with Stanley range cooker, and a gable end conservatory, with triple aspect and yet more, unavoidable sea views (the main picture above shows the yachts in action as viewed from the Coast Road during the 2018 Volvo Cork Week).

In addition there are three bedrooms, with built-ins, WC, and main bathroom.

Also on the sloping, private site which backs into farmland is a detached garage.

VERDICT: A location that used to be considered primarily for holiday, now very much a full-time option for families, retirees and returnees.

Fountainstown, Cork €485,000

Size: 146 sq m (1,581 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER: D2

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