Well above par: Putting green and basement gym in Cork house sale

There's more than first meets the eye at the large, private home at 25 Heatherfield

Well above par: Putting green and basement gym in Cork house sale
  • Waterfall, Cork. €775,000
  • Size: 230 sq m (2,460 sq ft) + 110 sq m (1,170 sq ft) basement
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • BER: Pending

There's more than first meets the eye at the large, private home at 25 Heatherfield — apart from the extra large site, and the golf putting green, and the treehouse and the double garage, there’s a full and proper basement level, with a further 1,200 sq ft of useful living/play space, equivalent to the size of a three-bed semi-d, all hidden away.

That extra 1,200 sq ft comes on top of (or, more properly, underfoot of) the main living and sleeping accommodation of 2,460 sq ft over the top two levels, in what’s otherwise a quite standard layout of this airy, Fleming Construction home, in Cork’s Waterfall.

The mid-2000s development of 57 broadly similar-looking, brick and render detacheds built with a then-innovative steel-frame construction process, put Waterfall even more on the house hunting map of traders-up in Cork’s western suburbs, given the difficulty of getting planning locally for one-offs and its proximity to Bishopstown, the CUH and major road linkages south and west of the city.

A very small handful of Heatherfield houses, mainly to front and very back of the scheme, made alterations, or got larger sites, and No 25’s one of that elite, on 0.34 of an acre.

It’s been in the same ownership from day-one, has done the family rearing tasks, and is now for sale.

It’s price guided at €775,000 by estate agent Niall Cahalane of Cahalane Skuse, who were the initial selling agents day-one, and he’s now back to see how much the scheme and this spacious site, have all greened in, around its central, mounded, Tellytubby-like green areas.

The owners have been in the hospitality and entertainment business, and got involved at the pre-construction phase, hence the basement possibility. That expertise has spilled over into the high level of finishes throughout, while much of the rooms’ interior wall panelling, and colours, are both distinctive and successfully hospitable-looking.

Small wonder auctioneer Niall Cahalane describes No 25 as “ an exclusive, luxurious manor-style home.”

One of the five first floor, well-dressed bedrooms has been used as a dressing room/robe, and the master bedroom is en suite with further walk-in robes, and the main family bathroom is five-piece, with jetted bath and separate shower.

At ground, there’s a main reception room, home office/study also to the front, airy central hall that’s 22’ by 11’, and behind is the home’s 36’ by 17’ main focus and hearth, a kitchen/diner/family room, with Shaker style units, island with integrated oven under counter, no less than 26 power points, and double door access to the back, to the patio/terrace, lawns and landscaping, and the novel putting green.

Anyone into golf, or sports, or exercise, can go further, if they dig down a bit as the basement can be set up for golf drive practise in front of a big screen, and this lower-most level has windows in all rooms and uses described lobby, games room/gym, study, guest WC and a laundry room.

At the €775k asking price level, and with its extra underneath rooms as well as the extra site size, plus the double garage (c 20’ by 20’) , it’s gauged at a higher point than previous and recent Heatherfield homes, but it is quite a one-off, despite its similar-looking facade.

The Price Register shows resales from €500,000 up to €680,000 for No 1 Heatherfield, and No 4 went to market earlier this year, in excellent order, guiding €650,000.

After the 57-houses scheme in two sections finished out, the original developers Flemings moved on to the adjacent Waterfall village site, EarlsWell, where they started building large, more contemporary-style detacheds, including one quite barn-like with a curved red steel roof. But, EarlsWell’s timing came a cropper with ‘the crash.’

It got a ‘second wind’ since 2016, in the hands of receivers and Nama, with 11 EarlsWell sales since, at prices from €595,000 right up to €910,000 for a former showhouse.

The balance of EarlsWell land, about 16.6 acres, went up for sale this past week with Savills, guiding €2.1m for Nama/RSM, with full planning for 28 more detacheds, from 2,550 sq ft to 3,143 sq ft, on large sites ranging from a quarter to a half acre.

VERDICT: The wind is back in Waterfall sales.

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