Catherine Shanahan.


Eclectic charm close to the beach in Midleton

This chic Midleton residence is close to beaches and many amenities, writes Catherine Shanahan.

Eclectic charm close to the beach in Midleton

This chic Midleton residence is close to beaches and many amenities, writes Catherine Shanahan.

The door that in most semi-Ds leads from the hallway into the sitting room has been replaced by a perfectly proportioned window which frames a gorgeously chic sitting room at Number 8 The Paddocks, Castleredmond, Midleton.

This house is all about flow.

The wall that would have separated the sitting room from the dining area has also been removed, replaced by sliding doors, which slot subtly into adjoining walls.

From the dining area, French doors lead directly onto a patio and down into the rear tiered garden, which culminates in a sun-drenched deck.

It’s the perfect ground-floor layout if you’re into the whole notion of positive chi.

Even if you’re not, it’s still a pretty perfect home, having undergone a complete refurb just two years ago, no expense spared.

The kitchen is particular evidence of this — bespoke units overlaid with solid wood worktops and painted with the refined sophistication of Farrow and Ball.

Selling agent Adrianna Hegarty of Hegarty Properties describes the interior as “chic, bright and tasteful”, but there’s also a certain edginess, thanks to numerous quirky and original artworks.

The owner tells me she “loves doing up interiors, it’s like a disease”.

“I’m constantly purchasing stuff,” she says, and that “stuff” has an eclectic and pleasing appeal.

The owner is sorry to be selling up, but is making a move that will take her closer to family.

Ms Hegarty does not envisage any difficulty selling the property, which has an asking price of €295,000.

Houses in this part of Midleton are always in demand, she says, describing Castleremond as “a popular, established, family-orientated residential area”, within walking distance of the town centre.

There’s even a creche at the entrance to Castleremond.

So what else does the house have to offer? Three bedrooms on the first floor, for starters, albeit the box room currently functions as a walk-in wardrobe. There’s also a family bathroom, where the striking feature is the painted wall panelling.

The master bedroom is en-suite.

Up a further set of stairs there’s scope for an additional bedroom and a landing area currently used as an office space, where a Velux window sheds plenty of light.

There are three bathrooms in all, including a guest toilet downstairs. Downstairs has solid wood flooring throughout.

The dining area has a raised open fireplace, suitable for a stove, while the sitting room has an open cast-iron fireplace.

To the front of the property is a cobble-lock driveway with generous off-street parking.

Viewings have been brisk, says Ms Hegarty, adding that the house will certainly appeal to first-time buyers and retired couples thinking of downsizing.

It’s close to schools, supermarkets and social activities, while also adjacent to the N25 offering easy access to Cork city city and beyond.

There’s also a wealth of beaches within easy driving distance.

The sale includes all venetian blinds, carpets, light fittings and kitchen appliances including integrated electric double oven, gas hob, dishwasher and free standing fridge/freezer.

The garden shed is also included.

VERDICT: Just go with the flow.

  • Castleredmond, Midleton
  • Price: €295,000
  • Size: 116.13sq m (1,250sq ft)
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • BER: C2

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