High tech and high spec property in Crossbarry, Cork

This deceptive country dormer belies its technological underpinnings and fittings, writes Tommy Barker.

Crossbarry, Cork €575,000

Sq m 356 (3,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4


Best Feature: High tech and spec

IT MIGHT look like a country dormer design, albeit on a big scale, but there’s technology to beat the band and broadband, at this rural home called Lime Field.

Set on an acre out at Ballymurphy North, near Crossbarry, it’s in a rural heartland close to Ballincollig and Bandon, and sort of close to the city and airport too. But, its very best linkages are electronic, over the ether.

High tech and high spec property in Crossbarry, Cork

“It’s wired for just about everything,” says its selling agent Norma Healy, noting it has structural cabling, satellite broadband and data wiring “probably on a par with EMC, if you’re into IT, you’ll be like a kid in a sweetshop,” she quips. 

For lesser whizz-kids, it has also got wiring for sound, a central vacuum system, pressurised water system and solar panels, plus a kitchen in a gloss baby blue colour, done by the German company Schuller.

Make no mistake, Lime Field is a big home, weighing in at 3,800 sq ft and with five bedrooms, with a large 22’ by 19’ master bedroom, which has an en suite bathroom and a walk-in dressing room. 

But, the star turn is the main family bathroom, with a freestanding feature double-end bath, large shower cubicle and restrained stone-coloured floor and part wall tiles: it’s just a smart job. Sanitary ware come from Heritage and Showerlux ranges.

High tech and high spec property in Crossbarry, Cork

The home was built around six years ago, done with a steel frame (the vendor has family links to an engineering firm) and it seems to have an especially strong feel and draught-free nature, suggests Ms Healy, who had a few open viewings here this past week, and another at 10AM this morning. 

She reckons it’s a great size family home for new owners and the connectivity would allow easy working from home for a range of people, and EMC which employs thousands in Cork is only eight kilometres away.

“This home is bright and spacious, with the added benefit of tons of space for family living,” says the auctioneer; case in point is the double aspect kitchen/dining room, close to 20’ by 20’, with pantry, utility and guest WC off, with grey porcelain floor tiles.

Also tiled is the hall, in a black and white pattern, and main reception rooms are floored in walnut, and include a family room with overhead projector and patio access, a lounge awaiting a fireplace, and a study/bedroom five.

High tech and high spec property in Crossbarry, Cork

There are four more bedrooms upstairs, with acacia wood floors all are dormer rooms, with sloping ceilings and the main bedroom has a double aspect.

While it’s all very well built, a new owner might do some more finishing, or work on the acre that Lime Field stands and plant it up more to settle it all the more into its rural landscape.

VERDICT: Wired for road.


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