Tommy Barker says 38, Wheatfields in Carrigaline is unexpectedly back on the market and there have already been several swift viewings.
You make your plans, you make your move, and you expect a bit of a breather for a while after all the effort of a house move. However now, the owners of the large, detached home at 38,
Wheatfields in south Cork’s Carrigaline are getting set to up sticks, after less than two years here in residence.
The reason? something has come up as an alternative buy in Cork city, through a family link, and it’s a chance they can’t really pass up.
“The owners always knew they’d be be going back to the city, at some stage; they just didn’t think it would be this quickly”, says estate agent Michael Pigott as he puts No 38 back on the open market, and starts his viewings. What chance a viewer from 2014 with other agents, might come back for a second bite?
With a strong appeal to traders-up from Carrigaline and from Douglas, the Wheatfields scheme in Carrigaline was a comparatively rare chance for families to build to their own spec since it kicked off in the early 2000s. Wheatfields, and Greenfields in Ballincollig, sort of flew the flag for self-builders who couldn’t get single stand-alone sites, back in the day.
A kilometre or so out from Carrigaline, Wheatfields is a development where 55 serviced sites, typically 0.2 of an acre, were offered to aspiring homebuilders, with outline planning for 2,500 sq ft new-builds.
Quite a wide variety of designs got used here, and some builds went up to 3,500 q ft, and at peak prices topped €750,000: one can imagine dinner party conversations among neighbours centring on ‘that was then, this is now’ topic on prices paid, tradesmen’s quality, and materials sourced, and from where.
The last of the dozens of sites got sold last year, a house is now under construction on it, and even if there is a lot of unpainted concrete render to be seen in and about the estate, the entire place is maturing nicely with landscaping bedding down, says Mr Pigott.
He started viewings last week, and has shown it to his first half dozen or so viewers.
No 38 shows on the Price Register at €495,000 in 2014, and today it’s priced at €550,000, and that reflects the fact the market in metropolitan Cork has continued to recover from the slump.
Apart from making a garage over as a music room, the owners have made few other changes since 2014, and while they stand to make a bit on the resale, the property they are now buying in Cork city has gone up in similar increments.
The houses in Wheatfield are ranged around a central block, and No 38 is far back in a cul de sac part as a further remove, and its site is walled in.
Michael Pigott, who has just this year gone into business in Carrigaline trading under his own name, says Wheatfields is one of the more exclusive residential developments around the town and he describes the 2,500 sq ft No 38 as “superbly presented and tastefully decorated,” with a good blend of living and bedroom accommodation.
Set behind secure gates and a tarmac drive with perimeter landscaping and a west-facing, private back garden, and past its teak front door, it has a partly-galleried hall, stairs and landing, with red oak floor in the hall and in the treads on the stairs.
The linked kitchen/dining room has units in warm cherry wood, and part-tiled and part-oak floor and this space opens to a conservatory with tall, feature apex or triangular window, and there is garden access.
The kitchen/dining room also opens to a living room, by the front of the house, so there is a good flow for day-to-day family living. There’s also a family room, play room, utility and a guest bathroom.
Overhead, the landing is floored in oak, and there’s access to a floored attic for storage, and all four bedrooms are also floored in oak. Two of the four bedrooms have built-ins and the master bedroom is en suite, while the main family bathroom has a jacuzzi.
VERDICT: Go with the grain at Wheatfields.
Size 225 sq m (2,500 sq ft)
Best Features: Solid, space
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