It’s all about location, location, location for this system-built house in Crookhaven, says Tommy Barker
What a setting... plain, simple and utterly breathtaking. This is indeed a prize, up for grabs, and given that it’s ‘Crook’ (Cork parlance for Crookhaven,) this plum property is sure to see Cork’s better-heeled home-hunters competing with bidders from over the water.
And, that’s ever before the expected ‘bounce’ in Crookhaven’s profile, once the next Star Wars movies gets released and puts Kerry, Donegal, and West Cork’s Brow Head up in leading lights for all the planet to see.
So, best to throw a private viewing over this two-acre, heavenly set slice of Irish coastline as fast as possible, before the jet-set come a-wooing once more.
Just listed this week with Skibbereen-based agent Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarthy & Co is this modest-sized, and modest-scaled, three-bed bungalow with attached garage on an immodest and covetable site... some two acres at the mouth of Crookhaven harbour and its safe yacht berth, looking east over the narrow span of water to Crookhaven lighthouse by Rock Island.
Set at the end of a lane, about 500 metres out from Crook village and its several bars, it’s about 50 years old, and was built by its UK-based owners, so has not changed hands before, and now is on the market as an executor sale.
Likely to have been a system- or brick-built bungalow, as was popular ‘back in the day’, it’s in good overall order and measures about 1,300 sq ft, with one of its three bedrooms en suite.
It has incredible views from its main living space, thanks to two large picture windows.
It carries a €425,000 asking price, and gets a rock-bottom G BER rating, but this is almost irrelevant as the buyer will spend more on it.
How much more gets ploughed into it is like asking how long is a piece of string: It’ll be be as much as a person’s love for it, and their ambition for it, and whatever planners will allow (Peter Sutherland has something pretty swanky by a top UK-based Irish architect across the way at Goleen.)
Some may seek to knock and replace, others to extend (West Cork’s Galley Head/Red Strand has examples of similar system-builds getting makeovers,) and more may be happy to up the insulation and comfort factors on a budget, and wait for further funds for a grander plan.
VERDICT: Crook, at about its best. Key attractions right now are of course the setting, at the end of the road overlooking Alderman Sound, its two acres with temptingly-set bench for pondering a purchase, its shoreline and rocky cove.
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