Big is beautiful in this Glounthaune scheme where No 24 could be your doorway to heaven, says Tommy Barker.
BOY, did they build ’em big, when builders Lanes delivered the upmarket Cois Chuan scheme east of Cork city, and above Glounthaune back in the mid 2000s.
Fresh to market this month with agent Michael O’Donovan of Savills is No 24 Cois Chuain, just shy of 3,000 sq ft after its owners (here from day one) added on to the rear and at attic level.
But, even extended up to 2,992 sq ft, it’s still far from the biggest detached family home, in this ever-popular development, with a national school and village services, plus a commuter rail link to the city centre and the just re-jigged Kent Rail Station, a walk downhill from Cois Chuain.
Just marked as sold at €703,000 on the Price Register is No 4, which measured 3,200 sq ft and had been on the market with Behan Irwin Gosling.
Over a year before that in early ‘16, the very broad and double fronted No 30 sold via ERA Downey McCarthy, at a reported €715,000: No 30 was larger again, a sizeable 3,600 sq ft.
The majority of Lane’s Cois Chuain constructions were timber framed, but the C2 BER-rated No 24 is concrete block constructed, says Savills Michael O’Donovan.
And, it has since been extended at ground to the rear, for a sun room with solid roof with a couple of Veluxes, plus a utility with guest WC, and again at attic level, where there are bedrooms nos 5&6, plus a shower room:many of the Cois Chuain homes now have attic and dormer bedrooms.
On a landscaped, sloping c 0.3 acre site, this example also has a detached double garage, so space and storage options are plentiful.
The vendors at No 24 have bought locally and are trading up/across, and Michael O’Donovan seeks offers of €675,000 for this three-storey/six bed purchases, with viewings just started in recent days.
It’s in very good overall order, with an east/south aspected long back garden, and has good privacy to the front, thanks to extensive planting and landscaping.
It’s got an assymetric front facade, with bay to the left, and has a dash finish at its upper level and brick underneath, with rooms – study, kitchen/dining, living and drawing room at the four corners, with 9’ ceiling heights - while the vaulted-ceiling sun room runs a further 21’ deep and 12’ wide out from the breakfast area.
The extra utility is about the size of an average room in a semi-d, about 13’ by 10,’ and includes a relocated WC, with cloakroom now off the hall, just inside the front door.
Savills describe the ground level as mix of open plan and interconnecting spaces, and the first floor above has four bedrooms, average-sized at best, two of which are en suite. The largest bedrooms are up another stairs at attic level, and one up here is 16’ by 13’ next to a shared shower room: and, several of the rooms have harbour views.
No 24’s setting is at the lower end of a cul de sac section of Cois Chuain, and the commuter rail line link to and from Cork city is an increasingly-appreciated asset for Glounthaune, add the selling agents.
VERDICT: Big enough for any clan at Cois Chuain.
Size: 278 sq m (2,992 sq ft)
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