THE house is nothing to write home about — but the setting is postcard pretty.
Red Strand, West Cork €320,000
Sq m 121 (1,320 sq ft)
Best Feature: Coastal acres
Missing the summer tide of seaside and coastal property sales is the launch of this Clonakilty bungalow, whose merit is in its six acres of scenic-set land, and its snug site by the safe Red Strand, six miles west of Clon, near the Galley Head lighthouse, along a glorious stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Although dating only to the 1970s, this brick-built and quite basic bungalow did what cottage dwellers did in previous centuries, and placed the dwelling out of the prevailing westerly winds.
Yet, thanks to quite a judicious combination of circumstances and orientation, this basic 1,300 sq ft four-bed is set out of the way of the worst of the westerly winds, yet gets a view of the sea, and beach glimpses, and headlands with small coves, caves and cliffs in their rocky grip, amid foaming seas.
Just listed with Ray O’Neill of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, this Gahanive, Red Stand, home has those ever-altering views thanks to a dip and a slope in its front grounds.
Beneath is the sea, and a just-about accessible cove with overgrown path, and half the six acres was planted in woods by its owner, a US woman recently deceased.
With regularly mown lawns, and secret seating (and sauna) sections, it’s all in reasonable order, at best, with single glazing in teak frames showing a bit of wear, as does a wooden viewing gazebo.
What it does have is huge scope to renew/replace, and an eco-house on a chalet theme here could be made look quite at home.
What with a wood-burning Stanley stove in the front-to-back living room, and its own private lumber supply on the hill’s shoulder, a buyer could move in, do a simple tidy-up, and make plans for a more efficient home in time.
VERDICT: The six acres drives up the value, when viewed in hard site terms, and means it’s best suited for a full-time residence.
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