Cork harbour homes are attracting a lot of attention from UK buyers with a powerful pound, says Tommy Barker.
Jamesbrook, Cork €385,000
Sq m 158 (1,700 sq ft)
Best Feature: Tasty refurb
EASY on the eye and tastefully decorated, with an appeal to a wide range of buyers is this refurbished East Cork cottage, at Jamesbrook.
On a one-third of an acre site, and with wings embracing a sun-trap courtyard-like terrace, it has been extended up to 1,700 sq ft with lots of attention to detail, says agent Adrianna Hegarty, based a ten minute drive away in Midleton.
She hopes to get close to her €385,000 guide for the vendors, who have East Cork sports links and who poured energy and commitment into their home, but now have the chance to build from scratch, on a family-owned site nearby.
They bought 16 years ago, brought it back to four walls and then went forwards, and extended again in 2004, with work done by well-regarded construction firm AV Brady ... and builder Mr Brady’s daughter happened to be one of the occupants/owners, so special attention to the build quality is pretty assured.
Ms Hegarty suggests this one-off is of a sufficient quality to attract the attention of some of the relocating buyers from the UK.
A number of the most recent strong harbour sales have been to buyers with British links, including one or two who still commute to London for work.
Built in the 1960s, the current owners of this ‘cottage’ bungalow have updated it, working with its original character, and enhancing it with things like inside-outside linkages via French doors, with external joinery and double glazed pitch pine windows painted an aesthetically pleasant green.
Key rooms are all of a good size, such as the 17’ by 14’ living room with wood-burning stove, walnut floor and link to a 19’ by 11’ sun room, also floored in walnut and with garden/courtyard access.
The kitchen is larger again, at 22’ by 15’, and has painted walnut units topped with granite, Neff appliances and tiled floor, plus an island which seats 10, and there’s good internal circulation amid the living section.
The master bedroom is also a nice size, and has an en suite; the other two bedrooms are more standard sizes.
There’s a high overall specification, and finish levels, and heating is primarily via underfloor electric heating, a source that attracts a penalty in terms of BER rating, so while this cottage comes in at an F, it possibly doesn’t reflect its real comfort factors. There’s also an alarm, smoke alarms, and a block-built garden shed, with power supply and used as a utility, plus a barna shed.
The grounds include a graveled drive, lawns, shrub and landscaping for year-round colour.
Location-wise, it’s five miles from Midleton and about 30 minutes from Cork city, up above Murph’s pub and restaurant in popular East Ferry, with a Jamesbrook address, and can be reached via East Ferry, or Saleen and the Whitegate road.
Meanwhile, also for sale with the same Hegarty Properties is 6, Radharc Na Mara, a detached four-bed (two en suite) home in Rostellan, with views over the inlet/lake and inner harbour.
Built to a high standard within a small development out along the road to Whitegate at Rostellan about six years ago, with stone facade and attic rooms, it has a slick kitchen by Schuller, with Waterford Stanley range, has a B2 BER , and is guided at €380,000.
VERDICT: Choice of detacheds, different houses but both high-end and attractive, in the East Cork harbour region.
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