Tommy Barker suggests you might enjoy a look the around (and from) this upgraded bungalow above Kinsale.
Ardbrack, Kinsale €1.1 million
Size: 169 sq m (1,819 sq ft)
Best Feature: site size, setting and its 180 degrees of harbour, town and ocean views
Hoping to ride the crest of a price wave washing over Kinsale is this upgraded late 1900s bungalow called Seahorse, on high above the High Road at Kinsale’s Ardbrack.
Here at Ardbrack, the road curves along and around one of the best viewing perches at Kinsale harbour, on its way from town to Summercove.
Houses are stretched out below and above the High Road, and many routinely make, or top, the €1 million mark. Some make multiples of it, even, such as Fastnet House which sold three years ago €3 million.
Just slightly down the hill from Seahorse, closer to the Spaniard bar (which has also been on the market this year) two recent sales of former local authority homes with absolutely outstanding 180-degree harbour views, topped and tailed the magic €1m barrier.
One, of just about 700 sq ft, with planning for extension made over €900,000 with Engel and Volkers. The other, already extended to a very high standard is sale agreed with agent James Murphy at almost €1.2m.
Now, having sold several €1m-plus Kinsale homes in the past two years, auctioneer Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald lists this home, named Seahorse, at €1.1m, and which now is almost par for the course for Ardbrack, where buyers frequently demolish on purchase, and build again for space and style and (sometimes,) for showing off.
Seahorse is in good overall condition, has over 1,800 sq ft inside and reworked interiors with living rooms all now interconnected for a 35’ width span, but its key attribute, apart from location and views/aspect, is the site size.
Seahorse is anchored on 0.6 of an acre, and has one of the flatter sites on this Ardbrack/High Road stretch: in fact, it’s flat enough to host a full-size tennis court.
With Wimbledon’s tennis just washed up for another year, whoever moves next into Seahorse have a year to not only get themselves into shape, but to sort out the tennis court which is ringed with mature trees as it needs cleaning up, or resurfacing, to get back into smooth service.
Billing Arbrack as Kinsale’s ‘ace’ location, Sherry Fitz’s Mr O’Flynn says this house has a beautiful large site, with its living rooms all best positioned to capitalise on views, and has three bedrooms, but is highly extendable.
Overall condition since opening up the living spaces is very good, he adds, and the 24’ deep and almost 15’ wide family area has an antique marble fireplace and sliding door access to south and west facing deck.
Linked to the family room is a bright, dual aspect dining area, over 22’ deep, with stone corner fireplace, and alongside is a country style kitchen with garden access, and it has a feature marine-style lighting over an island, and range cooker.
There’s also a back kitchen, rear hall and utility.
One of the three laminate-floored bedrooms is en suite, with built-ins, and there’s a three-piece main bathroom suite, with corner bath.
VERDICT: within a walk of Kinsale, and sweeping views, the setting and site (with tennis court) are the star double act at Seahorse.
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