House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €450,000

Size: 184 sq m (2,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3
BER rating: C1
Best asset: Quality job

Set to downsize — again — are the owners of Beechmount House, a seven-year old Rochestown home with high quality interiors, and top-notch views. A very comfortable house, with rooms over three levels, it’s adaptable for those who want a bit of privacy and distance among the generations, be they noisy teenagers, grandparents or others.

On a sloping site on Coach Hill in Cork’s Rochestown, this 2,000 sq ft home has views over the Mahon/Douglas estuary to Mahon Point where, since the area’s rapid commercialisation with offices, “it looks like New York at night with lights all twinkling,” according to Beechmount’s inhabitants.

This house was built in timber frame by highlyregarded company Cygnum, in the side garden of a larger house as part of a lifestyle move - but after just seven years, it’s trade time again: the couple aim to build a bungalow on a site in the Douglas area as an easy-keep move.

It’s new to market with agent Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing (who this month just closed the €3m sale of the Kinsale home, Fastnet House, see page 5), and he quotes a guide of €450,000.

He says Beechmount’s in walk-in condition, in a top location on a private site where most of the rooms have been oriented for the water views beyond.

Design is by Donal Anderson, with a top floor entirely given over to a master bedroom, a very decent 18’ by 16’ with feature round window, and with a walk-in wardrobe/dressing room, and a separate en suite shower room. Leaving here and heading to the stairs, the views from a roof window are quite arresting, no matter what state the tide, or light.

The house’s lower floor is home to two bedrooms who share an en suite in a Jack and Jill arrangement, and there’s also a utility room, and living room/TV room. The fact there’s independent access to this level from outside makes it perfect for the goings and coming of teens or twenty somethings, or an older independent generation who can have their own friends visit without disturbing ‘thems upstairs.’

The main living floor is up a half level from the cheery red-painted entrance door with overhead fanlight, and it has a study (or optional bed four), bathroom and linked kitchen to the back, with front dining room and living room alongside, linked by an arch. It all makes for a very airy space, particularly given the dining area’s partial high ceiling and tall, feature arched window. A thoughtful addition is the raised deck just off the kitchen/ breakfast table, reached from French doors, and it give al fresco dining options, with views, and has a westerly aspect for evening sun. Then, after sun-down, there’s an open fireplace in the living room, adding to creature comforts.

Finishes are good, too, with beech flooring, cherrywood doors and other joinery and stair treads, the cream kitchen units are topped with flecked granite, matching a circular breakfast bar by the deck doors, and there’s a pressurised water system, gas heating, recessed lighting, double glazing, and respectable C1 BER rating.

Built on the grounds of the original Thornbury House, Beechmount House is on a site of one-third of an acre, with mature screening and a long approach avenue once past electric access gates.

VERDICT: Off-standard yet adaptable, this is a modern house for those who like their comforts, privacy and security, in a well-established residential location.


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