Tommy Barker tots up the quirkily numbered steps to No 63 Cois Chuain, and finds further design delights within.
Hopes for a move to a Cork city home with quite a bit of style means the family in occupation at 63 Cois Chuain are hoping for a quick sale here: given the style, quality and interior pzzazz of what they propose to leave for a trading adventure, it could, indeed, be a rapid seller.
Cois Chuain, just a few miles east of Cork city at a hillside setting in Glounthaune, is best known for its large two-storey detached quality trade-up homes, done to a high standard by Lanes in the early 2000s. But, the long-established building firm also delivered a smaller number of bungalows in this airy development (and, they rarely come up for re-sale): No 63’s as good an example as you might hope to come across.
The vendors clearly have a bit of design flair and it shows in spades in this 1,450 sq ft, single storey four-bed home, with deft decor touches, a bit of retro ‘50s furnishings and vibe going on, and there’s blocks and splashes of colour to boot.
The good news for next owners is that much of what works here will stay here: the floor finishes are excellent, as are curtains, blinds, light fittings, integrated kitchen appliances and granite worktops, plus some individually-chosen wallpapers. Simply, it’s a house with personality, but one that’s not so individual that next owners may feel the need to change it all over again.
It’s just on the market as thoughts turn to autumn markets, school returns and reluctant holiday wrap-ups, and is priced at €495,000 by its selling agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald; she says it’s impressive by anyone’s standards, with good space, tasteful decor, a top location in a development that always sells well, and hasa spot-on aspect. And, it has views over Cork harbour to crown it all.
A family home with punch, it signals its credentials from the off, with a bold, orange house number 63 plaque and the short flight of steps to the front door quirkily is painted white and blue and has its steps numbered one to six on the risers, as a counting aide for small children, or adrift adults.
No 63 is on a sloping, well landscaped site, facing south east in front and west behind, with paved and slabbed terrace/patio, and tiered and shrubbed back boundaries past a short and wide run of lawn.
There’s views to the harbour from the double aspect front living room with open fireplace, and a family room’s to the rear with second fireplace, off the also double-aspected kitchen/dining room with French doors to the gardens.
Internally too, there’s a stepped T-shaped hallway, with a long bank of overhead rooflights in the ceiling brightening up the end which has four bedrooms (one en suite) ranged off it, and there’s also a main family, four-piece bathroom, closet, utility and guest WC.
VERDICT: Refreshingly original inside.
Cois Chuain, Glounthaune, Cork
Size: 135 sq m (1,450 sq ft)
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