Tommy Barker looks at this conveniently-located three-bedroom Crosshaven home with harbour views.
THERE are the remaining, old orchard walls retained as a backdrop feature to the niche, c 20 house development called The Orchard, with apple-of-the-eye views over the water at Cork harbour town Crosshaven.
Up for sale with a €215,000 asking price is the smart, and well-kept, mid-terraced townhouse at 18 The Orchard, rightfully getting its name from its past as the orchard for what’s Crosshaven’s highly-regarded Cronin’s Pub and restaurant.
The scheme was built around 2002, and in recent times No 18 has been rented, but was extremely well minded and shows well, says selling agent Michael Piggot, who’s based in Carrigaline.
In a sunny setting in Crosser, off the Camden Road, No 18 is as likely to find favour with traders down and relocators as first-time buyers and starters out: it may even be bought as a second home/future retirement option, given its ease of maintenance and proximity to the village’s amenities, and Crosshaven’s now also a busy ‘lifestyle’ commuter option for those working in Cork City.
The setting is in a cul-de-sac, with old walled-in courtyard, back garden with seating area, colourfully planted up. And, even though there’s no apple or pear trees to keep with The Orchard’s roots, there are fruit trees in the public/communal areas, say the vendors.
For ease of keeping, and for continuity’s sake, the owners tiled the hall, living room and kitchen/dining room with the same pale porcelain tile, and there’s rear garden access via patio doors in the kitchen, while the living room has an open fireplace, and a bay window.
Right now, heating is via that open fireplace, plus electric wall-mounted storage heating, and they combine to give a just-adequate D1 BER for a property that’s only 15 years old. If new owners opt to put in a high efficiency oil or gas burner and central heating, it will improve the BER almost immediately.
The good spec sees a groundfloor guest WC, and one of the three carpeted bedrooms overhead is en suite with a shower, and there’s the option of a bath in the main family bathroom.
VERDICT: a modern home, with ageless Crosshaven water views, animated by the sight of several enormous whirring wind turbines at Currabinny.
Crosshaven, Co Cork
Guide price: €215,000
Size: 88 sq m (915 sq ft)
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