Spacious, roomy one of a kind

An architect’s own one-off home in Cork

Ballyvolane, Cork - €350,000

Size: 230 sqm (2,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5

BER: Pending

It’s got 2,500 sq ft within, five bedrooms, and five bathrooms — and it take a full five minutes-plus for estate agent Sean McCarthy of ERA Downey McCarthy to do a video walk-through on the delights behind the part-brick, part-dash facade of the detached, modern build 78A Árd na Gréine.

Built around 2011 by architect Martin Byrne as his own home, it’s an over-sized one-off, the last one in on the end of a row semi-ds off the Banduff Road.

While the exterior finish was done to more-or-less match the materials of its earlier neighbours, inside all is showhouse quality and finished off to a tee.

ERA agent Garry O’Donnell says it’s going down a treat with a mix of viewers which includes traders-up and even some first-time buyers.

It’s already under offer at the €350,000 asking price, adds Mr O’Donnell.

There’s a whole lot of well-finished home for that money, with one ground-floor bedroom/bed five or optional study/family room with bay window.

There’s also a ground floor guest WC/shower room, main living room to the front with fireplace, double aspect and another, balancing bay window on the facade of this double-fronted home.

But the scene-setter off the tiled hall through double doors is the very large kitchen/dining/living room, all across the back of the wide house.

It’s visually broken into zones, with low wall dividing the living section from the dining table, while the high-gloss kitchen has grey worktops, and an island.

There’s a utility, plus access to the rear patio and garden via double sliding doors, as the kitchen end wall is effectively all glass.

Upstairs there are four more bedrooms, all doubles, and the master bedroom is en-suite with deep, walk-in wardrobe, with rails and shelves on two sides.

Bedroom two is also en suite while two other bedrooms share an en-suite between them in a Jack’n’Jill layout.

No 79A has an alarm, underfloor heating, gas-fired, and is on a walled-in site, landscaped to the back with cobbled patio and raised beds, and has good parking in front.

It’s in showhouse condition and appearance, stresses ERA’s Garry O’Donnell.

VERDICT: It looks like the €350k asking price might only be a starting off point for this one-off.



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