The previous owner and his son both climbed to the top, as will the buyer of this home, writes Trish Dromey
Clogheen, Cork - €1 million
Size: 560 sq m (6,000 sq ft)
Best Feature: Elevated status
It seems quite appropriate that the family home of the first mountaineer from the Republic of Ireland to climb Mount Everest should be called Falcal Heights.
You might even expect Falcal to be the name of one the many summits climbed by Pat Falvey — the Cork man who ascended Everest twice, and was the first mountaineer in the world to scale the highest peak on all seven continents twice.
But the name is in fact an amalgamation of Falvey and O’Callaghan — the surnames of Pat’s parents Tim and Bina, who built their home on an elevated site in the late 1980s, at a time when Pat was only starting out as a mountaineer and adventurer.
Former builder and Fianna Fáil councillor, Tim Falvey didn’t take half measures when he built the6,000 sq ft Falcal on a site of close to an acre and a half.
The spacious house was even fitted with a swimming pool, although the Falveys changed their minds and turned the room into a formal dining room — useful for entertaining when Mr Falvey was Lord Mayor of Cork in 1994.
The selling agent for the property now is Pat Falvey of Coldwell Banker auctioneer, son of Cork’s best-known mountaineer and grandson of the owners, who recalls spending happy times running around the gardens as a child.
Seeking offers of €1 million, he says it’s rare to find a property of this size with such a large site within five kilometers of the city centre.
“As a residential area, Clogheen is highly regarded, while the house is spacious, impressive and very well maintained. It was comprehensively upgraded around six years ago — the kitchen, flooring, bathrooms and internal doors were all replaced,” he notes.
The house consists of a two-storey section at the front and a long, single-storey wing at the rear. Decorated to match its grand scale, it opens in to a long hallway with a sweeping mahogany staircase overhung by a Waterford crystal chandelier.
At one side of the hallway is a long, carpeted sitting room with a sandstone wall and a built-in teak bar counter with high stools.
Fitted with two Waterford glass chandeliers it leads through to a sunroom at the rear.
Off the other side of the hallway is a smaller sitting room which is open plan with a long kitchen dining room.
In the back wing, there’s a utility room, an office, and two bedrooms including one en suite. There’s also a garage and a 32 ft long room designed for the swimming pool.
Mr Falvey says the pool went in but wasn’t tiled and finished and is covered over. The space is now a grand dining room with a timber-panelled ceiling and an Austrian crystal chandelier.
On the first floor, the property has a bathroom and four bedrooms including an extra-large master bedroom.
Situated on an elevated site, Falcal Heights has views of the countryside and the city suburbs.
Fronted by a pillared entrance with electric gates, it has a tarmac driveway, extensive lawns and landscaped areas around the house.
To the delight of the Falvey grandchildren and great grandchildren, they have created something of a mini zoo with stone lions, tigers, and birds, and there are two granite elephants as well as two terracotta warriors from China.
Now that his grandparents have decided to downsize, Coldwell Banker’s Mr Falvey expects Falcal Heights to generate a lot of interest because of its size, site and proximity to the city.
VERDICT: a climb up the property ladder.
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