Trading Up

Sq m: 210 (2,250 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

The views seem to go on forever, or at least for the five or so miles back to Bandon town, from this big West Cork bungalow, on an elevated site at a townland called Knocknagallach near Crossmahon.

The dormer home has a mix of four or five bedrooms, but - unusually - when mixing ground and first floor bedrooms, here the balance is in favour of ground floor spaces: there’s just one upstairs bedroom at this 2,250 sq ft family home.

However, it’s not like the ground floor rooms are going to be stuck for those immense sweeping views, and the ground floor’s en suite master bedroom (with walk-in wardrobe) has some of the property’s best vistas to hand, suggest selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Brennan Busteed in Bandon.

There’s a good-sized landscaped site, with dog run and hen-pen, while for human inhabitants there’s a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen plus utility, with shower room for sharing for three of the ground floor bedrooms and guests (plus the en suite in the master bedroom), while upstairs there’s a fifth bedroom, and lots of left over, open and floored space which can be adapted to further rooms as needed, say the agents.

VERDICT: You’re lord or lady of all you survey here, it really is a viewing perch for land and skies.

CROSSHAVEN, CORK €290,000

Sq m: 184 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

There are three floors of rooms from which to admire the views over Crosshaven harbour, as well as the comings and goings of assorted marine life and craft, at 9 Castlepoint. These are easy homes to run and to keep, with mostly communal grounds, and easy parking, a two minute walk from Crosshaven’s centre and with the best of views to Currabinny across the water, plus Cork harbour to the east, and west up the estuary and through its dense forests of masts.

Houses at Castlepoint are three-storey, and No 9’s got two ground floor bedrooms, two more at the top level, and a large open plan kitchen/living/dining space in between, with an extensively glazed front wall, which has French doors out to a decked and galvanised metal balcony. There’s a similar glazing set up at one of the ground floor bedrooms, opening to a lawn.

Entry point to the house is from the rear and parking area, via a bridge to the mid and living level.

Selling agent Barry Smith of Rose Properties in Douglas seeks offers around €290,000 for the modern mid-terraced four-bed home, which he says is in turn-key condition.

VERDICT: A handy place to drop anchor, with easy-to-keep house with great light and views, and a seaside village community right on your doorstep.

BISHOPSTOWN CORK €425,000

Sq m: 167 (1,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

There’s already a good 1,800 sq ft at the detached family four-bed home No 4 Bishopscourt Park, with the bonus of an accessible attic level room as well.

The accommodating home, in Cork’s Bishopstown, has a south-facing back garden with a large crazy-paved terrace on which to soak up the rays when the sun’s out, says selling agent Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, who seeks €425,000 for the recently upgraded home.

Those recent works include improved insulation both in the attic (where there’s eaves storage) and in the cavity walls, a new central heating system, and double glazing.

The ground floor plan is open, with a linked living and dining room, there’s a rear family room, and the kitchen is also deep, at about 23’, but fairly narrow at just under 9’.

No 4’s got a ground floor guest WC, and a main family bathroom to serve the three doubles and one single bedroom overhead. Next up, the attic level room is 23’ deep, and about 11’ wide under the sloping roof, with gable windows front and back.

Tall and upright No 4’s got a part brick and part cedar sheeted front facade, and there’s side access to the pleasant, walled-in back garden.

VERDICT: Scope to personalise further, but good essentials all in place.

ROSSMORE ISLAND, Kerry €230,000

Sq m: 425 (4,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 6

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

Named after a perilous rock in the midst of the 25-mile long Kenmare Bay is Maiden Rock House, on the water’s edge on chic Rossmore Island near Tahilla and Parknasilla.

The large six-bed, modern-built home, entirely clad in sandstone has accommodation over three floors, and is on a site of 0.7 of an acre with direct and unimpeded views to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains across the bay.

Maiden Rock House is to be auctioned on May 29 by Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, who guides it at €230,000 and says the location is special as there’s a special cachet to the 365-acre Rossmore Island, where dancer Michael Flatley had hoped to build a 9,000 sq ft holiday cottage on 50 private acres. This is one of three houses accessed by right of way over an island farm.

It has four first floor en suite bedrooms, plus one ground floor bedroom, and two multi-purpose attic rooms. The rest of the ground floor has a sizeable hall, a large L-shaped kitchen with granite worktops linking into a dining room and an as-large living room, with double doors to a sun-room with vaulted ceiling. Then, there’s also a utility, study/office, and a bathroom.

VERDICT: Waterfrontage on an island half way between Sneem and Kenmare? Well worth a look.

CASTLETOWNBERE, Cork €350,000

Sq m:184 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3 /5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband:Yes

There’s a scenic watery inlet by the country site of White Oaks, a three-bed family home with ocean views and the bonus of a two-bed apartment, for income and for visitors.

The two-storey waterfronting house with a warm feel is on the market with local Castletownbere estate agent JJ O’Sullivan, who seeks offers around €350,000 for the lot, on its private two-acre site with garage less than a couple of miles from the port itself. Also nearby is the local golf course.

All three of the bedrooms in the main two-storey house (built in the ‘60s, and upgraded ten years ago) are en suite, there’s a living room with pine-sheeted ceiling and open fireplace, and a country-style kitchen.

The house is well kept and finished, says Mr O’Sullivan.

The two-bed apartment is integrated into the main house, but is self-contained with electric storage heating.

It’s got a living room, a dining room, compact kitchen, and two bedrooms plus bathroom, and most of the apartment’s rooms have sea views.

VERDICT: Options to live and to earn some extra income within a couple of kilometres of the busy fishing port on the Beara Peninsula, just 200 metres from the golf course, with the chance to float your boat at your garden’s end.

Picture: Property in Bandon


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