View of the har­bour

The views and space both in­side and out make this house highly de­sire­able, writes Tr­ish Dromey

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property -

More than just an ex­tra spa­cious­fivebed­home on a two and a quar­ter acre site, this Curra­binny house is also a per­fect van­tage point from which to ob­serve the yachts sail in and out of Cork har­bour’s Crosshaven.

The elon­gated, slightly ‘S’shaped sin­gle story prop­erty was built by Ger­man sail­ing en­thu­si­asts who se­lected the site be­cause of its har­bour views and de­signed their 3,500sq ft home to al­low them to see the yachts and the wa­ter from as many rooms and van­tage points as pos­si­ble.

While hunt­ing for a trade-up prop­erty in the area dur­ing the late 1990s, the Ger­man cou­ple stood on the other side of the har­bour in Crosshaven look­ing across at this site, which had for­tu­itously just come on the mar­ket, and knew they had found what they wanted.

The home they built on it al­lowed them to look di­rectly back across the es­tu­ary at the Royal Cork Yacht Club and its ma­rina. It was also close enough to a nearby slip­way to al­low them to sail across to it.

From the front, the ar­chi­tect­de­signed prop­erty re­sem­bles a mod­est plas­ter fin­ished bun­ga­low but at rear, fac­ing the har­bour, it has high level of glaz­ing, stone cladding and a canopy cov­ered pa­tio and is much more in­ter­est­ing.

In­side the win­dows at the rear, un­der a vaulted tim­ber pan­elled ceil­ing is an enor­mous liv­ing/ din­ing/kitchen space which is par­tially di­vided by half-height red­brick walls.

At the gable end be­hind a full ceil­ing height win­dow is a huge oak floored liv­ing room which has a raised red-brick stove hearth with a gas fire. Along­side this is a car­peted din­ing room which ad­joins an oak floored kitchen with oak units, a break­fast counter and a less for­mal din­ing area with built-in seat­ing. Pa­tio doors in the din­ing room open out onto a cov­ered ter­race which has a brick BBQ, a seat­ing area and the best RCYC views in the house.

Also fac­ing out on to the wa­ter at the back is a spa­cious mas­ter bed­room which has an en suite with a Jacuzzi bath.

Fac­ing the front of the house are four spa­cious bed­rooms in­clud­ing one which has been put to use as a gym. Other rooms in­clude a util­ity room, a guest WC off the hall and a main bath­room. Also at the front of the prop­erty is an in­te­gral dou­ble garage/work­shop.

The tim­ber framed house has been fit­ted with dou­ble glazed win­dows, oil cen­tral heat­ing and a cen­tral vac­uum sys­tem.

Ac­cessed through elec­tric gates, the prop­erty has a drive­way and a small or­chard in the front gar­den and an ex­panse of lawn which slopes gen­tly to­wards the wa­ter at the back and is sep­a­rated from the shore­line by just one field.

The ma­ture gar­dens have been well planted by the own­ers with shrubs such as rhodo­den­dron and hy­drangea and now, at the height of sum­mer, are look­ing colour­ful.

This im­pres­sive well-built prop­erty has been well very main­tained but will re­quire up­dat­ing. It’s likely that a pur­chaser want to mod­ernise the kitchen and the dé­cor.

Lo­cated on Strand Road, the house is within a short walk from Curra­binny Woods and around 7km from Car­ri­ga­line and 14km, via road, from Crosshaven.

Seek­ing of­fers of €750,000, Stephen Clarke of REA O’donoghue & Clarke says this is a mag­nif­i­cent prop­erty in a very sought-af­ter lo­ca­tion.

“The key at­trac­tions in­clude its stun­ning wa­ter views and its won­der­fully pri­vate sur­round­ings,” VER­DICT: Sail on.

Curra­binny, Co Cork Price: €750,000

Size: 325sq m (3,500sq ft) Bed­rooms: 5 Bath­rooms: 3

BER: C3

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