Scenic and idyl­lic on river­bank

Tommy Barker re­ports on a ru­ral, river­side and gen­er­ously sized apart­ment on Kil­mac­si­mon Quay

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property -

AP­PROACH­ING Kil­mac­si­mon, es­pe­cially from along its River Ban­don ap­proach up from Kin­sale har­bour, there’s a feel­ing you could be trav­el­ling up some cen­tral Euro­pean river such as the Rhine. The sen­sa­tion is cre­ated by virtue of the scenic, wood­land back­drops, and even more so when the tall, tower-like struc­ture of Kil­mac­si­mon Quay is en­coun­tered.

The colour­ful, eye-catch­ing and en­gag­ing de­vel­op­ment of more than a dozen apart­ments and town­houses was built around 2002 by a lo­cal firm, to a de­sign by ar­chi­tect Alexan­der White. It re­placed the old cor­ru­gated iron sheds of a long-es­tab­lished boat­yard, and has ma­tured and set­tled in nicely, right down to its cen­tral com­mu­nal court­yard gar­den.

Now No 15, a fam­ily-owned dou­ble/triple as­pect c 1,230 sq ft apart­ment at the ground level has come to mar­ket, and sell­ing agent Josie Din­neen who’s based down­river in Kin­sale says: “It’s the best I’ve ever seen, it’s a stun­ner.”

Act­ing jointly with Ron Kruger of En­gel & Volk­ers, she guides the two-bed spa­cious and well-fin­ished out unit at €210,000, and is do­ing open view­ings this morn- Kil­mac­si­mon, River Ban­don €210,000

Size: 115 sq m (1,230 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 2 Bath­rooms: 2


ing, from 11am to 1pm, on a fall­ing tide with its low-point at Kin­sale har­bour due by 12.30... so, best to pay a visit by car, and not ar­rive by boat for this ses­sion.

It’s a few miles down­river from In­nis­han­non and Ban­don town, within a c 25 minute spin by car of Cork air­port, and Ms Di­neen feels the buyer may well come from abroad. Kin­sale’s a lovely trip by boat, and among the low-key prop­erty own­ers on the river is singer Tori Amos, an oc­ca­sional vis­i­tor and who’s due at the Opera House in Septem­ber. She bought a Ge­or­gian house on the river in the late 1990s.

At Kil­mac­si­mon Quay, No 15’s ven­dors are an Ir­ish fam­ily with two chil­dren, sell­ing to trade up now, and it’s im­mac­u­late and well-fin­ished in­ter­nally, with a se­quence of tall, fea­ture arched win­dows and bal­cony-like doors on two sides, each with water views over an area of des­ig­nated scenic land­scape, with an ac­tive row­ing club and kayak and boat­ing ac­tiv­ity as well.

In­ter­nally, No 15 has a de­cent kitchen/din­ing area with Maple Shaker units area, wal­nut-floored liv­ing room, fam­ily room, two car­peted bed­rooms and a util­ity/ study, plus main bath­room, fully tiled. There’s a fea­ture elec­tric fire and the apart­ment has a D1 BER, and pri­vate park­ing.

Al­though ap­pear­ing as a back­wa­ter ham­let, Kil­mac­si­mon is close to a host of sports ameni­ties and coast­line, and there’s a cute, tra­di­tional bar close-by. VER­DICT: Time and tides wait for no man: go sea.

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