Takead­van­tage of home’s 10-year itch

This up­graded house has plenty to of­fer, writes Tommy Barker

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property -

Built 20 years ago, and last chang­ing hands 10 years ago, this up­graded fam­ily home in a scenic set­ting by East Ferry around Cork har­bour once more has the 10-year itch.

Re­worked as a labour of love by a young cou­ple af­ter they bought in 2007, it’s now a very well fin­ished four/five bed home of 2,900sq ft, on 0.7 of an acre of tended gar­dens with de­tached garage and a lean-to glasshouse, and where much of the plant­ing, tree se­lec­tion and work done car­ries sig­nif­i­cant mem­o­ries for the ven­dors.

Now they’re off on a happy, new life chap­ter, and so this Baw­nard West bun­ga­low with mez­za­nine and gallery loft rooms is listed with East Cork agent Adri­anna He­garty, who guides at €450,000 and says it’s a rare chance to buy into this highly re­garded lo­ca­tion, close to the water, and just two miles from Mi­dle­ton, near schools, ser­vices and beauty spots.

It’s in very good con­di­tion, and work done by the cur­rent own­ers in­cludes a €30k ex­ten­sion to in­clude a large bright sun­room. There’s a good kitchen, din­ing room, study, a sunken 24’ by 15’ sit­ting room with mez­za­nine and wood-burn­ing stove in a tall stone chim­ney breast, with fea­ture 16’ high vaulted ceil­ing. Also stone­faced was the house’s pre­vi­ously dashed fa­cade, and they also put in an out­side bal­cony, fac­ing south over the back gar­den.

Also out­side, two gen­er­a­tions rowed in to help work on the gar­den, which in­cludes a cop­per beech hedge along one side, a lit­tle stone path at the front, pa­tio, water fea­ture, a newer red robin hedge, and some fea­ture trees and plants.

Mulched raised beds as­sist grow­ing of veg­eta­bles, ap­ple trees, goose­berry, straw­berry and rasp­berry bushes and rhubarb from the in-laws’ gar­den. Lo­ca­tion is in a quiet set­ting, just off the Mi­dle­ton-white­gate road, putting Rath­coursey and East Ferry within a stroll, and Murph’s Bar a cy­cle op­tion for sum­mer seafood din­ing. VER­DICT: Labour of love

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