Takeadvantage of home’s 10-year itch
This upgraded house has plenty to offer, writes Tommy Barker
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