Re­s­plen­dent views

Mar­itime-themed Rad­harc is ship-shape and is sure to at­tract

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Cover Story -

GLan­dor­eis­back­witha bang, in property terms and in the pop­u­lar­ity stakes also. One of the coun­try’s most sceni­cally-set lo­ca­tions, with its high perch over­look­ing a wooded in­let, the fish­ing port of Union Hall and the treach­er­ous rocks/is­lands Adam and Eve, it’s al­ways had some­thing of a golden ca­chet, with property highly prized and as highly priced.

It took a dip in the re­ces­sion, and a few years ago, most of its bars and hotel were shut for busi­ness, be­fore get­ting new life and in­vest­ment. They’re back, and on sum­mer days the two main bars, Hayes and the Glan­dore Inn do a roar­ing trade in al fresco din­ing for full view tak­ing, and are as busy in­doors when it turns cooler.

The highly re­garded Rec­tory, a wed­ding venue in a stun­ning-set Ge­or­gian era home, un­for­tu­nately fell vic­tim to the property crash, and was sold this year, show­ing on the Price Reg­is­ter at €1.35m, one of a half dozen six €1m-plus sales in Glan­dore since 2010.

The dear­est, Sea­mark, shows at €3.7m in 2012 (it was closer to €4m when its grounds are fac­tored in), and is just a few doors away from The Rec­tory.

Sources say The Rec­tory’s buy­ers were a pri­vate Cork cou­ple with med­i­cal back­ground, who’ve bought it for up­grad­ing as a hol­i­day home. Tony O’reilly’s Shore­cliffe, on six acres also sold in ‘14 for €1.5m, bought for hol­i­day use by a Lon­don-based cou­ple.

Also as keen on Glan­dore is Stephen Ver­non of Green Property and Green REIT, with over €2bn in as­sets. Back in 2014, Mr Ver­non paid €1.65m for the ar­chi­tectcre­ated Vi­o­let Gar­den in the thick of Glan­dore’s most sought-af­ter set­tings, with wa­ter frontage and ac­cess.

“If Ire­land has a Riviera, it’s West Cork. And, if there’s a St Tropez in West Cork it’s Glan­dore, and I think I’ve just bought the nicest house and set­ting in Glan­dore,” Mr Ver­non told the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner at the time of pur­chase.

A keen sailor, Stephen Ver­non had vis­ited Glan­dore first by boat, com­pet­ing in the Calves Week, where he won the Fast­net chal­lenge, and it’s prob­a­bly no sur­prise that the own­ers of this equally high-end re­build called Rad­harc on a higher-up perch at Rushanes are also sailors, lured to Glan­dore for its sail­ing base ap­peal, sail­ing club and an­nual re­gat­tas (the Clas­sic Boat Re­gatta runs this year July 23-28).

Rad­harc got launched in May by joint agents Maeve Mccarthy of Charles P Mccarthy & Co in Sk­ib­bereen, with Cather­ine Mcauliffe of Sav­ills in Cork city with a €1.35m price tag, and that’s for a top-spec home over three lev­els, to­talling 5,000sq ft.

They say it’s one of Glan­dore’s finest coastal prop­er­ties, on el­e­vated ter­raced gar­dens of c three­quar­ters of an acre, and is both ac­com­mo­da­tion and ver­sa­tile, with its quite mod­est tally of four bed­rooms spread over its three lev­els, so there’s pri­vacy ga­lore for all con­cerned, be it fam­ily, guests or oth­ers. And, as the cur­rent lay­out sees al­most 1,000sq ft at the lower ground level in use as a games room, it’s very fea­si­ble to add more sleeping quar­ters if/as re­quired.

Built in the mid-2000s, it re­placed/en­gulfed a cot­tage which pre­vi­ously had stood here, and

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