JHIS ace home has tracked its owners’ family growth, life stages, practical and visual skills, and luckily, the family that gets it next.
Located near the top of the Pembroke Woods project at the entrance to Cork Harbour’s West Passage, the grand house at 13 Hillcrest has grown in size, has huge extra amenities inside and out, but still retains a sense of from the spot – to the cows grazing beyond the rear boundary. The owners have even installed their first small extension to contemplate the fields while having dinner.
Then they added on the other side, going up three full floors. And now a fully delivered entity, it is for sale, listed as a five-bedroom 2,630 square foot home with an AMW of €495,000 with estate agent Stephen Clarke of REA O’Donoghue Clarke.
He says it is “a beautiful house, where nothing has been spared in its design and appearance. The additional space brought to this house has made it an exceptional residence, for any buyer wishing to move upmarket.
But, to backtrack a bit: the owners moved into their first home in Pembroke Woods from Passage West in 2000, a three-bed townhouse perfect for a couple.
It served them well and their first son was born there.
Three years later, they learned that larger detached houses, which were to have four bedrooms, were being built on the top of the hill, at the back of their park “and from a family planning point of view and the fact that we loved the region, it was a good decision,” says one of the two, who was lucky enough to have trained as a cabinetmaker.
“We moved into Hillcrest on Christmas Eve 2004,” he recalls, just in time for Santa’s visit.
It can take credit for much of the work done here since 2004, through two extensions, interior finishes, paneling and exterior additions such as terraces, tiered gardens and a clay pizza oven that he built as part of a family project with three teenagers. son.
“My wife has an exceptional eye for finishing touches such as fabrics and colors – so between the two of us we’ve added stylish character to every corner of our home,” he adds.
“Literally, everything except building the extensions was done by ourselves.”
They had bought as a young family and said the original houses were well laid out, but a bit compact, lacking a laundry room and dining area, for example.
So, as the south side of their house overlooks a large grazing field, often grazed by cattle, their first project was to build a single storey extension to this side of the house with the necessary dining room with a view. , plus a laundry room.
This was followed in 2008 by a much larger three-story extension to the other side of the house, which allowed for a master bedroom on the top floor connecting the original top floor to the attic of the new construction, which is become a very large walk-in closet/dressing room: top marks for elegance.
The middle level now houses four timber-floored bedrooms with fitted units, two sharing an en-suite bathroom in a Jack and Jill (or Jack and Jacks) arrangement, while the main family bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath.
Downstairs is a cozy TV/family room to the side with a solid fuel stove (this was the first dining area added), a larger dual aspect lounge with another stove, kitchen/ dining room recently refitted by Celtic Interiors with quartz tops, wooden breakfast bar, new appliances and large pantry/utility, plus guest toilets down hall and downstairs bedrooms -floor with parquet and paneling painted with assertive colors and stylish decoration.
As well as doubled extensions on each side, the front is doubled with two readers and mature landscaping, with decorative colored fencing, gate and frames for climbers giving privacy to the front door. Behind, the private rear garden is not overlooked (except perhaps by nervous cattle watching the barbecue and small fire pit?) There is also the domed wood-fired clay pizza oven, used most weekends, and the rear that originally sloped up and away is now stepped with a mix of paving, planting, mulching, decking and green views.
A ‘practice’ corner contains a garden shed, wood shed and bike storage and as of now there is a large quality hot tub. It “keeps us out a lot, but can go with us,” say moving sellers, ready to unplug their fully-delivered dream home, if not the tub itself, and move on.
VERDICT: Large tip-top family home with an impressive B2 energy class.