Home owner’s expertise brought €595k Cork family home to new comfort levels
The current owner of Walnut Creek seems like the right man for the job – a professional plumber with a high reputation. He didn’t complete this big building by himself when he and his family moved here four years ago. He has also added and upgraded his many bathrooms and replaced the oil-fired central heating boiler for the underfloor heating with an air-to-water facility which increased comfort and reduced heating bills.
Warmth by Walnut Creek now
“In the past, you couldn’t get enough oil to add it quickly,” he jokes about the former’s energy requirements to heat a 3700 square meter house on two levels, even though it is a high-quality building that was only built in 2004/2005.
He put his money where his expertise was, changing and adapting the house’s heating to a far more efficient and economical air-to-water facility that powers the underfloor heating and lower-level radiators upstairs.
Fortunately, everything worked and the move was worth it, moving into a future of rising oil, gas and solid fuel prices and restrictions while improving viability for the whole family.
He admits he was a little nervous when he started keeping the old oil boiler as a replacement “just in case” since retrofitting such new heat sources and pumps to existing systems in older homes is still a learning curve for many .
He adds that he is now more confident when customers ask him about heating upgrades, as he rightly points out when he asks people to spend up to 10,000 euros on a new, alternative heat source when retrofitting energy: “You want it to be sure that it will work perfectly for them ”.
Whole stone facade on Walnut Creek
He bought Walnut Creek just a few years ago and moved into a single family home on large rural grounds in a place called Kilmona, which is almost on the outskirts of Cork City.
It is just off the N20 near Whitechurch on this side of the Cork-Mallow / Limerick Road, but is also part of the Grenagh Township, and Grenagh is on the other side of that road. This street? Who remembers the “old” Mallow Road, that winding route of the old days that had more twists and turns on its modest length than any notorious spaghetti junction?
This original Mallow Road is now a far safer and quieter road, and Walnut Creek is 0.79 hectares along the Cork-Mallow / Dublin railway line on the other side and a little further down.
Walnut Creek is sizeable inside and out
It’s one of a handful of fairly large detached houses in decent locations, and residents here emphasize easy access to Cork City on one or both streets, as well as Blarney, Mallow, and more that are just a little “under the radar” places.
The family bought here in 2017, with the price register showing Walnut Creek then sold for € 320,000. Kilmona’s other sales range from under this amount to as much as € 575,000 in 2014.
Back then, Walnut Creek was inhabited by a single man who hadn’t used the upper floor of the large dormer bungalow, but that has now been fixed. It is completely finished on all levels and can accommodate up to seven bedrooms. However, it is used by its current residents with a wider range of space uses including a home gym / studio, home office, large game room / den … and a few more.
It’s freshly launched with Sherry FitzGerald’s agents Sheila O’Flynn and Gillian McDonnell carrying an AMV of € 595,000 and qualifies for a walk-in job description.
Outwardly, it is characterized by things like limestone, which disguises the entire exterior in all four aspects with soldier-like brick lintels and door arches, which must have been a tedious task to achieve a high standard.
It is on the front / street side of its good grounds and has a private garden with stone flags, a very large deck, and raised beds ready to infiltrate summer life. Outside the stone surface, which ages very gently and remains maintenance free, there is an additional rainwater tank, barbecue area and a recently built tall wooden fence and gate connecting the main house to a recently added large steeltech shed with roller door – perfect for storage, sports equipment , Hobby equipment, workshop or bike shop – with safety functions for the owner’s small, curated collection of immaculate motorcycles.
Kilmonas Walnut Creek takes its name from the abundant use of walnut woods found in many of the rooms on the ground floor, including several bedrooms, and especially in the large living / dining rooms, which are led down by a tiled hall and entry point and pivot point A few steps and super bright, access to a large south-west facing terrace.
On the far left is a huge family kitchen / dining room with a long central island and units with white stone countertops on one side and a walk-in pantry / bar on the opposite side.
There is also a large utility with sheltered access to the garden from this room and another room flow down into the living and dining room, one step down with walnut flooring. This main hub of the house has a stone fireplace at the end of the dining area and a large TV screen mounted on the wall as a sort of second stove.
The undisputed master bedroom is at the far end of the house, almost the size of an apartment, and has an arched window with blinds overlooking the rear garden. It has a large dressing room / walk-in robe, complete with oak railings and shelves. The private bathroom is tiled with a double-sided freestanding bathtub and described by Sherry FitzGerald as a cave shower cubicle with a lavish rain shower.
Two other bedrooms on the main floor, overlooking the lawn and the driveway, share a Jack and Jill bathroom. Another multi-purpose room / home office is also located on the ground floor.
Above there are several more bedrooms / multi-purpose rooms with built-in storage space and Veluxes in the sloping ceilings. One has an en-suite bathroom and another at the front, used as a gym, has a round window over the main entrance door.
Walnut Creek sellers are trying to move to the west side of Cork City, and as kids move out for college years, they’re likely to get a little smaller near older generations of families and homestead roots.
Internally, it’s a very different house than it was four years ago and is now fully completed and colonized. It is ready to resume family accommodation, even on a school bus route, and with talks about reopening a train station in Stoneview, Blarney.
As part of the government’s National Development Agency for 2040 to empower the populations of Cork and Limerick and encourage greater economic ties, work on the M20 is expected to begin in the coming years at an estimated cost of EUR 1.2 billion.
It will transform the current N20 into another status of “old Mallow Road” and will likely run from Blarney / North Ring Road past Mallow, bypassing Buttevant and Charleville, making even Limerick a closer drive once it gets to Year 2027 is completed.
Large and well equipped house in an accessible neighborhood in the north of the city.