Thursday 25 December 2014

Anyone for Ahakista? Graham Norton uses Twitter power to help neighbours sell Irish home

Published 08/07/2014 | 22:49

Credit: Twitter/Graham Norton/CMC Estate Agents

Superstar BBC chatshow host Graham Norton has given his Irish next door neighbours a great big helping hand by assisting them via twitter in selling their home.

The Father Ted star, who has more than 800,000 followers on the social media site, tweeted:  “Anyone looking for a house? Kitchen Cove, Ahakista, Ahakista, Cork” and then he lists the name of the agents Charles McCarthy.

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The four bedroom house at Kitchen Cove in Durrus is two doors from Graham’s and his period house is clearly visible from the garden. The house is on the market for €1.2m in the scenic West Cork waterside paradise.

The Kitchen Cove house is owned by an English couple who are friendly with Norton and bought into the area just before the chat show compere acquired his own home, Ahakista House.

The star bought in 2003, spent €1.6m acquiring his property and then dropped another fortune on restoring the 19th century waterside villa  through a local firm of architects. Despite the property market crash, agents believe his home is worth as much as €2m today.

“With English buyers being prime contenders for this property, Graham has greatly boosted their chances of finding a buyer,” said a spokesman for the agents who claims to have two parties interested already.

Norton spends two months every summer in the area and immerses himself in the community. He has compered local community events and mixes in the local bars and cafes on his time off from his busy TV and radio schedule.

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