By Madeline O’Connor
The star has used his huge Twitter presence to give his next door neighbours a hand in selling their home.
Graham Norton’s 800,000-odd followers probably helped their plight when the chat-show host tweeted: “Anyone looking for a house? Kitchen Cove, Ahakista, Ahakista (sic), Cork” before listing the name of the estate agents Charles McCarthy.
The house in question, owned by an English couple who are friendly with Norton, is a grand four-bedroom property at Kitchen Cove in Durrus, a popular West Cork holiday location. It’s just two doors down from the celebrity, whose period home can be seen from their garden. It was put on the market for €1.2m (£950,000).
A spokesman for Charles McCarthy Estate Agents, which claims to have two parties already interested in Kitchen Cove, both from the UK, said that with English buyers being ‘prime contenders’ for the property, Norton had given the owners a much bigger chance of finding a buyer by tweeting the info.
Twitter to help sell properties is a growing trend amongst estate agents, who encourage clients to create a website and tweet the details in the hope that they will be retweeted. The first person to completely sell his house via Twitter was Peter Bouvier uin the UK, four years ago. He sold his two-bed terrace for £171,500 – saving a lot of money on fees and commission payments.
Norton, who also has a house in Wapping, East London bought his 19th century Cork home in 2003, spending €1.6m to purchase it then a lot more restoring it with the help of local company Edge Architecture. According to local agents, the property is now worth some €2m (£1.59m).
He spends roughly two months every summer in his Cork haven and is known for getting involved in the life of the local community, mixing freely in local bars and cafes and hosting local events.
His pal’s house in Kitchen Cove, like his by the waterfront, has a private slipway to launch boats from and a view of the scenic Dunmanus Bay. Inside the 2,200 sq ft space are stone floors and rustic-style timber beamed ceilin