Douglas Road home is all retro style, in sound nick too

This four-bed home is in rock-solid order, with ‘personable’ aspect and presentation, and a strong selling location.

Douglas Road, Cork €450,000

Size: 124 sq m (1,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER: Pending

Best Feature: Aspect

One of the better suburban Cork semi-ds early out of the traps for the New Year is Oakdene, a four-bed home in rock-solid order, with ‘personable’ aspect and presentation, and a strong selling location.

Oakdene (11, Tramore Lawn) is a broad-fronted c 1,300 sq ft two-storey home at the far/eastern end of the main Douglas Road, and as underpinning work has been done already prior to sale, it’s quite a box ticker, with little to be done bar perhaps update some decor and fit a more modern kitchen.

Launching just last week via agent Anthony O’Regan of Keane Mahony Smith at €450,000, it’s a clean buy; it has a west-facing patio garden, high-walled boundaries, and it was extended previously for a larger-than-original kitchen, which proudly displays its 1970s Murray Kitchens’ style units, in a glossy sage green.

To compete the pleasant retro look in this 18’ by 14’ double-aspect room room, there are matching green wall tiles, green floral window blinds, some parana pine sheeted ceiling sections with fluorescent strip lights, stainless steel sink and drainer, formica tops on units and breakfast bar and a vinyl floor — and it’s all in good nick.

No 11 has two reception rooms overlooking the front garden, each is 14’ by 12, both have fireplaces (one’s electric) and one has a bay window, plus there’s an inner hall, a guest WC, and a 9’ by 7’ study.

Upstairs are four bedrooms, carpeted and wallpapered, and one has a vanity unit.

Windows have been redone, and are double-glazed, there’s oil central heating, and externally there’s a garage, boilerhouse, potting shed, and even an outside loo.

Comparable and neighbouring sales at the well-regarded Tramore Lawn address have risen well from the 2011 sale of a do-er up for €320,000, and more recent sales of these four-bed semis have been €385,000, €410,000, plus one already done up and extended over a decade ago, which made €492,000.

VERDICT: A clean buy

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