This charming four-bed in the heart of Cork City is sure to attract plenty of interest, says Tommy Barker
Mardyke, Cork City
Size: 150sq m (1,600sq ft)
About the only thing missing from the charm-offensive that is 4 Laurel Villas is a green lawn... and, you’d hardly miss that, what with the wonders of Cork city’s wonderful public Fitzgerald’s Park and playground directly across the road.
Listed just these dog-days of August market lull, this late Victorian/early Edwardian era end- terrace home on Mardyke Walk is for sale with a €375,000 price guide quoted by Savills’ agents Claire Dennehy and Michael O’Donovan, who say it has been a much-loved home in its present ownership.
In very good order, and with lots of retained original architectural features plus added comfort such as double glazing and gas central heating plus a wood-burning stove, It’s a four-bed home with optional uses for a top level attic room, which has built-ins and an adjoining shower room.
At ground, it has two reception rooms, one fore with a bay window, the other aft, and each have fireplaces. Further to the back is a kitchen, a bright utility and an add-on lean-to sun room with access to the south-facing, paved back garden/yard which has been attractively planted up. Visible over the side wall are the ‘American’ red brick houses at Annaville, on the Western Road.
In front, No 4 Laurel Villas’ good-sized garden is paved with cobble lock, with off-street parking, and hedge boundaries.
VERDICT: A period home buy on the doorstep of a public park, next to sports facilities including a swimming pool, near UCC and the Bons, and walk to the city centre. It should fly.
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