Tommy Barker wants to award a medal to this handsome, extensive family home in a highly-desirable Cork suburb.
Size: 166 sq m (1,776 sq ft)
DESERVING of a gold medal for a tasty house turnaround are the owners of Silver Lodge, a young couple who’ve managed a house renovation and the arrival of three daughters, all within the last six years.
And, now with the third child having been a welcome and safe arrival just before Christmas, and with their oldest due to start in national school later this year, they still have the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to take on another home project in the vicinity in Ballinlough, Cork City.
A young couple, with West Cork and Galway roots, their friends, and some family too, think they’re mad to be upping sticks and seeking to move so shortly after having done all the changes they wanted to the privately-sited and screened Silver Lodge/1 Silverdale Grove, a c 1980s detached home within Silverdale’s Grove,
In a way, they have family too to blame/thank for making them unintentionally restless, as it was a parent of the woman of this house who told her in 2019 that another house had come up for sale, in a setting she had always loved, and who casually suggested they should go have a look at it.
They could barely wait for baby No 3 to arrive, and for Christmas to be over, as they were smitten by the even larger home they’d casually enough gone to view.
They’re in the last stages of buying it, and so their first labour of love, Silver Lodge, is fresh to market this month, listed with estate agents James G Coughlan in the past few days, and priced at what seems to be a very manageable €525,000, especially given there’s not a thing at all needed doing or seen to, once in new hands.
It’s tucked away just off Churchyard Lane in Ballinlough, within the older estate of Silverdale which runs in sections from Ballinlough by the Sliver Key bar, around to the Skehard Road, and back to the public park and multiple amenities at Beaumont.
Given that the area got suburbanised about 50 years ago, there’s every service and amenity almost on the doorstep, including a great choice of schools, and it’s also along one of the most frequent bus routes in all of Cork, from the city to the business and retail parks and homes at Mahon.
Little wonder its occupants aren’t moving too far away.
Silver Lodge is set on a corner, just by the Grove section of Silverdale, within a cul de sac housing a couple of dozen semi-ds, and with a triangular green in at the far end.
Silver Lodge is a bit ahead of most of the neighbours, both in terms of age and its detached status, while the quality of landscaping is also on a higher level than most, done to a generous budget, with a mix of soft and hard landscaping, raised beds, and planters, and with a perfect south aspect to the rear of the property.
Here, the crowning glory is actually at ground level, and it’s a large patio, ringed in dry Liscannor stone walling and finished underfoot in grey marble, and, surprisingly, non-slip when wet.
It’s a bit of a sheltered glory, a useful enough private outdoor area with a small lawn, a screen of laurels and, facing them along another neighbour’s boundary is a high block and render wall, in lieu of an old hedge that had lost the run of itself.
The vendors are the third owners to date of Silver Lodge, negotiating and buying it directly from its previous occupants who’d been here for about 15 years.
It wasn’t bad at all then, but it’s even better now, with wall sections taken down and opes created to make for a new and more efficient kitchen/family room configuration.
They also put an extra window in to the back of what’s now a family/dining room next to the kitchen, making it double aspect and extra bright.
They also slabbed the internal ground-floor walls for better insulation standards, a sort of ‘belt-and-braces’ approach as the previous owners had already pumped expanding foam insulation into the cavity walls of this brick-and-dash exterior finish detached one-off.
Across the other side of this very wide home (there’s an attached garage linking to a utility room past the kitchen and a den/play room) is the home’s very largest space, a front-to-back living room, about 28’ by nearly 16’ wide, with two internal arches.
They didn’t have to knock walls to get this size of main reception space, but they did install a wide, gas-flame fire/stove in a wall, and then opened up the house’s back corner, with a floor-to-ceiling corner window set up by Munster Joinery, double-glazed, with sliding doors and with an alu-clad exterior finish.
This window floods the room with light from the south, and offers up the best of the expensively-landscaped garden views once you approach and stand into its corner.
Good and all as the kitchen is, this is sure to be the spot in this home where occupants would put their red disc, as in their favourite spot, à la the RTÉ show Home of the Year.
All in, there is over 1,750 sq ft of living space here, with the larger portion of this at ground level.
Overhead are four bedrooms, all a good size, even if none’s massive.
The largest, at 13’ by 11’ is en suite, while the smallest at 8’ square is still a grand size for a small child, and there’s a family bathroom with a bath and an overhead shower.
Decor is fresh and neutral. The overall condition is in walk-in order, and the BER’s now a C3, up from a D after alterations, and there’s privacy and security, with a monitored alarm and sliding electric gates, with separate pedestrian access gate.
With a strong selling foothold in this south city locale, auctioneer Jim Coughlan is confident of Silver Lodge’s quality.
He observes: “Rarely does a property with incredible finish, beautifully landscaped gardens, and a superb location, come to the market — but Silver Lodge has all three in spades.”
VERDICT: Silver Lodge should take gold in the viewing stakes.