Tommy Barker says it’s sunny side up for this detached large corner site property with architect-tweaked sunroom in Mount Oval Village.
THERE have been surprisingly few resales at the Wrenbank element of Cork’s Mount Oval Village development: in fact, the Price Register shows just one since 2010, and that was when No 10 sold for €420,000, in 2015.
So, it won’t just be active home hunters who’ll have an interest in the arrival of No 21 Wrenbank to the market: neighbours living in the niche section of just 21 detacheds will also have a weather eye out on pricing and sales progress of this architect-tweaked detached home.
It’s on a large corner site with extra garden on the side, has a big patio, rear sun-room add-on, and is priced at €480,000 by estate agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing Associates. Right now, there’s a fair cross-section of resales on offer in this O’Flynn Construction Mount Oval setting, little and large, which is hardly surprising, given it now totals well over 800 houses and apartments.
When the 21 Wrenbank four-bed detacheds launched back in 2002, at the N28/Slí Carrig Donn-end of Mount Oval by Arkeale, the two-storey 1,380 sq ft builds were priced at €315,000.
Completed in ’04, and effectively the first house on the right on entering from the N28, but nicely set back by a green and cul de sac, No 21 resold at least once since then, and its previous owners added on a single storey sun room to the back/side with south and west aspects, off the kitchen, designed by Coughlan de Keyser Architects.
Externally it has cedar cladding, and has thermally broken glazing and double doors done by Classic Windows, who also did the same glazing for the family/TV room, while the roof is a Sarnafil membrane, by M&S roofing.
Internally, it got changes too from a standard fit-out of the day: the flooring in the sun room is tumbled marble, and the same above-spec is featured again on the kitchen floor, while units in a pale, flat cherry laminated topped with white quartz are by the Italian company Scavolini via Cork company David Kiely.
The floor area now has been pushed up to c 1,560 sq ft, so it’s got about 180 sq ft more than when first built. Altered too along the way of the last 15 years was the first floor, where the original layout of four bedrooms was adjusted to comprise three bedrooms plus dressing room: there’s been no loss of space, and any next owners have the options to continue this use, or to reinstate a fourth bedroom if they need to.
Overall condition is very good, and it’s recently redecorated, has new carpets (the treated cedar could do with a quick resanding and varnishing, though) and No 21’s also set a bit apart visually by the range of wallpapers used upstairs and down.
Rooms include a front living room with fireplace, coving and bay window and it has a polished, dark wood floor, which also runs though the hall. Separately, there is a TV/family den, kitchen, utility, guest WC and the sun-room serves as a dining section, accessed from and open to the kitchen as it is.
VERDICT: Nicely different.
Mount Oval, Cork
Size: 145 sq m (1,560 sq ft)