Blackrock still has plenty of pulling power, as two €1.75m+ deals are secured writes Tommy Barker.
At long last, the Price Register is posting up details on two of the largest private house sales in Cork’s Blackrock suburb for some time — lest monied locals were worried that €1m-plus sales there had caught a Brexit chill.
The ‘Big Note’ sales duo are practically back-to-back location- and geography-wise, by Ballintemple, and have come in as done deals at €1.75m and €1.825m.
Despite an understandable lull at the very upper end of the city’s domestic property market, given global and economic uncertainties, new occupants have been found for Temple Lawn House, a 4,600 sq ft period home in Ballintemple belonging to the Dineen family on 1.5 acres, making exactly its asking price via Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, bought by a low-profile Irish purchaser living overseas.
And, over its back boundary, work is already under way rejigging the even larger 7,000 sq ft Coraville, architect-embellished to an almost commercial building and B2-rated standard for its 2018 vendor businessman/developer/lawyer Clayton Love Minor and family.
That sold via Trish Stokes of Lisney; it made €1.825m, and was bought by another ‘old Cork family,’ a new younger generation of the Hegarty clan (also of considerable Munster development and property backgrounds). Hegartys had previously owned the ‘old’ Coraville, of ‘just’ 3,200 sq ft, selling it in 2005 for a then-reported €1.6m.
Since 2005, it more than doubled in size, at considerable cost, and is now getting yet another personalised makeover, back once more in Hegarty hands.
Well, for the rest of us, it makes the arrival of the Blackrock hinterland No 4 Barnstead Drive, at a quoted €735,000-plus via Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co auctioneers, look very manageable indeed.
Set off Church Rd, it’s a good-sized, detached home, extended in the early 2000s so that now there’s about 2,350 sq ft, all in very good condition.
It’s got some cedar trim, as per the standard for the mid-1900s developed Barnstead cul de sac, some excellent joinery features plus glass block wall divides, with a study, family room, double reception room and a large kitchen/living/breakfast room with maple floor, along with elevated rear garden with southerly aspect. It has four bedrooms, plus a spiral stairs to further attic rooms for storage.
Mr Guerin describes No 4 Barnstead Drive as a substantial family home, in a great location and one which has been “significantly extended in recent years and incorporates many additional and attractive features”.
Meanwhile, also within Barnstead Drive is the larger (2,770 sq ft), corner-set No 15, under offer at €750,000 but under its May 2019 launch €850,000 guide with agent Timothy Sullivan, while the same agent has the original early 1800s Barnstead House, on Church Rd, now ‘sale agreed’ at just over €800,000.
In keeping with this roll call of wealthy Cork family surnames, Barnstead House was itself once owned by the Dunne family, of retail empire fine fortunes.
There might be a slowdown, but Cork’s Blackrock and its sister suburbs are holding their own.