Changes are ahead, but behind in Douglas

Changes are finally afoot over the back wall of 13 Rathmore Lawn, a pretty ‘standard issue’ three-bed semi-d, built in the mid-1900s and which has, ever since it was first built, had acres of farmland alongside and an ancient cobbled courtyard and stabling to its rear.

However the seven-acre land parcel, used for growing cereal crops into the 21st century in the heart of suburban Douglas and owned by the Whitaker family of Johnson & Perrott motoring fame, went up for sale in late 2018, with a second round of offers from keen-eyed local and national developers expected via Savills in coming weeks.

The eventual sale, via a licensing process, will see the Whitaker family (who’ll continue to live alongside Rathmore Lawn) involved in whatever is to be built until planning is granted and a sale closes. In all likelihood, and given values of up to and even over €1m an acre, it will be a quite high density and high-quality apartment scheme.

It’s likely to be a headline maker, for several reasons, and keenly watching what will be proposed will be the long-established local ‘burbs, and neighbours backing the stubble field in estates like Tramore Lawn and Rathmore Lawn.

In advance of any changes, No 13 Rathmore Lawn comes for sale, and it’s east facing long back garden looks to the tree line and boundary of the Whitaker family lands, where there’s a hidden old stable complex nestled in mature mixed woodland.

No 13 is guided at €385,000 by estate agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, and it’s a D1 BER-rated home, just shy of 1,100 sq ft and west facing, basic but clean and tidy in its layout and presentation, likely to have been an investment property of late given its sparse look.

Now, it’s likely to go the private owner-occupier route, with enough space to the back for an extension, as many of the Rathmore Lawn and Rhodaville Estate neighbours have opted to do. Whatever is eventually built at the adjoining property is likely to have some visual impact at the least, though is unlikely to obstruct morning sunlight.

Now 13 comes just weeks after No 10 Rathmore Lawn got offered for sale at €375k: that’s a similar three-bed, with a E1 BER andis on a corner site. No 10 had good pre-Christmas viewings (via Savills,) including one just a day or two prior to the 25th, from a viewer back for the holidays, and set to relocate to Cork.

VERDICT: Super-convenient and well-serviced location.

    Douglas, Cork

    Price: €385,000

    Size: 102 sq m (1,090 sq ft)

    Bedrooms: 3

    Bathrooms: 2

    BER: D1


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