Rowan Hill homes seem to be on a bit of roll, and No 26 is a prime example, says Tommy Barker.
Having sold the house right next door only a few months ago estate agent Barry Smith could be forgiven for feeling he knows the run of these Rowan Hill homes as well as any of the neighbours.
As January ground to a chilly close, Mr Smith got the sale of the family home at No 26 Rowan Hill, in a cul de sac section of the Mount Oval Rochestown development and with a warm, west-aspected rear, onto the market, and priced it at €385,000 on its launch.
One might suspect he’d be pretty close on his valuations, as he sold the adjacent No 27 Rowan Hill for €383,000 according to a Price Register November 2018 entry (that right-next-door No 27 also featured a year earlier, in ‘17 at €340,000) and the Register shows 74 sales in this Rowan Hill section of Mount Oval Village, and a wide variety of prices, right up to a detached at €629,950 also in 2018.
This smart new listing is of a quite standard-sized three-bed semi, of 1,187 sq ft, and is notable for its above-standard level of decor, finishes and restrained good looks.
Sensibly enough, auctioneer Barry Smith of James G Coughlan Associates doesn’t draw direct comparisons between No 26 and the recently sold No 27, which he said was also excellent and very attractive.
But, in this case he says it’s both exquisite and stunning, and is “one of the nicest yet to become available having been lovingly maintained and appointed to a very high standard”.
His vendors are a young, growing family, who are trading up, and have been here at No 26 for about 12 years, he estimates, and says they’ve enhanced it above the norm during their tenure.
It has things like Travertine tiling in the hall, guest WC and kitchen, and the kitchen has black granite worktops, and well-regarded Cork company Glenline has done the units, radiator covers, bedroom built-ins, and more.
Flooring in the front reception room is solid oak, and the room also has a gas insert fire in a white marble surround, plus coved ceiling.
Behind No 26 has a dining/family room alongside the kitchen, which is also oak floored.
This back section has a small push-out section for seating, and the extra bit of glazing (with double doors for patio/garden access) means it gets light from quite early on and into the evenings, says the selling agent, and it overlooks the fully enclosed and relatively compact rear garden, and its sun-trap patio.
The garden has block-built boundary walls, with lots of perimeter planting, small lawn with children’s play equipment, paved patio, and a painted garden shed.
Also at ground level is a guest WC (but no utility) and the stairs in the hall is uncarpeted, left in varnished pine, and the varnished floors theme also continues into the first floor’s three bedrooms.
One of the three bedrooms (facing a public green, to the house’s front) is en suite, extensively tiled (Travertine on the floor) with large shower enclosure, electric shower, and overhead Velux.
All three bedrooms have built-ins, and the main family bathroom has a Travertine-tiled floor, a shower over the bath — and, quite unusually in a modern ‘standard’ home, has a Sheila Maid antique-style clothes airer over the bath.
Overall, internal and external condition at No 26 is excellent; the description “walk-in order” is quite rightly trotted out, and it has gas heating, a C1 BER, and parking for a couple of cars on a brick-paved front drive, with attractive planting on either side.
Location-wise, it’s deep within a cul de sac series within Rowan Hill, with just a few houses in the run, and it faces a small open green.
VERDICT: Neighbours of 26 & 27 should be warned, the auctioneer may have his eye on your homes next...
Mount Oval, Rochestown
Size: 111 sq m (1,187 sq ft)