Named with a delightful sense of innocence, or directness, is this Cork address, Doctors Road — and, no, it’s not the hinterlands of Orchard Road by the Bon Secours, the Hayfield or Heatherfield developments or even Bishopstown’s Highfield. All of those prescriptive ‘good’ Cork addresses have a preponderance of medics in situ, buying and selling.
They are the sort of places where, if you carelessly threw a stone, there’s a good chance whoever you hit with it could sew themselves up, back to rights. However, lest you get too careless, those salubrious ‘suburbanised’ addresses have a few lawyers lurking within them too...
This Doctors Road is, however, set out at Glanmire, on an elevated setting by Sarsfields Court, below the sprawling 117-acre campus of the 1950s-built St Stephen’s Hospital, overlooking Glanmire village and the wooded Glashaboy River.
That vista and aspect is almost fully south-facing, and the airiness of the setting means plentiful lung-fulls of fresh air, and good light: little wonder that the site was chosen back in the 1950s for development of a sanatorium, to tackle the mid-1900s scourge of TB.
St Stephen’s Hospital, and indeed its doctors, must have served their purpose, as TB was gotten to grips with, and the dozen or so disparate medical blocks at Sarsfields Court have gone on to fill other medical-related purposes since, in a deliberately low-key manner.
So, it’s possibly only because of the arrival of this pleasantly aesthetic home, called Ashmount, on the March 19 property market, that has brought a bit more traffic than usual up the hill to leafy Doctors’ Road.
Built around 1989, and since very smartly extended for a largely open-plan suite of ground-floor rooms (kitchen/living/dining) up to capture sun and views, Ashmount is listed with impressed estate agent Jean Shanahan of DNG Condon, who guides the deceptive, c 2,360 sq ft home at €575,000.
It’s been home to a family and now retired couple who are trading down from this three-quarters acre site, and Ms Shanahan has had up to a dozen viewings already.
Unsurprisingly, it’s going down a treat, but has yet to get that elusive first bid, but that shouldn’t be long forthcoming.
One of the owners has retired from teaching, but also has a talent in art, and as a result the home is filled with paintings, sketches, ceramics, and sculpture. Some bold uses of colour, especially blues, help to give it real personality.
In fact, it’s nearly a house of two halves. When glimpsed from the outside, it looks like a relatively modest bungalow, and in fact, as Ms Shanahan observes, “many of the house built around here at that time originally were quite modestly-sized, especially in relation to those of later decades.”
It was extended to the front during its own later years, and is faced in timber cladding, looking almost like some US homestead, with a full-width add-on under a continuation of the dormer roof slope.
This new, front wall of glass has twin sets of patio doors, opening to an outdoor sit-out area, not quite stoop, which has been raised up to meet the internal floor levels, and then the landscaped gardens and grounds start to slope down and away, to include a feature pond and a tiered rockery.
There’s up to five bedrooms in all, with two at ground level plus a bathroom, so if new occupants don’t need all five, they’ll easily find study/studio/home office etc. uses for one or two.
The main, open-plan living area and kitchen have beech flooring, as does the hall with double-height stairwell, and up above there’s landing-set den/office by the master bedroom, both with dark, midnight-sky blue wall finishes and panelling. The main bedroom is en suite, with walk-in robes, and this upper/dormer also has two further bedrooms, plus a main bathroom with a shower over bath.
Externally, there’s a large 36’x16’ Steel Tech shed at the garden’s lower boundary, and up above by the entrance is a detached 26’x19’ double garage, so for hobbyists, DIYers, boat owners, camper van owners, or vintage or sports car fans, there’s plenty of dry storage/workspace already to hand.
Just what the doctor ordered.