THERE’S a robust build quality - and both house and site-purchase options – at Clogheen, a detached and quite sizeable five-bed family home, in the very heart of Douglas’s Hettyfield.
On its very wide site, and west facing to the back, it comes to market as a emptied nest, trade-down move by its owners for the past several decades, who acquired it from the Mockler family, one of Cork city’s furriers into the mid 1900.
As it comes for sale, it’s guided at €725,000 by estate agents Kevin Barry and Terry Hayes of Barry Auctioneers, and they also have its side garden to sell as a separate lot, with full planning in place for a detached, slender two-bed, two storey home to its right hand side.
That 0.11 acre site’s set to replace the existing detached garage, and is separately guided at €225,000, as the owners have opted not to build themselves right alongside, as some other Hettyfield owners with equally large gardens have successfully done, in the quite recent past.
The current owners have minded and polished Clogheen, tended and planted up its mature and very private gardens, as well as making it highly adaptable to a range of new family uses, thanks to the addition of a good-sized (c 20’ by 15’) ground floor en suite bedroom, with bay window, all set up for easy access.
That side addition could be ideal for anyone with mobility issues, an older relative, a favoured child, or could as readily be repurposed for other uses, such as home office, or a den, and as a bonus it has double doors to the back garden and decking, set flush to the room’s internal floor level.
But, it’s not as if there’s a shortage of other living rooms, in any case.
Clogheen has reception rooms left and right of the gleaming parquet-floored hall, each with front-facing bay windows, and the one on the left is both deep, and double aspect, with a gas insert fireplace at the far, internal end,and has an ornate coved ceiling and original varnished pine floor.
Across the hall, the other reception room, in effect a formal dining room, has a serving hatch back to the kitchen/family dining room behind, where another ‘relic of old decency’ can be espied, a small set of servant’s bells put in in Clogheen’s earlier days, almost anachronistic all the same for the mid 1900s.
The kitchen has dark oak style unit and some ceiling beams, the floor’s tiled and off it is a rear, almost full-width further reception rooms, also tiled, and that in turn leads out to a wide, and very bright, west facing sun room, with tiled roof, wood-sheeted ceiling, and wide, oak floor boards, and double doors to the rear patio, and decking.
Overall, Hettyfield’s Clogheen now has over 2,800 sq ft, and apart from the expansive ground floor accomodation has four first-floor bedrooms, all of them doubles, with a split in the stairs to the front rooms and to the extra large, wide master bedroom to the back, with tall west-facing dormer roof, some apex glazing and this room has both a walk-in dressing room/robe, and en suite shower room, while the main bathroom has a deep, long cast iron bath.
Overall condition and maintenance levels are very good (it’s been underpinned and seems rock solid,) the grounds include an extensive brick-paved drive or apron, with carefully tended beds of shrubs, and there’s a D1 BER. Next owners might opt to update the kitchen units, or change a few colours, but any and all of that is quite optional, and at 2,840 sq ft, there’s space aplenty, inside as well as outside.
The location is pretty much premium, it’s as leafy old Douglas as it comes, close to the Well Road, the village of Douglas and to a range of schools, both primary and secondary: the €1m barrier has been breached in the past, on more than a few occasions, and some very upmarket homes have slipped into sites also.
Launched in recent days, along with its adjacent site, there’s going to be broad appeal for both house and site with FPP from a range of buyers, traders up for the house and almost certainly traders down for the adjacent garden site: might some buyers go all out, and buy both, and consider their own options over time? If they do, they’ll be sparing a magnificent magnolia tree behind the garage, whose days, otherwise, might well be numbered!
VERDICT: Options, and even if the site goes separately, there’s still very decent gardens left over for a family to disport on.