House of the Week: Cool, calm and collectable at Cork's classical-sounding Temple Vale

House of the Week: Cool, calm and collectable at Cork's classical-sounding Temple Vale

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  • Price: €670,000
  • Size: 160 sq m (1,722 sq ft)
  • Bedrooms: 4/5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • BER: E1

THERE’S a reassuring ‘heft’ to the look of houses in Cork’s suburban Temple Vale — they are as robust and solid inside as they appear from outside, across their square-faced, assymetric front facades.

The development of about 40 detached houses, in a well-surrounded Beaumont enclave in the city’s southern suburbs, and with a very large, level green at their core, dates back to 1970s and into the 1980s, and was delivered by a number of Cork residential builders.

One of Temple Vale’s builders mid-to upper-market development legacy in Cork included one-offs around Dundanion Road, Ashwood, on the Skehard Road, and many of the Janeville detached houses off the Blackrock Road opposite Lindville in Ballintemple, with Janeville’s burly detacheds also gable fronted, similar to Temple Vale.

Now heading up to their middle age, at 40+ years, houses at Beaumont’s Temple Vale are only rarely put up for sale, at best with one a year on average over the past few years, and while our own records show at least four over the past five years being offered for sale, just two feature so far on the Price Register.

Top seller was No 18, which went to market over two years ago guiding at €650,000, with a quoted 2,200 sq ft and which sold by 2018 for €720,000. Prior to that No 6 Temple Vale sold in 2017 for a reported €571,000.

Now, into this quite rare echelon comes No 34 Temple Vale, also called San Anton, and while it appears to be a smaller build than No 18’s 2,200 sq ft, at a gauged 1,720 sq ft, it’s priced between the levels of the last two transactions.

Estate agent Ann O’Mahony and Stuart O’Grady of Sherry FitzGerald guide ther four/five-bed No 34 at €670,000, and say it’s been in the one family’s hands for all of its tenure to date since 1979, and was always a well-minded home.

House of the Week: Cool, calm and collectable at Cork's classical-sounding Temple Vale

Now trading down/moving on time, it went to market in the past few days, while stock levels of good second-hand trading up options are thin, so it should get early viewing traction.

Two-storey, with no attic conversions or extension to really remark upon, it could be bought and moved into or bought and extended/upgraded, if bidders have the wherewithal and the stamina to bring in a design and build team at this heavy ‘renovation/retrofit’ demand pinch-point period in the Cork suburban house market.

(There’s growing anecdotal evidence of architects and builders not keen on projects below the €200k spend mark, and in Dublin the threshold level of cash needed to stir an architect and builder and galvanise them into action on a site is being put loosely at as much as €400k.)

Suburban Cork’s No 34 Temple Vale is in a section linking past the entrance by Beaumont Crescent and the green (pic right), going on into Berkeley, an even more withdrawn estate, built a decade of so after Temple Lawn, which has about two dozen detached homes around another green. Pointedly, resales in Berkeley are as rare also, with the last showing five years back, with No 2 making €575,000 in 2015.

So, even on that sort of cursory analysis, this is a trade-up/relocate location that people wait for, pounce on, and then tend to stick with for the long haul. Sherry Fitz almost underplay the setting, describing it as quiet and mature, and in its current layout San Anton/No 34 has four first floor bedrooms, one of them en suite, with a ground floor room also used as a fifth bedroom/study, with en suite/attached bathroom with fully tiled shower.

Separately there’s a front reception room (pictured, above) with an open fire, with an arched opening on one side of the chimney, leading to a rear dining room with garden access via a sliding door: the double aspect and linkage is useful, without being an overly open plan layout.

House of the Week: Cool, calm and collectable at Cork's classical-sounding Temple Vale

In addition, there’s a further sitting room with access to the kitchen/dining area, plus a utility.

Sherry Fitz’s Stuart O’Grady says it needs modernisation, but is “ready for new owners to put their own stamp on the property and reap the benefits of this lovely setting.”

VERDICT: Something calming and nearly classical about the address Temple Vale, Beaumont.

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