By Tommy Barker
ONE into four does go. The last time the Irish Examiner visited a certain southside suburban bungalow, on a corner site, in Cork’s Beaumont/Dundanion Road, it was to view a 1,200 sq ft mid 1900s home on an enviable 0.4 acre site, priced at €435,000.
Back in 2015, we noted a raft of building activity, extensions and upgrades in the hinterland and concluded that “No 37’s great gardens mean something very special could be built here, either a single home... or several.”
Turns out, the 1940s bungalow sold for €560,000 and four new builds have fitted quite comfortably on the 136’ by 138’ squared site on Beaumont Drive Upper.
And, all three are three-storey five-beds, getting extra square footage on their corner site footprint thanks to going up the extra level.
As a result, there’s now c 8,500 sq ft of living and sleeping space across the four, including 20 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms, with easy-run costs thanks to A3 BER ratings, and creature comforts: it’s a far cry from the original E2 rated three-bed, one-bath house at No 37, clearly worth far more dead than alive.
Behind the upmarket scheme which has been christened Dundanion Place, in lieu of the more prosaic No 37 and with a stylised dandelion motif as a brand, is developer Gerard McNamee of Lucent Homes, and it gets a launch/release of all four on Saturday next, April 21, via agent Elizabeth Hegarty of Savills Cork.
Prices start at €650,000 for a 1,842 sq ft semi-d, a detached of 2,208 sq ft is €740,000, and the largest, detached, on the corner site, is €815,000.
The agency is confident of good interest due to location, new-stock status, a tally of five bedrooms in all types, and the fact there’s only four in all.
Taken as whole, they’re a good-looking collection, set off by quality Ibstock brick and smooth render at the lower facade level, and the brick wraps around the side too of the largest ‘A’ type, where there’s also a bit of zinc roofing over the front entrance which, confusingly at first, is on the side.
Contractors on site for Lucent Homes are Bardsley Developments, who’ve done a lot of one-offs in Cork’s suburbs to a high spec through the downturn, and they’re well finished, with quality plastering and sanitary ware.
Heating is underfloor at ground level, via an air to water Daikin electrical set-up, with wood-burning stoves in the front living rooms (there’s a PC sums of €16,000-€20,000 for final finishes, kitchen choice, flooring, built-ins, etc).
The south-facing houses are deep on their sites (with lots of windows on the side walls between the detacheds,) with front reception rooms and rear, more open plan kitchen/living/dining areas, with access to limestone-paved patios.
The €815k A type also has a study/playroom and, then as you’d expect, room sizes drop a bit as you go down from 2,572 sq ft to 1,842 sq ft.
Room configurations alter slightly too across the three types upstairs, and all have four bedrooms at first-floor level, with the fifth, en-suite bedroom on the uppermost floor, all fully building reg compliant, points out Savills agent Elizabeth Hegarty.
Again, as expected the A gets things like a master bed en-suite with walk-in robe, and the B and the C type semis each have two first-floor en-suite bedrooms (but no dressing room). The top floors add another level of options, as well as adding 300-500 sq ft more overall accommodation, ideal for older children, au pairs, or parents of older children who’ll be happy to remain aloof aloft, and leave the mid level to the kids.
Savills say they expect strong trading up and relocating buyer interest in the main, and the location’s excellent, near a huge range of schools, shops, services, and sports facilities in the Douglas/Blackrock/Ballintemple/Beaumont hinterland. As we noted in 2015, and it’s as evident today with a plethora of trades vans and high-vis jackets, this mature suburban catchment is hive of construction/renovation/extension activity, with lots of glazed and ‘grey box’ add-ons springing up.
VERDICT: In the midst of Beaumont’s solid appeal (a C2 rated detached 1,600 sq ft four-bed at 9 Dundanion Road is on the Register in Jan 2018 at €665,000), Dundanion Place’s trump card is price certainty over buying and then upgrading, and a brand new, A-rated product in a niche site.
Beaumont, Cork City
Size: 1,842-2,572 sq ft