House of the Week: Well-finished red-brick family home in Hayfield

Last year, and right through 2019 also, Cork’s Model Farm Road has been and will continue to be quite the busy-bee spot of new house building, assertive pricing and selling, mostly geared at those with a good mid- to upper price level spending discretion.

There’s a good handful of new homes developments ongoing, such as at O’Flynn Group’s Steeplewoods with prices up to and over €800,000, or at Rosefield with Lugus Capital on the old Nangles nursery site, at prices up to €775,000.

The first sales are turning up on the Price Register, showing at figures net of VAT, as high as €790,000 and €820,000 in the case of the former, and at up to c €660,000 in the case of the latter.

There are more developments yet to break ground in ‘19, plus a key city end site sale with planning in place, but for those who want to move to this sought-after strip, and are in a hurry, proven settings like Hayfield will always do the job.

New to the fledgeling 2019 market is No 13 Hayfield, very good order and well-finished family home of 1,900 sq ft, with four bedrooms, guided on its launch at €640,000 by estate agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing.

It’s quite a few years since a Hayfield house sold: the last, visible on the Price Register, was in 2014, at €611,000, while a handful of others sold prior to that, at prices ranging from €580,000 to €775,000.

The highest recorded price was back in the doldrums of 2010, No 26, a five-bed, at a sizeable €920,000.

One was offered back in October 2017, the four-bed No 15 Hayfield, guided at €750,000 but was taken off the market, so, really all market-watching eyes (Model Farm Road is a Cork address where such things matter very much) now will be on the performance and sales progress of No 13 Hayfield.

Set by Carrigrohane, the red-brick built Hayfield scheme was the most up-market Cork project done by Ruden Homes, to a design by Hogan Architecture, on land which set an early 2000s price record, at €1m an acre for the outer suburbs.

Prices for four-beds rose quickly from a 2003 launch of €490,000 for a four-bed to €630,000 for five beds, and rose strongly over the next year or two, in the latter phases, going well into the €700ks.

It’s now likely that values at Hayfield are back to where the last ‘brand new’ sales were at: will the c 15-year old, walk-in condition No 13 push things much further on?

Auctioneer Brian Olden says No 13’s “a home of real quality, with a well-proportioned layout”, and adds that thec 1,900 sq ft two-storey detached is bright and airy and in a proven development “renowned for its excellent location, large green area and attractive house designs.”

There’s easy access at the Ballincollig end of the Model Farm Road to the south city ring road/bypass in one direction, and the Carrigrohane ‘Straight Road’ is 200 metres downhill, to the north, past Rosefield and Carrigrohane Castle.

Also easily reached are the CIT campus, Marymount, CUH, a good mix of schools, services aplenty in employment-strong Ballincollig, while UCC and the Bons are also a relatively straight run in along towards Cork city centre.

Hayfield’s No 13 presents very well, with a ‘modern meets traditional’ timeless decor, and has a front reception with bay window, coved ceilings and fireplace with tall white stone surround.

Another fireplace (gas fired, this time) features in the wood-floored family room/garden room, with window seat, all set down a few steps off the rear-set kitchen/dining area, where the Shaker-style units have black granite tops.

Separately, there’s a utility with garden access, plus a guest WC, by the hall and cloakroom.

Up above, two of the four bedrooms have en suite shower rooms, the master bedroom also has a dressing area with lots of built-ins, and the main family wash room has a bath, to augment the en suites’ showers.

Externally, there’s a front garden and drive, with parking for several cars on a brick-paved apron, with gated side access to a landscaped and walled rear garden with deck/BBQ.

VERDICT: Steady crops at Hayfield.

    Model Farm Road, Cork

    Price: €640,000

    Size: 177 sq m (€1,904sq ft)

    Bedrooms: 4

    Bathrooms: 4

    BER: Pending

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