While dated, No 1 Tramore Lawn is much more than your standard suburban semi-d, finds Tommy Barker.
It might be a semi-detached home, and it might carry a Tramore Lawn address, but there’s quite a bit different about No 1, Hazelgrove for those in the know, or those in the hunt for a place with prospects.
No 1 is set right onto the main Douglas Road in Cork, with an entrance just before the traffic lights by Eglantine and the Johnson & Perrott garage, and has been a family home for many decades to the same clan, most likely since it was built, day one.
It’s distinguished by a side and rear extension, done decades ago too, which includes a raised balcony or roof-deck, overlooking the main road, atop of a series of stores or outhouses, and garden rooms.
That helps to form an enclosed, west-facing courtyard garden at ground level, which must be a bit of a private and sheltered heat trap in fine weather. While the roof terrace and its low rim of concrete balusters is distinctive, it isn’t entirely useful (you’d pretty much be on public display if doing a barbie up here....)
Yet, it sort of adds to a vague, continental feel to Hazelgrove, and standing up here gives and idea of the size and scope of the several rooms and stores underneath.
If opened up, there’s very good space for a home office, or even a self-contained unit, suggests auctioneer TJ Cronin, of Irish & European, who has just started viewings here, and has No 1 just a week or two on the market, with a €495,000 AMV.
It was the home of the entrepreneurial Tom Maloney and family, and he had a self-drive car hire business based in Cork (on St Patrick’s Quay) even at a time of competition from big, international brands.
Not surprising so, that there’s pretty good off-road parking in front of Hazelgrove, which has a curved or arced front garden, behind high boundary walls to Tramore Lawn proper, and there’s also a side garden, and rear courtyard, facing west.
Inside, the house had its two front rooms combined into one, years ago, with some wood panelled walls by a fireplace.
The hall has a parquet timber floor, very mid-1900s in its genesis, and behind is a kitchen/diner, complete with more modern Shaker style units, and a decades’ old Aga cooker, oil-fired, which also heats water.
Above are five bedrooms now: No 1 was originally a four-bed semi-d, but when it was extended upstairs bed four got made into a study/ access point to two further bedrooms, also providing access to the roof terrace.
Surprisingly, none of the five bedrooms are en suite, nor is there a ground floor guest WC, even if there is a second WC, but it’s one reached from outside.
Hazelgrove overall has a warm feel, but is dated decoratively, and gets a lowly G BER, and has the hallmarks of a home where the work was done years ago, most likely in the early 1970s, and was just comfortably enjoyed ever since.
Any new owners will, thus, be spending on upgrades, if not something even more ambitious. Yet, it lays out its cards honestly, has over 1,750 sq ft to work with, and there’s also access to an attic with Velux roof light.
Location-wise, it’s within a five-minute walk of Douglas village and services, there’s schools, public parks and amenities close by, both primary and secondary, and while the site’s corner might jut a bit into the main Douglas road, it’s quite a different feel inside.
Land behind Johnson & Perrott garage just west of Hazelgrove has sold in recent weeks, for upmarket apartments most likely, and while future development there (to be accessed off the South Douglas Road) will bound some Tramore Lawn semi-ds, no changes are afoot behind No 1, as the J&P motor dealership garage is set to continue to trade, as-is.
VERDICT: Dated but a bit of a delight, and definitely not a standard-issue mid 1900s semi-d.
Size: 166 sq m (1,775 sq ft)