New kid on the Model Farm Road block

All the hard work is done on this top-notch, A-rated family home, says Tommy Barker.

Effectively a brand new-build, as it’s just a year old and barely lived in, is Lavender House, a well-built A3 BER-rated family home of 2,700 sq ft, on a plum site just off Cork city’s Model Farm Road.

Set in by the start of the Hillsboro development of 1970s homes on big sites, this one-off, and the house next door, came to fill out a previously-built bungalow, now disappeared in favour of the new, by two.

It’s a two-storey, broad block of a build, with engineering touches and energy efficiency at its core, its construction was overseen by an architect and builders were Rockforest Homes.

Unexpectedly, due to a change of family circumstances, it’s up for sale, and starts open viewings next week, with estate agent Norma Helay of Sherry FitzGerald, who guides it at €795,000.

Coincidentally, it comes to market within Hillsboro just weeks after the Price Register records the successful transaction of an upgraded, original 1970s home, No 10 or West Cedar.

That went to market in late July, via agents Frank V Murphy & Co guiding €785,000, and made a reported €783,900. It was on a very large, almost double site of 0.3 of an acre, had a B2 BER after recent spending, and was bought by a couple from the UK.

Irrespective of the success of that deal, Sherry Fitz’s Ms Healy is very confident of a good result on Lavender House, given the ‘prestige’ Hillsboro address, west facing back garden, and size, as well as the future energy efficiency of the package.

“It encapsulates state of the art modern living, with family friendly accommodation and leaves absolutely nothing for its lucky new owners to do but unpack,” she says.

She starts open viewing on March 14 and again on the 19th, and says the level of finishes and specification alone will impress the viewers.

It has a wide, bespoke front door made by Cloghroe Joinery, underfloor heating at ground level, a feature concrete staircase, German Amberline glazing, in tall frames and with a back wall of glass in the kitchen diner.

At ground, in the centre, is a comms room for the plumbed air to water heating/heat recovery system, the entertainment set up and internet cabling, and is wired for solar panels, but these aren’t yet fitted, and the guest WC is off this control room.

This level also has a home office/ground floor bedroom five, sitting room, large kitchen/diner with Neff appliances and large island, and off is a family room.

Above, up the carpeted concrete stairs in two sections with large, feature high and wide three panel window over the front door, are four bedrooms, with master en suite, plus walk-through dressing room.

Externally, Lavender House has an as-yet unpainted render finish, with some limestone trim; there’s lots of parking on a paved drive, and grassed gardens, just awaiting a summer or two of planting and more landscaping to bed it all down and make it settle back into its walled-in Hillsboro site.

VERDICT: all the hard work is done.

Hillsboro, Model Farm Road


Size: 252 sq m 92,700 sq ft) Bedrooms: 4/5

Bathrooms: 4


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