Tommy Barker says this mid-terrace three-bed in Elden, Douglas will have broad home hunter appeal
A house of the quality of 25 Elden, a mid-terrace three bed townhouse, will have a broad home hunter appeal, but the wider cohort on the search might have to narrow down their focus a bit, given one or two salient points.
One, it’s priced at €435,000, so they’ll need access to that sort of money, and that’s for a home just shy of 1,200 sq ft. But, point two, it’s got quite a split level internal layout, effectively over three levels, with the en suite master bedroom up on the highest point.
So, for older buyers, or traders down, or those worried about dodgy hips and bockety knees, or caught for breath, the thought of short, but several, runs of steps internally is worth pondering.
It’s one of the distinctive features, though, of many of the crisp, ‘contemporary’ style Elden houses built in the mid to later 2000s by O’Flynn Construction, on Cork’s suburban Maryborough Hill, just past the hotel and by Douglas golf course, and it hasn’t stopped buyers flocking to them.
The Price Register shows 69 sales to-date, but that spans new (recorded minus the VAT) and resales, and covers both houses and apartments, so a bit of caution is needed before comparing.
Plus, even among the houses there’s disparity, between size and ‘status’, semis or end and mid terrace, so best to visit and make up your mind on value and layout and location.
Selling agent for the smart-looking No 25 Elden is Michael O’Donovan of Savills, and he says it’s both high-spec and well finished.
A few years ago, he had sold a larger, c 1,550 sq ft semi-detached Elden three-bed, and though he launched it at €450,000, it ended up making €520,000. More recently, Savills also sold No 27 Elden, an end terrace version of No 25, and it leaped from €420,00 to €470,000 in bidding.
So, a €435k asking for No 25 is in the ballpark for such a popular location, favoured, says Mr O’Donovan by younger couples in particular and by some traders down and relocators also.
The design is notable for the extensive glazing, and internal levels, and the agent says these “characterise the interiors and offer a new take on a more traditional layout.” Rooms include hall, kitchen/dining, ‘cocooned’ garden level full-width living room with patio access. The first floor has two bedrooms (one with the Juliet balcony) and the en suite master bedroom and main bathroom are a (half) level above.
Elden’s as fresh looking now as when built over a decade ago.