The decision to rush to put 83 Limetrees Road East on the property market and websites just prior to Christmas “when people were settling down with the boxes of Roses” appears to have been a sweet move for auctioneers Behan Irwin Gosling, as they started January with a healthy diet of viewing requests.
Rochestown/Douglas, Cork - €465,000
Size: 163 sq m (1,740 sq ft)
Best Feature: Well-kept home in settled estate
The timing was good for those home-hunters starved of fresh market offerings, as so little has come up for sale in weeks now, but No 83 also justified piqued interest as it just has a lot going for it.
It’s a four-bed detached, probably now in or around its 50th birthday, set towards the far and eastern end of the Limetrees estate, between the main Rochestown Road and Maryborough Hill, on the edge of Douglas, part of a run of detacheds in this development with a very good spread both of semi-ds and detacheds.
There’s a good size home here already, says selling agent Sonia Irwin of Behan Irwin Gosling (BIG), as it weighs in at 163 sq m, or nearly 1,750 sq ft, thanks to a partial garage conversion/addition, used as a study, and likely to have been provided back when No 83 was first built, in what would have been part of the extensive grounds of the period Maryborough House.
All four of the bedrooms here are doubles, says Ms Irwin, who adds that interest in the main so far is coming from families looking to trade up from homes like three-bed semis, with a couple of children, and in need of extra rooms and space.
It’s an executor sale, with probate granted, and the woman who owned it was house proud and engaged, and “seems to have done a project every year or two,” she says, noting things like upgraded oak stairs and some other internal joinery and flooring.
Thus, it’s in good enough order for new owners to just move on in and make their own mark, and most probably the first item on the list might be a new kitchen, or kitchen changes, as the current units are dark mahogany and look dated, even if entirely functional.
A lick of paint maybe while plans get drafted for something more ambitious?
Other options might be to integrate the current kitchen into the attached garage room(s), or else to interlink the two main reception rooms to the far side of the side entered hall.
Currently, the front reception has a marble fireplace, and the rear one, used as a dining room, has a sliding glazed door to a patio.
The row here faces south, with the mature trees of Maryborough House visible past the next row of semis on Limetrees Road East, and as the back of No 83 consequently faces north, a second patio was provided at the back garden’s rear boundary to get more daytime sun for sitting out.
Gardens front and back are walled, with some mature planting, and No 83 also has off-street parking.
Quietly set at the end of its cul de sac, it’s within a walk of Douglas village, and the south city ring road’s a few minutes away by car too.
No 83 comes a few months after No 12 Lislee, a similar vintage and quite stylish Limetrees area home, came to market, guiding €500,000 via Barry Auctioneers.
12 Lislee went Sale Agreed at that €500k sum in the run up to Christmas, and the Price Register shows all six of the last Limetrees address resales since 2015 all over €400,000 and the most recent sale, No 15 Limetrees, was for €550,000.
VERDICT: Will everything come up Roses for No 83 too?