A detached property in Cork’s The Ovals has come on the market and makes for a superb family home, writes Tommy Barker.
Back when the last detached home came to the open property market at Cork’s The Ovals, above the Rochestown Road, we remarked how few resales there had been since the low-density scheme first built in the mid 1990s.
The development comprised 17 two- storey houses, with only some slight changes between most of them excluding site aspect and positioning on a gradient above the roundabout link to the city’s ring road.
The last public offer was back in 2015, reckoned to be only the third since completion,. Then, No 12 The Ovals came along, it was the largest by a margin, running to 2,350 sq ft, being sold for an Irish American owner, and was priced in ‘15 at €680,000.
It was taken off the market shortly afterwards, and rented for a while, but has since sold. It showed up on the Price Register in January 2019, at a recorded €635,000 (No 1 sold in 2018 for a recorded €485,000.) Now, for those who’ve waited, or who couldn’t stretch to a €600k+ budget for No 12, here’s No 6 The Ovals.
A more standard type and size and more typical of its neighbours, it’s a detached 1,890 sq ft four-bed family home, in good condition, with rear sun room/conservatory overlooking an attractive garden which faces west, and priced at €565,000 by agents Ann O’Mahony and Stuart O’Grady of Sherry FitzGerald.
They say No 6 has a good mix of rooms, with three reception rooms balancing four first floor beds, one of them en suite, and they say it’s bright and spacious, in excellent order with meticulous presentation, as well as being in a ‘prestigious’ and accessible address: “it will make a superb family home for anyone wishing to move to the southern suburbs,” they add.
Features include a living room with double door access off the hall, bay window, newly installed gas stove, and part-glazed double doors then to a rear dining room. Across the hall is a family room/office/play room, with fireplace and slightly arched and leaded window, overlooking the brick-paved front drive.
Round the back, the kitchen, meanwhile, has solid timber units by Wishbone, overhead Velux, a tiled floor and, again, part-glazed double doors in one direction to the dining room.
Next, there’s a fully glazed set of French doors off to the side, to the rear sun room which has a similar, porcelain-style tiled floor, and polycarbonate roof, with access to a sandstone patio and enclosed garden, with a large shed, with power supply for hobbies, crafts and more.
Other back-up rooms include a utility and guest WC, and on the next level above, one of the bedrooms is en suite.