Douglas, Cork Price: €500,000
Size: 137sq m (1,474sq ft)
The 1970s (which will be forever 30 years ago for "kids" of my vintage) seem to have produced a fair few perennial hits. Think Star Wars, The Godfather and Jaws. Or how about Elton John or Doctor Who?
A less flashy exemplar of the era is a particular type of solid-looking good-sized family home. 12 Lislee Road in Cork’s Maryborough, Douglas, is a perfect example of this.
From the detached garage and the "front" door at the side leading to a very generously sized hall, right through to the mature back garden, this is a classic detached family home, built in 1970, which stands the twin tests of use and time.
The black and white chessboard tiles in the hall are an understated backdrop to the cheery blue stained glass flowers of the front door's sidelights. The same blue flowers are repeated in a neat little window in the crisp white front door. A sense of flow is subtly created with repeating colours and designs throughout the house - for example, a russet stair carpet is a similar hue to the terracotta kitchen floor tiles which themselves continue through to the living room.
Here a solid fuel-burning stove gives an informal, warm atmosphere. This is the place to hang out if you want to stay close to whatever is being rustled up in the kitchen - and there's a bay window and door to the back garden if you're suddenly called upon to peel some spuds or load the dishwasher. The back garden isn't overlooked - it backs onto houses on Rochestown Road, which also have good-sized gardens and plenty of trees. A separate study also has the 'escape route' /fresh air option with french doors to the back garden which has a private patio area as well as plenty room for trampolines or paddling pools. This house is made to be a family home - it has had one owner who is now downsizing.
In fact, houses at Lislee Road haven't come up for sale very often - the Property Price Register indicates that only six in the past decade have changed owners.
The selling agent, Kevin Barry of Barry Auctioneers, notes that owners here have tended to stay put until their family is reared - the large green around 50 metres away most certainly contributed to the sense that this is a great spot for a child to let off steam with neighbour kids and friends.
The main lounge has an open fire and a large window overlooking the front of the property. And there is further potential to extend this house at the side, subject to planning permission.
Upstairs is the main bathroom and there are four carpeted bedrooms - three of which have built-in wardrobes.
Verdict: Give a call - you could end up here for the long haul.