Room to breathe in Cork’s desirable Maryborough Hill

There’s plenty of space in this extended home in Cork’s desirable Maryborough Hill, writes Tommy Baker.

A long rear garden extension room has brought the floor area of the five-bed family home at 4, The Heights, Broadale, to over 2,200 sq ft. and now, it’s being brought to market.

Up for sale with a €595,000 asking price, No 4 is a very well-kept dormer home, with three ground- level bedrooms and two more overhead, and is bigger than most of its neighbours thanks to a 26’ by 10’ sun-room to the back, complete with home bar, and six overhead Velux rooflights in its pitched ceilings.

Also decoratively updated, it’s for sale with Glenn O’Connor of DNG Creedon; he also has recently listed 14, The Heights in Broadale, a four-bed of €575,000, with just shy of 2,000 sq ft within, and not yet under offer, but viewing progressively, he says.

However, indicative of the difficulty of valuing in the current market, it comes about a year after DNG’s Mr O’Connor listed No 6, The Heights at €595,000, and it sold after keen bidding pursuit for a far higher sum: it shows atan even €700,000 by February of this year on the Price Register. Before that, the last two recorded Broadale sales were at €393,000, and €460,000.

The wide disparity in price is down to several factors, including site size and aspect (No 6 had a great corner site), and if people have done work and upgrades.

Also in the valuing mix is a slowed 2018 market, with the upper end hit by Central Bank lending restrictions and general buyer uncertainty pending Brexit, among other economic variables. (One thing’s for sure — any vendors pricing a mid- to upper-market home, and expecting 2018 price hikes in high single digit levels by this year’s end are likely to be disappointed.)

For today’s buyers keen to trade up, and funded, No 4 The Heights is a good size, in a good position facing south over a green, in a sought-after mature development, and is in excellent condition, says Mr O’Connor.

It has a L-shaped hall, a c 16’ by 12’ living room with stove, there’s another stove in the sun-room/dining room, linking to a modern, shaker-style kitchen with range cooker, and granite-topped units, utility, and ground-floor bathrooms. Overhead are two en-suite bedrooms, one with dressing room/walk in robe with window.

VERDICT: Choice.

Broadale, Maryborough Hill Cork, €595,000

Size: 207 sq m (2,218 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER: D1

Best Feature: Already extended

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