Terraced townhouse has softer touches

No 51 is an elegant three-storey with traditional interior design touches in the 65-house development, says Tommy Barker.

EVEN though it was only bought last year, the mid-terraced, 1,580 sq ft, three-storey townhouse, 51 Belfield Abbey, appears traditional in its interiors, perhaps due in part to its patterned carpets?

No 51 was part of the completion and sell-off of the Belfield development, on Cork’s Boreenmanna Road, over the past 18 months or so, and now none of the freshly completed homes are left, so any market activity will be resales.

The 65-house development, on a 4.8-acre site on the Boreenmanna Road, opposite a community park and within a walk of the city centre, had launched in ‘07.

Today, the Price Register shows 47 sales since 2010, including a fairly substantial block, sold en masse (the number of units isn’t specified) for close to €6.5m, back in 2015, and there’s been about 26 individual sales since that listing, at prices from €333,000 to €520,000 and €519,000 for detacheds.

However, a good number of those later sales will have been of ‘new’ stock, sold for the first time and thus the figures are net of VAT, at 13.5%, and then buyers have the additional cost of final finishes, as well, to bear in mind.

No 51, Belfield Abbey, shows on the Price Register as a 2017 sale, and in fact its transaction is recorded almost a year ago, December 4 2017, at €358,591: add the VAT to that, and it tips the cost to just over €405,000.

It’s understood the buyers were relocaters, two generations of the one family, and, as 2018 draws to a close, they’ve decided, for personal reasons, that they’d prefer a different location, hence its return to the market.

Fully finished, and warm and hospitable internally, it’s priced at €440,000 by Sherry FitzGerald (launch prices in 2007 for this type were ‘from’ €550,000). The agents say the three-bed, three-storey home “reflects an elegance of design.” No 51 has an open-plan ground floor, with hall, kitchen/living/dining, plus rear utility, with its three bedrooms (one’s en suite) over the top two floors.

To the front, at first-floor level, is a further reception or ‘withdrawing room,’ with coved ceiling, bay window, fireplace and a red, small-pattern floral carpet, while the main top-floor bedroom, with dressing area, also has a floral type carpet, warm underfoot.

On first view, there’s nearly a novelty factor, and a visual break from the thousands of acres of plain, beige, grey or cream carpet sold in the past 20 years, so fair dues to the owners for going with their preference.

Given that the carpets have only been in for a year or so, they can hardly be worn, so it will be interesting to see if the new occupants will embrace them, or replace them. And, in any case, they are only in two rooms, and most of the rest of No 51’s floor choices are more mainstream, such as pale tiles and warm, walnut floors at ground level, while the kitchen’s splashback is in a zingy, ‘modern’, lime colour.

VERDICT: Let’s hear it for comfort.

Location: Boreenmanna Road, Cork City

Price: €440,000

Size: 148 sq m (1,585 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

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