The work’s done, so just buy and relax

  • Bishopstown, Cork

  • Price: €475,000
  • Size: 1,870 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • BER: B2

Strong interest can be expected in this recently beautified Bishopstown family home, says Tommy Barker.

There has been quite the modernising makeover in the last several years to the family home at 11 Bishopscourt Green, Cork. Now, not only does the extended five-bed get a robust B2 BER stamp of approval, but it has also been secured underneath, with the old clay pipes and drains taken up and replaced.

Thanks to the rear addition with a very bright new kitchen out the back, with a pitched tiled roof and roof lights, the semi-detached detached house now has 1,870 sq ft inside, with a good mix of rooms, including one en suite ground floor bedroom, and to round out the picture, it also has a favourable, south-west rear garden access.

After all the work, its owners are now moving on, to an unexpected opportunity, and estate agent John Barry of Frank V Murphy & Co has just started open viewings of this western suburban box ticker. He guides it at €475,000 – not bad for a place with all the work already done, including plumbing (three new bathrooms/en suites), wiring, plastering etc.

Mr Barry says the condition of No 11 is superb, ready to walk into, and reckons that with all the shops, sports facilities, schools and services nearby: “it will appeal to a busy, modern family with kids because every possible amenity is on the doorstep,” from creches to colleges, and adds “I’d anticipate very strong interest in this house given its location, super condition, modern extension and aspect.”

Internally, this 1960s Denis McCarthy-built home has the original wood block floor in mint order, with stained glass door panel, contrasting with the new internal doors, some of them part-glazed to allow light through.

It has three reception rooms, with sitting room with solid fuel stove, while next to the chimney breast a sliding ‘pocket door’ links to a rear playroom, which, in turn, goes sideways into a family living/dining and kitchen.

That kitchen/diner’s about 21’ by 13’ (6.6m by 4.1m), with large, pale floor tiles, island, gloss units and Silestone worktops, and has a high, vaulted ceiling with roof lights, and garden/patio access through French doors, which are triple glazed.

In addition at ground there’s also a utility and an en suite bed five to the right hand side in what’s likely to have been a garage/conversion. Overhead are four more bedrooms, three of them doubles, and one’s en suite, with sliding robe doors, and there’s also a main, extensively tiled family bathroom with shower over the bath.

No 11 has a new gas condenser boiler, walled in back garden which is on the relatively compact side and comes with a patio and steel shed, and externally, to the front, the brick faced home with large feature windows has a wide concrete drive for off-road parking for several cars.

No 11’s set quite deep within Bishopscourt Green, past the eponymous green, within a five minute walk of the Wilton Shopping Centre, CUH and more.

The Price Register shows 31 sales since 2010 with a Bishopscourt address, and just four in the ‘Green’ section where the top result was back in 2014, at €375,000 for No 7, while No 12 closeby sold in 2012 for €254,000. Several Bishopscourt houses topped the €500k mark in more recent years, but are likely to be detached properties, rather than semis.

VERDICT:

Done to a high standard, as the owners hadn’t expected to be thinking of moving again so shortly after all their work and input.

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