Big detached houses like this don’t come along too often on the Model Farm Road, writes Tommy Barker.
Location: Model Farm Road, Cork
Size: 167 sq m (1,800 sq ft)
Best Feature: Huge extra scope
Built in the early 1950s, Laganlee was quite possibly ‘outstanding’ in its own field, as a detached home built on farmland, on Cork’s Model Farm Road.
It is now well-met by detached neighbours along the length of this still-green stretch of road running from the western suburbs out towards Poulevone and Ballincollig.
Most older builds have good size sites and well-kept gardens, and Laganlee, 500m west of Model Farm Rd’s mid-section Inchigaggin Lane), fits this general profile: Sixty-five years on, it still has farmland, great swards of pasture, directly over its back boundary.
Glimpsed over the rear stone wall and ditches is grazing land associated with Richard Woods’ extensive farm property at Carrigrohane — in fact this detached family home is set quite close to the land, positioned towards the back of its circa half-acre of mature, well-planted, screened grounds.
It’s approached up a central brick-paved drive and is ringed by a drive, so it’s possible to take a car right around for ease of motoring access and egress.
The vendors were into old cars and motorbikes, it appears and there’s a well-built lofted double garage/workshop at the top corner, with roller shutter door, tiled floor, and useful space aplenty for hobbyists, or even as a home office after minor upgrades.
Laganlee faces full south by the top of its sloping grounds, with bright rooms thanks to that aspect, but given the rich farm views available behind, the surprise is how few of its rooms get any view at all of the fields over the ditch, with bedroom windows upstairs only on the front and side walls.
The views the house does have are far-reaching to the south, over Model Farm Road towards Curraheen — the greyhound stadium is visible too — and the hills by the airport are off in the distance.
There’s also a view now to a sale, as Laganlee’s long-time owners are selling up.
They recently moved out of this privately-set c 1,800 sq ft four-bed home, on the market with Vincent Sheahan and Shirleen Rigby of F&V Sheahan auctioneers, who guide at €550,000, noting that resales in this stretch of the Model Farm Road are rare.
While some of its internal finishes, such as bathroom tiling, date it, the quality of what was put in in the first instance and intermittently since is good and it’s in sound overall condition, with a quite imposing side entrance door flanked with columns.
There are some stained-glass windows and floor finishes such as quality oak in the hall, and a good deal of corniced ceilings and decorative ceiling roses.
Laganlee currently has four first-floor bedrooms, main bathroom with smoked mirror tiles, and a jacuzzi bath.
The landing has a Stira leading to a floored and converted attic with Velux to the rear, radiator, and wood-panelled walls, under sloping ceilings.
At ground level, it has two bright reception rooms to the front, each with picture windows and marble fireplaces; a small study or music room; kitchen with tiled floor, painted units, and wainscot panelling, a guest WC, and then there’s a utility room with boiler off in a under-used side room set into what was an attached garage on the western side.
Anyone looking at buying will almost certainly make better, reordering use of this space given its south and west aspects and garden proximity.
VERDICT: Detached, solid, accessible (there’s even a bus stop 100 yards away) and private on the Model Farm Road.
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