Farranlea Grove: Country air, city convenience

Tommy Barker admires a well maintained 1950s home in a tranquil setting in Cork’s western suburbs

Farranlea Grove, Model Farm Road, Cork City

  • Size: 94 sq m (1,012 sq ft)
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1/2
  • BER: G

THERE’S almost an air of the countryside to the back garden at 9 Farranlea Grove — it even has a green field of pasture over the far side of its back garden boundary.

But at the same time you very much know you are in Cork city’s western suburbs — rising up over the same hedges in the middle distance is Cork County Hall.

No 9 Farranlea Grove dates to the 1950s, and so would have seen the concrete structure of County Hall rise up in the mid 1960s to its height of 220’, and a decade ago, it also witnessed the structure’s reskinning in glass.

“Sitting on the deck at the rear of 9 Farranlea Grove, the only indication that you are in a city location is that distant view of the County Hall,” says auctioneer, Diarmuid Dooley of McCarthy & McGrath Auctioneers, who brought the 1,012 sq ft three-bed semi-d to market this month, guiding at €360,000.

And, situated as it is on a quiet road off Farranlea Road, entered just facing the early 2000s Crescent scheme and backing still onto an open field of pasture, “this property offers a level of tranquillity not normally found in any city location,” Mr Dooley adds.

Now well over a half century old, No 9 has, he says, been meticulously maintained over the years, and has kept many original 1950s touches, in an understated style such as tiled fireplaces, the hall’s oak floor, staircase, and Art Deco-style door handles.

It has had some upgrades, such as double glazing, but hasn’t been extended or otherwise significantly altered. As the BER comes in as G, it’s likely any new owners will add to creature comforts and energy-efficiency upgrades and, given the garden’s size. “there is room to extend without making a dent in the large rear garden,” reckons the selling agent.

Another bonus is the size of the front drive, giving parking for several cars past its gate.

Internally, No 9 has a west-facing living room, and rear sitting room also with fireplace and French doors to the back garden, a compact kitchen, and overhead are three beds, and bathroom, with separate WC, a division commonly done in the ’50s (and even since Victorian times), before en suites took off in later decades.

Location is strong, given proximity to County Hall, CUH/MUH, Bon Secours and UCC and CIT, all within an easy walk, as is the Lee Fields for leisure walks.

“This is a beautiful property in a superb location with easy access to the city centre, and would make a beautiful family home, and viewing’s strongly advised,” says Diarmuid Dooley.


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