Tommy Barker visits a house in Douglas, Cork, so good its owners decided not to sell first time around.
Douglas, Cork €435,000
Size: 144 sq m (1,550 sq feet)
Best feature: Well set
AS SOON as No 11 Douglas Close hit these pages, back in March of this year, its owners, who’ve owned it since the late 1990s had a change of mind and took it promptly off the market.
But, it turns out, the decision was temporary: now, this three-bed terraced home in a gated scheme in the heart of Douglas village by the Fingerpost is back for sale once more and carrying a slightly higher asking price.
The three-storey, three-bed townhouse is as smart inside as it ever was, only it’s larger than when initially built back around 1998, as the long-time owners added a rear sunroom a couple of years back, one which really opened up its spread of ground level/downstairs accommodation.
A more standard c 1,400 sq ft Douglas Close townhouse, No 8, was sold by estate agent Jeremy Murphy last year, showing on the Price Register at €391,000.
When No 11 launched, temporarily, in March, Mr Murphy guided this listing at a conservative €395,000: now it is repriced at €435,000.
It’s been an uneven year in between, with many strong sales and sluggish ones, but like Blackrock, which is currently in Cork’s prime, pole house price position, Douglas isn’t far behind in the sales’ results, with its sheer breadth of amenities giving it broad appeal, across all market sectors.
Mid-terraced No 11’s probably not going to be bought by a young family, as garden space is limited to a planted yard off the new sunroom to the rear.
In front, the mid-terraced home has off-street parking and some planting, but grass and/or lawn is in short supply in this niche 1990s development.
Developer back in the day was Brian Forrest, builders were Murnane & O’Shea, then at the top of their game for finishes, and architects for these tall, red-brick and corbelled homes to a Victorian layout and palette were Roderick Hogan Associates, who’ve had nearly two decades of Douglas house design experience under their belts.
Coincidentally, this is the week in which two quite different Hogan-designed suburban Douglas homes come to market in the broad €400k/500k price bracket, No 11 Douglas Close and No 16 Elden, also a three-bed, but semi-detached.
No 16 Elden is our Cover Story on p1 and on pages 18-21 (via Savills, guiding €450,000), and it’s entirely probable that those looking at one, will draw comparisons with the other, post-viewings.
No 11 Douglas Close’s strongest appeal will be to corporates, professionals, relocaters and traders down, and previous buyers here have included investors, eyeing strong corporate rents.
No 11’s spotless, elegant and easy to maintain to a high standard, says agent Jeremy Murphy and when it got its most useful sun-room extension with glazed gable apex a few years ago it also got a new kitchen, so it all feels very up to date.
Downstairs it has a fresh country-style kitchen with thick granite tops and breakfast/dining section and down several steps is a lounge with gas fireplace and wood floor, linking then to the 16’ by 14’ sunroom with south-west patio/garden views, and there’s also a guest WC, plus back garden access via a side utility room.
On a level above, there’s a formal 18’ by 12’ drawing room (called a piano nobile in posh/period home speak) with bay window to the front, and behind is an en suite master bedroom.
The top floor has two further bedrooms, as well as a shower room, so there’s bathrooms on all three levels.
VERDICT: The sunroom adds ground level functionality to this house design
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