House of the week

BILLED as “the closest family home in Cork city to the Statue with front and rear gardens” is Clyda, the first house seen on entering Cork’s Sidney Park.

It’s just 500 metres from St Patrick’s Bridge and the statue of Fr Mathew, a sort of pivot point for the southern capital.

Clyda might be called after a Co Cork and River Blackwater location, but its setting is pure Cork city, no mistake. Just up off Wellington Road, it has a number of highly regarded schools right on its doorstep for primary children, post-primary, as well as exam-cram schools and languages centres.

Clyda’s big front garden and drive might even benefit from its proximity to a few of these schools: auctioneer Jarlath Boyd of Timothy Sullivan Associates reckons you could get up to eight cars parked in the front — and that you could rent parking spaces to older students and teachers, given the demand locally.

At present, though, Clyda’s exterior is more genteel, and pristine, than your average car park. Heck, the owners have even power-washed the roof in the last year to remove moss, and now it glistens — as does the house and garden itself.

Dating to the pre-war 1930s period (it was bought in 1934 for £875,) Clyda’s a four-bed semi-detached family home with an ‘Arts and Crafts’ feel that worked for its passage back in the 1950s, when it served as a guesthouse from 1954, for close on 20 years right into the 1970s. Sidney Park is one of Cork city’s more individual ‘estates,’ with a large mix of house types and styles in a mix that manages to avoid the blight of suburban design repetition.

The fact the houses snake up a hill, and then the park splits into an upper and lower section, adds to the intrigue, and pretty much all of the houses here share the same great south-facing views over the city, the Lee, and the southern suburbs. All within a few minutes walk too, of the city centre and all of its amenities.

Clyda has the feel of a house that has always been minded, and while it might be just a tiny bit old fashioned in terms of wallpapers, etc, it has that sense of honesty and integrity that counsels making changes only slowly. Even the garden will only reveals itself fully to its next occupants, as there’s planting for all seasons: magnolia and daffs for spring, summer roses, autumnal hydrangeas and winter camellias, and the tall back boundary wall of old sandstone is crowned in ivies.

Asking price for semi-detached Clyda, aka No 1 Sidney Park, is €395,000, and it follows on the recent successful sale by the same agents Timothy Sullivan Associates of a more standard, three-bed semi-d in Sidney Park, where No 34 — which needed total renovation and rescue — sold for close to €200,000 after some spirited bidding in a private auction, bringing it over its €190,000 AMV.

Also currently for sale in Sidney Park is the four-bed detached extended, 1,600 sq ft Art Deco home The Haven, which went up for sale in December guiding €500,000, and which is currently under offer.

Accommodation in Clyda includes front living room with bay window, and there’s a dining room and kitchen behind, with a utility/laundry room stretching out behind, with shower room. The sloping back garden includes some outbuildings, including a Wendy House-like shed.

Upstairs, one of the four bright bedrooms has an en suite with shower, plus family bathroom.

Ideal for families with school-going children who want to cut out the daily grind of a car-borne commuting (you can fall out of bed and into one of several schools) Clyda has got double glazing, central heating, lovely gardens front and rear, with the afore-mentioned parking.

Location: Cork city

Price: 395,000.

Size: 122 sq m (1,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

Best Feature: The city’s at you doorstep.


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