Top-notch home gives a glimpse of the good life

IT’S known as Millionaire’s Row locally and it’s easy to see why — Kilcoolishal in Cork’s Glounthaune is a secret little enclave on the rim of the city.

Wooded and with a country road that snakes past mature houses on large sites, it’s hard to believe it’s just a five-minute drive to the city.

South-facing over the lower harbour, the houses here bask in whatever sunshine our degree of latitude allows and the stepped nature of the sites provides lots of privacy from the neighbours. It’s hard to get plots of this quality now, which means resales still achieve a premium.

The latest listing in the mature neighbourhood is Dún na Rí, a dormer bungalow built about 20 years ago that has been continually upgraded by its owners.

It has five bedrooms, all en suite, and a buyer prepared to pay the list price of €1 million will also inherit an acre of stunning gardens. It’s a pristine property, according to Tom Woodward of Woodward Auctioneers, who says the value lies in the location, the quality and the size of the grounds. Laid out in tiers, Dún na Rí is approached by a gravel driveway and is framed by a tall tree boundary at the rear.

At a higher level, there’s a range of different gardens, including a rose bed, vegetable patch, shrubbery and a late evening sun spot.

And, for the really avid gardener, Dunsland Garden Centre is just over the boundary.

The house has a lovely, two-storey entrance hallway with gallery staircase and landing and there’s a large, full-width living/dining room running from back to front: patio doors to the rear finish off the openness of the layout.

A long kitchen/diner, with utility, runs along the back and the rest of the ground floor is taken up with two bedrooms and a study/office.

Overhead, there are three double rooms, with dormer windows and those wide, south-facing views.

A smart house, Dun na Rí looks like being immune to the doldrums, (or the slough of despond), currently experienced by sellers citywide. In a tight market, it’s again down to location and this house has that — and more.


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