Tommy Barker reports on a Cork city suburban three-bed that is a perfect match for first-time buyers at its sub €200,000 transfer fee.
A TRANSFER (of ownership) window is open at Glendon, a three-bedroomed family home, near the now-hallowed grounds of all-conquering Cork City FC.
Set on the corner of Curragh Road, and Mercier Park and directly facing the grounds and stadium of Cork City FC whose grounds can accommodate 7,500, Glendon is brand new to market, reveals whistle-blower Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing Associates.
He has a ballpark goal of €190,000-plus for Glendon: in fact the sum would buy a small Irish soccer club, or entire squads of players, though Cork City FC, having just won the double — league and cup titles — is now in a league of its own.
Glendon’s net price would easily have bought a Sean Maguire, and then a lesser player into the bargain: former Cork City FC striker and Irish international Maguire transferred in recent months to UK Championship club Preston, for a sum said to have been around €160,000.
Irish players’ sale values are a pittance compared the record €222 million paid in Summer for Barcelona’s hot property Neymar by Paris St Germain: it equates to the value of two of Cork’s Elysian towers, as it’s currently for sale for owners Blackstone for €100m, represents 1000 Glendons!
Fully detached Glendon is “in the heart of Turners Cross, and is an ideal opportunity to create a family home of real quality in this desirable residential location,” pitches Mr Olden of the c 960 sq ft three-bed, with separate garage.
Kicking to touch, though, it’s a bit tired, and needs a bit of graft, energy and TLC, he admits.
A recent comparable sale was of the detached Breeogue House, Curragh Road, also a three bed on a larger site, which made a reported €247,5000 earlier this year.
Like Breeogue, Glendon is 500 metres from Musgrave Park, 2.4kms from Cork city centre and 2.8 kms from UCC. It’s 20 metres from Cork City’s turf — that’s about two penalty-taking distances.
‘Changing’ rooms include three bedrooms (views from a front bay window to the walls and stiles of City’s grounds,) main bathroom, hall with terrazzo floor, living room with fireplace, kitchen/dining room, and there’s a ground level WC with “non-functioning shower” ... insert your own football team pun there.
VERDICT: Own goal. He or she who shoots, scores.
Turners Cross, Cork City
Size: 90 sq m (968 sq ft)
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