Despite a copper church dome in the background, this home is never left in the shade, says Tommy Barker.
Model Farm Road, Cork
Size: 116 sq m (1,250 sq ft)
Best Feature: Settled suburban park near services.
There are views over the back garden and decking towards the domed green copper roof of the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, at Cork’s Dennehys Cross, from this upgraded family home Dún Mhuire.
An extended three-bed semi, Dún Mhuire, or No 1 Laburnum Lawn, has been brightly updated, shows well, is already extended to the back, the location’s tip-top near the back of the CUH and close to schools and colleges — so, estate agent Mark Rose of Rose Property Services should have little problem getting or exceeding his €335,000 asking price.
He says No 1 is immaculate, and looks like any new owners will have little, if anything, to change, which puts it ahead of the pack in terms of suburban market arrivals in the vicinity.
It has a new condenser boiler, zoned heating, and double glazing, while insulation was improved just three years ago.
It gets a respectable C3 BER rating, good for a 1950s build.
With the back facing east, it has a good-sized garden all overlooked by the sun room’s extension with vaulted wood ceilings and two Veluxes.
Internally, the front reception (with shallow bow window, and cast iron feature fireplace) now links to a rear dining room — both rooms have wood floors.
The latter opens across the back of the home into a modern, well-finished kitchen with tiled floor, painted units with granite tops, casual dining island, and a sole window on the side wall.
There’s a good internal flow around the kitchen (it’s no longer accessed directly off the porcelain tile floored hall, but via the linked reception rooms), with long views from the front bow window right through to the glazed back wall of the sun room, about 35’ distant.
Internal joinery, architraves, etc have been replaced with oak, and lighting’s recessed in main rooms.
Dún Mhuire’s sole bathroom is upstairs, and has been upgraded with a corner bath plus a separate shower, and floor and walls are freshly retiled, while the stairs and landing has a new striped carpet.
There are three bedrooms, two doubles (one with original fire surround) and a single, plus there’s pull-down stairs access to a floored attic for storage.
VERDICT: Prepare for lively bidding for this Laburnum Lawn offer.
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