Woodland setting meets timber cladding at trim Glanmire home

Tommy Barker admires a substantial architect-designed home near flourishing Glanmire just minutes from Cork city.

CAN it really be the case that there hasn’t been a resale for six or seven years past, at the stylish The Avenue section of Woodville, above and just east of Glanmire, on the commutable edges of Cork city?

Designed by Wilson Architecture back in the early- to mid-2000s, Woodville had over 50 new-builds ranged around a period 1800s Georgian grand home, which was itself converted into apartments, plus courtyard homes, in one of the decade’s more elegant schemes of contemporary design in the greater Cork region.

Still looking fresh and aesthetically adept, Woodville (developed as a calling card of quality by a company called Rossdale around 2004/05) had its dozens of new arrivals slotted in around retained mature hardwood trees, lending one section the address The Beeches, for example. And, while the Price Register shows quite a few resales with a Beeches address going back to 2011 (with one of the more recent at €335,000 in 2016, and a few in 2017 under the €300k mark), not a single home appears to have sold at the more prestigious, upmarket The Avenue.

The Price Register shows a sale at €414,000 in late 2013 with a simple ‘Woodville, Dunkettle’ address listed, and so is possibly one of this house style and substance. Separately, No 3 The Avenue came to market back in 2016, and was a 1,720 sq ft four-bed on a 0-.3 acre site, with planning for two extensions to enable it to swell to a five-bed of 3,000 sq ft, should a new owner so wish. It had a price guide of €530,000, and doesn’t appear to have been sold.

Overall at Woodville, there was a good variety of size, and pricing, from day one, with the Avenue detacheds (19 in all planned) going from 1,400 to over 2,000 sq ft, and with a stand-out couple on large sites at up to 2,700 sq ft, and priced at €1m, reflective of the run-up to the time’s max pricing. The ‘smaller’ homes sold from the mid/high €400,000s, up to c €700,000, and now No1 2 The Avenue comes to market for an early 2018 sale for its relocating owners, who’ve been here since day one.

No 12 The Avenue is priced at €475,0000 by city-based estate agent Dan Howard, and as it’s c 1,460 sq ft, it seems as if its 2018 value is coming back close to what it was worth c 2005, when there was another year or two of price froth left in the then-rampant market. It’s notable that Daft property website’s consultant economist Ronan Lyons earlier this week forecast that Irish house prices are heading back to 2007 peak levels, and could be reached in a few more years’ time whilst adding “the peak of the Celtic Tiger housing bubble is not, of course, a target.”

Launching No 12 and hoping for an early New Year’s sale, Mr Howard says “a property as good as this rarely comes to the market.” He started his open viewings on Wednesday, and his listing brought a lot of advance online views and calls: he put it up on the web on December 23, and it stayed at the top of the live new listings for Cork for ten days or so, getting over 5,000 hits over the holiday lull — a tip there for other estate agents and vendors for next year?

In its shape and outline, No 12 The Avenue is a sort of modern interpretation of the traditional Irish long house or long, two-storey Irish farm dwelling that’s typically just one room wide. And, that’s indeed the case here, at least in the example of the main, gable end living room, which had a triple aspect. There’s a mix of glazing, including tall narrow opes on one side by the entrance, as well as other floor-to-ceiling windows by a glazed corner under a grey-painted C-section steel beam, plus French doors to a patio. There’s also a dining room with French doors to the outside, kitchen with large, pale floor tiles and wood-effect slick cabinets plus range cooker, utility and guest WC.

Moving around the house there’s quite a variety of windows sizes, shapes and placements, including clerestory windows on high, a long, horizontal slit by the stairs. Several rooms (including the master bedroom and living room) have full-height corner/double aspect windows for an open and airy feel, even if furnishing/furniture placement and fitting of curtains/drapes calls for a bit more creativity for those hung up on high notions of privacy.

Overall condition is excellent, with a lustrous walnut floor in the hall, well-specced bathrooms, and there’s gas heating. Externally, the grounds are well landscaped with trimmed lawns ringed with sleepers and low, white, rendered walls. There’s a useful deck serving the living room and dining room, with bamboo planting.

No 12’s site is bounded by mature hardwoods and beeches: photography for the sales launch is a mix of seasonal winter shots and some taken during summer months, to show the glories of what’s to come — another sales tip for anyone who may be selling in the next few years: take good quality exterior shots in spring, summer, autumn, and winter, and keep/save them safely to be sure to be sure.

No 12’s vendors are trading across to another part of metropolitan Cork. Auctioneer Dan Howards says their home “oozes charm and character, has a wonderful private and sunny site and would make an ideal family home.” He anticipates good trading-up interest, as well as interest from those relocating. The Glanmire/Glounthaune/Little Island area is continuing to grow its employment base, with a major new office building going in during 2018 for back-office support services for pharma company Lilly at Eastgate among the larger moves.

It’s located a few minutes from the Dunkathel/Dunkettle interchange, due now for a major upgrade to relieve traffic congestion at the tunnel’s busy feeder roads. Developers O’Flynn Construction are set to build new homes near the completed Woodville in the next year or so at Ballinglanna, while the development of their valuable ground at Dunkathel House may follow in later years, once tunnel congestion is removed.

VERDICT: stylish still.

Dunkathel, Glanmire


Size: 135 sq m (1,460 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


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