Suburban home still has green views

WHEN Avondale was built 18 years ago, the location was distinctly country in feel, at Garryduff in the rural end of Cork’s Rochestown.

Now, the city’s suburbs have come out this way with a bang, with an 800-home scheme Mount Oval Village built behind as the largest of the bunch: in all, there may be close on 2,000 homes built in the Upper Rochestown area in Avondale’s wake.

Despite this building surge, the view from the front of this two-storey, 2,300 sq ft property is still relatively green. Its colonial-style porch directly overlooks the Garryduff sports complex, where the amenity grounds include all-weather pitches, pitch and putt, cricket, bowls, hockey, soccer and tennis, while there are also wooded walks.

Go the other direction, back into the large O’Flynn Construction development Mount Oval Village, and the newly provided amenities here include a large bar and restaurant, shops, clinics and other facilities.

There are golf clubs aplenty too to go with the upwardly mobile aspirations of residents, and the south city ring road and tunnel network puts Douglas, Monkstown, Harbour Point, Fota Island and Cork Golf Clubs all with reach.

Avondale is on a half acre site, with good privacy, has five bedrooms (one en suite) and has a good spacious feel. Rooms include a room-sized hall with teak staircase, sitting and dining room measuring a fine 27’ by 13’, with fireplace and rear garden access, TV/family room, kitchen with pine units and serving hatch, utility room and guest loo, and there’s a study as well at first floor level with ISDN line.

Avondale has dual heating, solid mahogany doors at ground level - and a €745,000 price tag quoted by Paul Fleming of Property Choice auctioneers.

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