Classically designed in a classic location

CLASSIC elegance that's the look here at Lios Bán on the Model Farm Road, a house in a classic location.

This is recognisably one of the best addresses in the city with Lios Bán topping the list of quality properties appearing on the market this spring.

On this stretch of road, directly across from the Holy Ghost church, houses rarely come up for sale. A bit of cliché, perhaps, but true in the case of most large houses here, it's only when the family grows up and the house gets too big that these houses are put on the market. Which is another way of saying that when you buy here you stay on your particular property summit.

Lios Bán has been a work in progress for many years, it's been extended not just once, but several times and has a footprint of 2,367 square feet.

The extension to the facade almost masks the classical design of this house with its large, double height bay and Wyatt sash windows in simple black and white, which gives this house immense character.

Set behind high hedges and on a large site, there's plenty of privacy, especially in the back garden, where the serenity belies the busy world passing outside the front door.

This, the more mature end of the Model Farm Road is home to a profusion of good gardens and gardeners.

Lios Bán is no exception, the long lawn which includes a green house and potting shed is bounded by trees and hedging and finished off with a band of well-trimmed mature shrubs. Big wide windows and patio doors at the rear give onto the garden and because most of the rooms are open front to back, light pours through from the front, which has a southerly aspect.

Comfortable, but also impressive, the house is in super condition, says Brian Olden of Lisney, who has given a starting price of €890,000 to Lios Bán.

"This is a magnificent, detached house of a type which rarely comes to market," says Mr Olden, "and it's within walking distance of the Bons and UCC in one of the most high profile and sought-after residential locations in Cork city."

Reception rooms come with large, quality fireplaces and are extra large: the split-level lounge is 9.8m by 4.0m with a slightly smaller family room, followed by a formal dining room, conservatory and kitchen.

The go-large philosophy also applies to the master bedroom which comes with a bathroom and a bank of built-ins.

Three other double rooms and a main bathroom make up the rest of the upper floors and a guest bathroom and utility are located on the ground floor.

The main driveway is cobble-locked and has plenty of parking. Gas heating is installed and the property is fully alarmed.

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