Choice home with the rightcity address

THERE are a number of ‘good’ addresses in Cork city, and to be scientific about it, these can be broken down to their constituent parts which include estates, roads or rows.

Take for instance the Model Farm road, a locale that’s choice enough on its own, but add Bishopstown Park above the address line and you’re immediately up a notch in the status stakes.

This is a quiet little cul-de-sac of houses just opposite the Church of the Holy Ghost which could be described as having the stock broker belt feel. Like Menloe, on the Blackrock Road, these houses are Domestic Revival in style, although some were built as late as the 1950s. And they are all different, but all come with smart windows and doors and lush gardens that reach over high walls onto the road.

This is not the kind of row you’ll walk through, which in turn gives it great privacy. Now if you couldn’t give a fig for status, but are looking for a smart, well-kept house in a superb location, then this Bishopstown Park house could be the buy for you.

‘Westbury’ is new to the summer market with Billy Casey of Casey and Kingston and he’s starting the house at €800,000.

A classic Dutch bungalow, this house comes with a mature site, (back gardens are bounded by an old limestone wall, a brand new kitchen/sunroom extension, a number of reception rooms and four bedrooms.

The house is in very good condition and a change of decor is all a new owner would have to do here to put their own stamp on the house. Considering the high demand in this hospital/university area, there should be a good response to Westbury and the fact that there is no remedial work involved means the possession time is shortened.

The house comes with some cute features and has new double glazed windows in all rooms.

The main living room has a new fireplace installed and across the hallway, there’s a formal dining room, but these rooms could have any configuration.

Mahogany double doors connect to a study area overlooking the back garden and it might be possible to put double doors here leading directly outside.

The kitchen is to the rear of the living room and extends right into the garden. It has free-standing units a one end, has an Aga in an alcove and at the dining end, has a simple, gas fireplace. Overhead, velux windows allow ambient light and double doors lead out to a professionally finished patio.

The gardens, with its big old tree and tree house is perfectly safe for children and isn’t overlooked at the rear. In fact, it adjoins the large gardens of an adjoining property.

Leafy and lovely, Westbury is one of just a few houses available in the western suburbs at the moment.

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