Opportunity to set down roots in a leafy suburb

LEAFY by name, and leafy by nature, the house Leafdale Lodge is handily placed in a quiet residential corner near the Lough wildfowl sanctuary in Cork city.

The three-bed bungalow is in St Joseph’s Park, close enough to the Lough to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to at feeding time for the swans and ducks.

The park - close to University College Cork and close enough for an energetic walk to the city centre - is mature and settled, and Leafdale Lodge has abundant greenery in keeping with its name, even though most of the outdoor garden space is to the front of the property.

Nicely kept, the bungalow has a guide price of €385,000 with Nichola Murray of Frank V Murphy auctioneers, and rooms take in a 14’ by 11’ living room, large 19’ by 11’ kitchen diner with built ins and fireplace, three-piece bathroom and three bedrooms.

It is pitched at traders down, but equally may suit a couple - those with families might look at upward extensions, but at the price level further building work would add quite a bit to the costs involved. As it stands, the house has oil heating, aluminium windows, alarm and good parking, plus a garage/workshop.

And, at the same price level but across the city at Broadale beyond Douglas, the same selling agents have a four-bedroomed semi-detached family home at number 7 Willsbrook. Guided at €380,000-plus, the modern home has decking to the back, two reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, guest WC, and one of the four bedrooms has an ensuite and bay window.

Ready to move into, number 7 Willsbrook has off-street parking and gas heating.

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