Classy home to shake up sleepy market

AFTER the summer property slowdown, frustrated house-hunters and estate agents with an eye on their fees are hoping for a surge of newly listed properties for sale.

Whatever came up for sale over the last few months got a positive reaction, but supply was scarce across the board and around the country.

September, though, is generally the month when there’s a surge of new listings. With stability back in the residential market and price increases moderating, hopes are high for a good and plentiful supply of quality second-hand homes for sale.

Coming up in the early crop of new listings, and aimed at relocating execs or professionals, is No 4, Charlemont Heights in Cork’s Rochestown hills.

Charlemont Heights was built in the late 1980s off Coach Hill, a couple of miles from Douglas and just beyond the end of the south ring road network with swift Lee tunnel access. The dozen or so large new homes were built in the grounds of the compact Georgian Charlemont House, where a sale has recently been agreed for an undisclosed sum, likely to be well in excess of 1 million. No 4, Charlemont Heights is a four-bed detached home of 2,200 sq ft, and it has an asking price of €460,000 with Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy auctioneers.

He says it has one of the best presented interiors of any house to come up for sale this year in Cork, a tribute to its owners of the past six years or so. It has views of the inner harbour. There are generous sloping gardens front and back with good privacy behind thanks to mature trees.

The house has a lounge 20’ by 13’, double French doors to a garden/patio area and a bay window to the front.

There’s a family living room, again with double doors and garden access, a dining room, kitchen/breakfast room with oak units, and guest loo.

Overhead there are four bedrooms, one en suite, and the main bathroom.

The house has gas central heating and PVC double glazing.

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