Clash of the cash

THERE are some consolations for not playing an All Ireland hurling final tomorrow — such as getting the nod on the prestigious sale of a €1 million-plus property.

As Cork line up to play Kilkenny this weekend, the captain of last year's Cork hurling team, estate agent Alan Browne, has an easier challenge on his hands, selling 9 Court Cairn, in one of the southern city's best locations, with its lofty price tag.

But, "I'd rather be playing in the All Ireland," admits the 30-year-old hurler who has retired from the inter-county scene, and won't be part of the final fray at a packed Croke Park, where Cork and Kilkenny meet up once more.

Nonetheless, the auctioneer with Cahalane Skuse can expect a bit of a select crowd looking to cast an eye over no 9 in Court Cairn, which has a €1 million guide and is off the Model Farm Road via Highfield with its south-facing back garden tantalisingly bounding Bishopstown GAA's playing fields.

The Court Cairn scheme of a couple of dozen homes by Lawton Developments has shown massive capital appreciation since completion in the mid 1990s, because of the scarcity of trading up options in the western suburbs and the sheer quality of the product here.

It is almost three years since a house here last came up for sale. At the time, it made around €800,000 and in the interim another newly-built house, Dunorlan in nearby Laburnum, made c €1.3 million, showing the level of cash available locally for top-class homes.

Architect-designed Court Cairn delivers family homes par excellence, ranged around pristine greens, and no 9 has five bedrooms (two with en suites, one with dressing room) and about 2,400 sq ft of space in all, with bright open living areas.

There are three access points to the southfacing garden, one from the utility, one from the 21' by 13' kitchen/dining room, and a third from the stepped-down sun room.

There's an entrance lobby with pillars segregating the rest of the large hallway, a 22' by 15' living room with bay windows, and the ground level also has a study, utility and a guest bathroom off it.

Several of the ground level rooms have solid oak floors, and most of the bedrooms have polished wood floors as well.

No 9 is ready to move into, features are the high ceilings and generous circulation areas there's no 'pinched' feeling it has zoned gas heating, power showers, good privacy, a cobble front drive with double garage to the side, the front garden is landscaped while the rear is relatively unplanted, and the exterior mix of brick and dash means maintenance is reduced.

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