Spacious Mount Oval property is in good shape

ROCHESTOWN'S Mount Oval in Cork city's southern suburb is a name that has currency in the property stakes: the address alone packs a powerful punch.

Thirty years ever before O'Flynn Construction's large Mount Oval Village scheme (topping out at about 800 homes) was conceived, the Mount Oval name was applied to a far smaller scheme, by the foot of Clarke's Hill, where these red-brick, faintly colonial style homes have weathered extremely well.

Up for sale in this 1970s scheme done by Pine Developments is 4 Mount Oval, the family home of architect Donogh O'Riordan, a Limerick man who became one of the southern city's most successful architects with a number of well regarded projects to his company Reddy O'Riordan Staehil's credit.

He bought Ben Truda, the former family home of Gerald Goldberg in summer 2004, paying over €2 million for the famous Rochestown Road home with artistic and literary links; that house is now being extended and upgraded, while the acre-plus of gardens are being re-landscaped.

As part of the relocation plan, the O'Riordan family home 4 Mount Oval is now up for sale.

A four-bed detached home on very attractive mature gardens, it is priced at €950,000 by Valerie Parkes and Peter Cave of Hamilton Osborne King, and bidders can expect it to go comfortably past the €1 million mark once the work done here is seen and appreciated: it is a walk-in job, architect-overseen.

There's about 2,500 sq ft of space, with plenty of this area at ground floor level, so living areas are generous. While there's only four bedrooms, all are doubles, and there's a dressing room, an en suite bathroom plus a good main bathroom with blue mosaic tiling. Standard of all sanitary ware is very high, with some wall-hung units, while the guest loo by the hall stairs is small, but smart. No 4's decor is a mix of classical and contemporary; it is a place that has moved with the times, but not shunned its settled setting.

There's an up-to-date kitchen/breakfast room with solid oak floor, white units and Corian worktops and integrated appliances, as well as a cheerily painted red radiator. There's a break-out compact sun room/glazed lean-to off this and formal reception rooms include a 28' by 11' drawing room with garden access via patio doors, a dining room is off this space via an arch and both of these rooms have maple flooring.

There's a family room, as well as a utility room, and a study to the front of the house while the back faces south, and slopes up and away from the house with a variety of colourful planting.

No 4 has gas heating, double glazing, and is as smart outside as it is inside. Access to the ring road network is just 200 yards away at the Rochestown roundabout.

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