Ideal trading up residence in Blackrock’s Lisnalee

THERE’S only one folly in the purchase of no 17 Lisnalee, and that’s the old castle folly seen just beyond the back garden wall of this Blackrock, Cork home.

Tucked away among the mature trees behind Barrington’s Avenue home at Lisnalee is an old circular stone tower, just the thing to spin Rapunzel fairy tales around before putting the kids to bed.

The four-bed, fully detached and private home is reckoned to be an ideal trading up home option in the city’s southern suburbs, with a quiet setting in off the main Blackrock Road and Barrington’s Avenue, a swift and almost traffic-free spin away from the city centre.

Lisnalee, an early O’Flynn Construction scheme from the late 1980s, was built into the front and side gardens of the Georgian home Lisnalee, which itself has sold several times in the intervening period.

No 17 is the last house in, on the left, and has been invested in by its owners who bought in 2004, and it is now for sale with Hamilton Osborne King, who seek €650,000-plus, and €700,000 seems eminently achievable if a couple of bidders get keen enough.

It is well placed for all sorts of family demands, with schools available locally, the Atlantic Pond and Marina are popular amenity walks for generations past. The leafy walks beneath are seen from the back of no 17, and any new owners may follow suit on neighbours who have colonised unused land to the back for extra garden and amenity space: there’s about 0.04 of an overgrown acre to be tamed. The space to hand also means any future house extension won’t eat up all the back garden space.

The house’s exterior is low-maintenance, with accommodation inside, including hall, 17’ deep sitting room with oak floor and gas-inset fireplace, double doors lead back to a dining room, also oak-floored, oak again surfaces in the kitchen units, the kitchen/dining space is extensively shelved and oak floors feature too in the separate play room floor.

The lower level includes a utility room, and guest, WC, while upstairs are four bedrooms, most with built-ins, one bedroom has an en suite and there’s a main family bathroom too. It also has central heating, double glazing, an alarm, outdoor lighting, and side access to the back garden and shed.

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