Prized property in Menloe Gardens overlooks green

THINGS are starting to get a bit busy at Menloe Gardens in Cork’s Blackrock suburb with a second house up for sale in as many weeks — and that’s after a hungry gap of two years, or so.

Billy Casey of Casey and Kinsgston is selling ‘Brookleigh,’ a five bedroomed, semi-detached house overlooking the green in Menloe Gardens and he’s given this prize property a guide price of €900,000.

The ‘leighs and ‘hursts’ of Menloe with their Anglo-Saxon end names are all indicative of the place and time, and architecturally they are that very Surrey of styles: Domestic Revival.

A snug little scheme off the Blackrock road, most of the houses date from the thirties, although with some of the makeovers, that’s hardly believable. There are some superb examples of the architect’s art on display, so it’s likely Brookleigh will get the same treatment.

And it already has its own earlier extension with a distinctive corner windows reaching into the extra-wide garden.

The site is superb for buyers at this level because it allows for widthways and lengthways expansion. Parts of the garden, however, would have to be sacrificed for an extension to the rear, which would be a shame as it has an old-fashioned kitchen and fruit garden.

There are lines of raspberry canes to one side, with luscious loganberries tied to the old back wall, and in the boundary with next door’s garden are a regiment of lily of the valley. Closer to the house, a carpet of herbs hold the low ground.

The wooden garden shed is a delight, too, with its old tools and preserving pan, and inside, the house has somewhat the same atmosphere.

The kitchen tiles run into the opening for a solid fuel stove.

There’s a separate pantry and ground floor bathroom and to the side are two interconnecting reception rooms. Like most of the houses in this estate they are not huge, but the dining room has a bay window to the front and the drawing room to the rear has double doors out to the garden.

There’s great scope to improve on the original layout, especially as the upper floor is larger than the ground floor level, thanks to the extension.

There are five bedrooms here, along with a main bathroom, which should satisfy the demands of most families. And the layout may be reconfigured in any renovation.

Brookleigh has replacement PVC windows, a porch entrance and is west-facing to the rear.

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