House with Turkish look could turn out to be a developer’s delight

THERE’S a touch of the Ottoman Empire or the eastern exotic about the front of this Glasheen Road, suburban Cork house, thanks to something as simple as the ground floor window and door treatment.

Fancifully shaped like the dome of an eastern temple, or a building in the Alhambra, the curves where you’d expect a more regular lintel to lurk really catch the eye. And, the door must have been a tricky task for a carpenter to tackle too: just try getting a quote for a replacement today.

But, why replace, when you can probably cart off the original door as a bit of salvage? It looks like the wrecker’s ball is heading this house’s way. On a large plot, it is in very poor structural order, according to estate agent Darragh Taaffe of Keane Mahony Smith.

The city cottage, carrying a €395,000 price guide with KMS, is on a site of almost half an acre, and therein lies its eventual value.

The auctioneer’s expression ‘seldom will the opportunity arise again’ is a catch phrase abused time and time again, but in this instance it is most definitely the right time to use it,” says Mr Taaffe, whose sales spiel doesn’t even run to internal room measurements: instead, the site he notes is 61 by 30 metres, with high wall to the rear.

If planning is granted for a replacement dwelling, it is probable a new owner will have/want to, set the house back further from the road, possibly in line with other dwellings by the Orchards and an adjacent terrace.

“Unfortunately for those that like this lovely old-style house, it is in poor structural condition. It’s a shame but any prospective buyer will be told that it should be knocked and rebuilt,” Mr Taaffe says: cracks down the front wall like forked lightening appear to bear out his judgement.

With house prices in the locality (less than mile from the city centre, near UCC and the Lough) very strong, a home owner could sell up and buy/build a 2007/2008 house for what he or she would sell their own, says the auctioneer.

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