More than just a plain Jane

WHAT they lack in design finesse from the front, the big family homes in Cork’s Janeville make up for in sheer property punch.

These are great, big, accommodating houses, built to last.

Dating to the early 1980s, Janeville is just off the Blackrock Road in Ballintemple, across the road from Victorian ‘pretenders’ Lindville.

Janeville houses don’t pretend to be anything other than spacious homes in a great setting, within a walk of the city centre — and Ballintemple still has its suburban village community feel.

It has been three years since the last house came up for sale here: then, No 9 was guided at €675,000 but was bid up to €825,000.

New to the market, just across the road, is No 12, a five-bedroomed home of 2,800 sq ft, which has been home to a bank manager who transferred all over the country, having refused to leave this property.

Janeville was built in two sections, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and by two builders, Hegartys and Michael Burke, and they were the most expensive new homes in the city at the time.

No 12 will reprise that aspirational trading-up role again, given its spacious appeal, large site and pristine garden, testament to the couple who planted and landscaped it over the years.

12 Janeville has a €1.2 million guide with Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing. At this 9% stamp duty level, prospective bidders will have more than a passing interest in election promises: writing a €110,000 cheque to the tax man certainly brings politics closer to the purse.

But all bidders will face having to pay the same tax, and the winner will, as usual, be the one with the deepest pockets or the best and most saleable home to trade up out of.

Mr Olden expects enquiries from Lindville occupants across the road, given the extra privacy and site sizes here, with the accommodation over two floors, unlike Lindville’s three floors.

There’s a car port to the right of the front door, with a door to the large rear utility and on to the kitchen — ideal for unloading shopping in shelter — while the front entry is a far grander affair, opening to outer and inner halls.

The polished hardwood staircase is 4’ wide, an indication of the generosity of space and layout at either end, and the living areas don’t disappoint either.

The main living rom is 17’ by 15’, with a bay window almost its full width, while French doors lead to a further reception room, with sliding doors to a covered south-facing patio with water feature.

There’s also a dining room, a kitchen/dining space of 27' by almost 12’ with an original Murray kitchen and fireplace at the far end. The pantry/utility space off the kitchen is a useful 18’ by 10’ in size, with a guest WC and shower off it next to the back hall entry.

One of the five bedrooms has a shower room en suite, all of the bedrooms are good doubles or more and the main bathroom has a coloured suite.

No 12 has been very well maintained, with all the evidence of spit and polish inside and out — but a new owner will make the inevitable kitchen and bathroom changes, possibly considering flooring and finishes too.

But that is all discretionary, and there’s already double glazing, an alarm system and oil heating in place as well as a garden you can enjoy all year round, thanks to two glass houses, a pond and a perfect south and west aspect on its private sides.

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