Birchgrove adds an extra dimension with extension

THIS is a little beauty — plain and simple.

Number 1 Birchgrove is part of a small circle of houses off the Monaghan Road from which it’s separated by a high bank of birches — hence the name.

Groups of semi-detached three-beds are centred around a large green area, and in the heights above is the Lindville Estate. Both estates were the work of the same builder.

That work has been considerably augmented at no 1, where a wraparound extension has added a new dimension to the standard layout.

And it’s anything but predictable: the owner’s family are in the cabinet making business and the quality of the kitchen is superb. Sweet chestnut doors and oak base units combine with big larder units to give a warm, country feel to the kitchen. Through one door there’s a fully built-in study leading onto an open-plan dining space. And through another a corridor with full length bookshelves, off of which is a guest cloakroom.

The dining room is at the rear of the new extension and overlooks the back garden which is accessed through double doors. A private and charming space, it comes with raised sleeper beds, a gravel and deck dining area, and has a garden shed tucked neatly into one corner. A high wall protects from the road, but will allow free sound to move across the road from the Live at the Marquee gigs.

The former Showgrounds arena is earmarked for a significant, civic development by the City Council, so the long-term prospects in investing here are good.

Round from the dining room is the utility, (which is a larger than usual triangular space) and can be accessed directly from the kitchen through the book-lined corridor.

The west facing sunroom is to the front of the house and faces out over a big, corner garden with some lovely, tropical planting. This is a house full of personality, inside and out, and its quirky layout and loads of extra space downstairs makes it well worth a look.

On the market with Beth Lawlor of Property Choice, it has 1,500 square feet on offer, with good off-street parking. And while it has a three-bed layout overhead, the master bedroom has top quality fitted wardrobes and a Jack and Jill, Jacuzzi bathroom.

It’s on the market at €420,000 and is a 20-minute walk to Cork city.

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