Plenty of options with spacious semis in desirable Douglas

TWO Douglas semis-ds, in strong selling locations, have added extras in their back gardens, as the autumn selling seasons slows further.

The back garden is the key to value and the asking price at Ron Carrig, a Douglas, Cork, three-bed semi-d in Trabeg Avenue extended in the 1980s, and possibly primed now for a second house in its grounds.

And in Rosebank, more on the city side of Douglas, a four-bed semi called Melody has former doctor’s surgery, waiting room and WC in a separate building to the back, with lots of scope for extension or integration to the main dwelling.

Ron Carrig is set on a corner site in Trabeg Avenue, off the south Douglas Road, opposite the main but side entrance to Douglas Community School, Ron Carrig is a three-bed semi-d with a ground floor skirt of add-on, which brings its floor area to nearly 2,000 sq ft.

That’s according to estate agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs auctioneers, who seek offers around €650,000 for the property with definite further options.

Because the back garden is over 100’ long, there’s plenty of room for another dwelling.

Individual house sites in the inner Douglas area can be worth €250,000 and even much more, so if there’s a reasonable indication of a planning grant it makes the main dwelling quite an affordable option.

The house has side and rear extension. Its original two reception rooms (one with salvaged period fireplace) now are interlinking, there’s a very big and bright (mornings especially) kitchen/dining room with quality solid pitch pine units, and overhead is a vaulted pine panelled ceiling, and there’s a side utility and guest WC. Simply convert the side garage here and you virtually have a ready-made granny flat.

Overhead are three bedrooms, plus main bathroom.

Meanwhile, in need of a new kitchen or extension but with excellent ‘bones’ and a strong location is the Rosebank four-bed semi called Melody, with big back gardens stretching back to a mature boundary with Ballincurrig Park.

Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald had a ‘sale agreed’ this month under Melody’s €570,000 asking price, but it has just fallen victim to a chain of stalled sales.

“You could move in now, and do work along the way, or look at the bigger picture, the surgery building to the back gives lots of extra space and options,” she says.

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