One good thing leads to another in much-sought-after city suburb

FORGET about the doom and gloom — what about the knock-on effect?

One large sale in Cork’s salubrious Blackrock suburb has led to another and could see more purchases still.

No 12 Sylvan Bank, the final in an estate of just twelve houses, is a big, well-located property which should find a line of buyers — many of whom are likely to come from neighbouring estates.

And the owners are selling as they’re moving to one of the older, grander houses in Blackrock village.

Which means they’re offering a trading-up opportunity in one of the gilt-edge locations of the south city.

Built by Frinailla, who have since gone on to much more ambitious schemes, (Dennehy’s Cross and the Good Shepherd Convent in Sunday’s Well to name just two), this is a discrete, estate off Church Road, built on the grounds of Sylvan Lodge, once home of Cork bakery family, the Thompsons.

The location makes it mid-way between Blackrock and Douglas, in one of the areas of the city where demand is highest.

That said, this property will cream off the upper level buyer as it hits the market at offers in the region of €900,000 through Jim Coughlan and Sonya Irwin of James G Coughlan and Associates.

And it comes with commercial planning in part, which gives it an added extra because the single -storey wing to the side is presently in use as a surgery.

This could continue as such or it could be assumed into the overall house. With apex-high ceilings and stud wall partitions, there’s huge potential to turn this wing into a superb kitchen/ dining/ living area. And it faces east and south with some 500 square feet of space.

As to the rest of the house, there’s still plenty of room on offer — the main living rooms interconnect through double doors and face south and west.

On a corner site, the property has a lovely, west-facing garden which is very private and mature and on the eastern side of the house, there are raised beds with lavender borders, plus a secure storage area.

And to the front there’s plenty of parking for three cars with more in this private cul-de-sac.

The interior is finished in an eclectic style, with some lovely pieces, paintings and a backdrop of classic, Farrow and Ball colours.

The living room is 18’ by 13’ with maple floors and double doors to the dining room. This faces the western garden, (accessed by double doors) leading to the kitchen.

This is fitted in simple, handmade units and finished in Swedish blue, with plenty of room for a kitchen table. The utility has a similar theme and leads through to the surgery, which could also double as an apartment, because it comes with a bathroom, waiting area and consulting rooms.

The upper floor has four bedrooms, each with handmade units from Home Grown kitchens and painted in matt colours. The master is en suite and there’s a main bathroom, and guest loo off the hallway.

This is a house with a lot of options: The attic can also convert to a large suite, (as has been done in neighbouring homes) and the large surgery has the potential to create a really large living space on one of the sunniest sides of the house.

It’s certainly going to appeal to viewers as it has the size, the look and the right location. And lots of potential.

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