Huge potential for detached home in salubrious suburb

ENDERSBY — the name gives an indication of the period and the property, a 1950s detached on a huge corner site in the Cork suburb of Douglas.

This is a bit of a gem: a private, solid house with a shroud of big old trees and a location that’s second to none.

Located midway in Loreto Park, it has access to both the main and South Douglas roads and is a brisk walk to Cork city in a mature, suburban location.

Buyers paying the entrance fee of €650,000 will no doubt have dreams of expanding on to the third of an acre site.

And then there’s the possibility of cramming a second detached dwelling on the site, which would be a shame because Endersby has the ultimate luxury for such a city location: big, old gardens. The grass is littered with the fruit of an old apple tree and the groups of herbaceous shrubs belies the amount of space on offer — there’s at least 15ft depth of tree line at the boundary.

The house has an east-west aspect and it also comes with a big shed to one side.

There’s huge potential and the Denis McCarthy-built property seems sound and dry on cursory inspection, and it has had underpinning work, according to Billy Casey of Casey and Kingston.

Inside, past the simple, stained glass front door, there’s a staircase to the right and two large living rooms to the left, facing west. The kitchen, which is a good size, faces east and south and has a walk-in pantry.

The upper floor has two good double bedrooms, a small single and a large single. It’s possible to sacrifice the smallest room as a landing for expansion into the attic, which would provide a master suite, says Casey.

Alternatively, there’s the option to build a two-storey extension from the kitchen which would increase the living space and provide a master suite overhead.

Either way, the house is a good solid starting point for buyers looking to trade up in one of Cork’s most salubrious suburbs.

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