Classy Clonbray sitting pretty on private, green site

A COUPLE of months after the sale of Belmont House at Moneygourney, Billy Casey is now offering Clonbray, a similar type of property at the same location off Marybourough Hill, Cork.

A five-bed bungalow on an immaculate, one-third of an acre site, Clonbray differs from Belmont in that it’s bigger, is in walk-in condition and has recently had a roof replacement. The house is pristine and has most of its gardens to the front, which is handy, as this is the south-facing end of the property.

And while the roof has been redone, (in pre-formed tiling,) and there is excellent space already, it’s not out of the question to see potential for a dormer here. The bungalow base is wide enough to provide up to three good bedrooms, which would increase the living space without increasing the footprint.

The investment, despite the recession, would be repaid in terms of the location and the demand for quality housing in an area regarded as one of the more salubrious in Cork city. And yet it’s not in the city, but in the county — despite the scale of housing in the general area. The pel mel rush to development in what’s been regarded as a gold-plated zone has fizzled out in the face of the downturn.

The ambitious plans of Castlelands Construction, at Maryborough Hill and including 800 acres on the Douglas/Carrigaline axis, now looks like a very distant project. The greens of Douglas Golf Club, which they have optioned, look set more for driving than piling for the foreseeable future.

Which means Clonbray is sitting pretty on a private, green site in an area that’s still rural.

On the market at €750,000, the house is substantial and comes with a sunny conservatory to the rear.

Other rooms include a drawing room and dining room of 26’ by 14’, a newly fitted kitchen of 19’ by 11’ and a family/TV room of slightly smaller dimensions. There are four double bedrooms located in one wing, with an ensuite master and separate study.

And it’s immaculately presented, inside and out.

Those looking to trade up to a detached house with good gardens in Douglas should contact Casey and Kingston Auctioneers.

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