But at Comeragh, in Cork’s Ballincurrig Park, you get a house that’s immediately liveable and also comes with full planning for an extension.
The property follows on the heels of a similar house at Loreto Park, which is for sale with the same agent, Billy Casey of Casey and Kingston.
Both are Denis J McCarthy-built properties but differ in their guide prices.
Endersby, at Loreto Park, went on at €650,000 and that guide recognises the large site attached, whereas Comeragh is open to offers at €595,000.
Recent sales for these classic four-beds have made around the €600,000 mark, down on a peak of €730,000 two years ago.
Yet demand is always good for Douglas Road properties and resales are strong, despite the current market.
The proximity to the city, the ‘good-address’ perception and generous size with good gardens, are all grist to the sales mill.
Comeragh has a large kitchen/diner, with units at one end and a Victorian fireplace at the other and a separate living room. Overhead, there are four bedrooms and a bathroom and there is potential to create a suite at attic level.
As the house comes with extension permission, new owners have the option of running with the existing plans.
Windows have been replaced, double doors are fitted in the main living areas, wiring and plumbing have been upgraded and wooden floors laid. Most of the hard work has been done, so it’s a move-in prospect.