Semi in a gem of a location in quiet suburban location

CALLED after a quiet west Cork village, the semi-detached Cork home also called Adrigole shares a sort of quiet setting, albeit in a suburban location.

The semi-detached home is in Ballincurrig Park, a cul de sac rectangle-shaped estate off the Douglas Road near the Briar Rose bar complex, shops and schools.

It is a gem of a location, settled, easy to access and live in, there’s no thru’ traffic, the houses have mature gardens, and high front walls for the most part. The city centre is a walk one way, burgeoning Douglas Village (will the shopping centre extension ever stop growing?) is an even easier trot the other way, and it is right by a bus route stop as well, with Douglas ‘nurseries’ public park, pitches and swimming pool just across the main road.

Dating to the 1950s, Adrigole is a four-bed semi of quite distinctive stepped design, with additional space grafted on the side, with a single storey enclosed porch as well. The park was done in stages, by more than one builder, by Denis McCarthy and PJ Hegartys who did a clutch of this style of semis. Currently, this offering has about 1,400 sq ft of space, in what selling agents Savills say is its quite original condition.

Asking price is €560,000, which reflects Ballincurrig’s elevated regard among home hunters: a recent sale saw €600,000 paid for a plainer four-bed semi needing work, and another similar one is still on offer for €580,000 with Casey and Kingston.

Meanwhile, Savills’ Peter Cave diplomatically says Adrigole “requires some modernisation,” and that indeed it does. It has things like replacement PVC window and gas central heating already in situ.

However, it has recently had underpinning and drains replacement work done to it — most houses in the hinterland need it done sooner or later.

Just how badly Adrigole needed it can be seen in the now-steadied cracks in internal walls.

Removing the remaining signs of movement is now a relatively easy job, as any new owner upgrade, and the wiring needs replacement, so that means reskimming and plastering in any case.

Already, the ‘other half’ of this semi-d duo has added a two-storey extension to the rear, and other similar vintage houses in Ballincurrig have gone for quite large new additions, adding up to 1,000 sq ft.

Adrigole has two reception rooms, kitchen with pantry off to the back, plus rudimentary loo, a nice side-set staircase, and overhead four bedrooms and main bathroom.

It is west-facing at the front, has a detached garage to the left, and the back garden allows for extension.

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