The house at 4 Rosepark, between Cork’s two Douglas roads, is a perfect match for its site: sometimes, big houses get squeezed on to small city sites, or small houses are lost on big expanses of ground. Not so here at No 4: it is a perfect match, being a large-ish five-bed detached family home on an utterly private site of a third of an acre, in a cracking suburban setting.
Location is at the tail end of Loreto Park, easily reached off the main Douglas road/Cross Douglas Road, or the south Douglas road.
Just four similar houses were built in this cul de sac enclave in the early 1980s, by the well-regarded niche developer Tim Lawton. The site was a former market garden, owned by a Mr Barry, who supplied the Douglas area with vegetables from this location for decades.
Of the four in inner-most Loreto, No 4 seems to have the biggest site, and was the first picked by its family owners who are now selling up to make a downsizing move to the seaside.
The design of the two-storey house is pretty safe looking, appealing to a wide cross-section, and fitting in five pretty good bedrooms, plus good living space, with every bit of its c. 2,000 sq ft well kept and up to speed. But, the site and setting is what is going to make it a strong seller, irrespective of the current state of the trading up market.
A couple of years ago, this could have been expected to be rapidly bid over the €1 million mark. Now, in more sober and straitened times, it is guided at €795,000 by Conor Smith and Kevin O’Sullivan of Property Team O’Sullivan, and that’s a level achievable to many traders-up.
No 4 is fairly squarely plonked in the middle of the one-third acre site, with loads of breathing space all around and it has a selection of outside seating/patio area. There’s also loads of parking, along with a detached garage and secure compound for storage.
The gardens have 15’ high hedging on two sides, and some feature railway sleepers and old street cobbles salvaged from the now-disappeared Merchants Street that act as simple low level borders. The front of the house has a high wall, and entrance pillars with electronically controlled gates to continue the security theme, while gardens are extensively lit, with motion sensors (the vendor has a background in electrical work.)
Internally at ground level, there’s a front sun-room/porch, open hall, large front-to-back living dining room 28’ by 12, smaller family room off the kitchen, neat study/home office, and utility and guest WC with shower.
Going up, the stairs splits with one dormer-style bedroom off to the left, and there are four more good bedrooms, plus en suite and main bathroom to the other side.
There probably hasn’t been a resale in Rosepark in 20 years, No 4 is a walk-in job where any changes will be discretionary, so don’t expect this good ‘un to hang around.