Fairways for a nice slice of suburbia

THERE was a time when Cork’s Maryborough Hill had a couple of small developments and a sprinkling of one-off houses.

But while No 4 The Fairways was once a pioneer into the untamed wilds of the countryside, it now finds itself in what is a very suburban location.

The detached four-bed is across the road from the Douglas Golf Club and has the slip road to the south ring right next door.

This access is handy in a suburb where most of the commuting time can involve getting out of new developments in the first place.

Number 4 is on the market with John Barry of Keane Mahony Smith who’s looking for offers in the region of €580,000 for the 140 sq m house.

There’s parking at the front for two cars – maybe three at a push – and the main entrance is through the centre of the property with the kitchen running along the rear.

There are two fairly formal living rooms to either side of the entrance hallway, the staircase is tucked in at the rear and rises to the left and the former garage has been converted to a dining room.

The sitting room was originally part of an L-shaped layout, but has been divided up to provide an office/therapy room to the rear.

The stud partitions could be taken down create a larger space where the combination of windows on back, side and front would add to the spatial effects.

The kitchen runs along the back wall of the house with a little breakfast bar and a decent utility at one end, with a guest bathroom and access to the garden. Off the kitchen is the formal dining room and along the corridor is the fourth bedroom.

Similar houses in the area have large extensions at the rear and no 4 has plenty of garden space on offer, as well as room at either side. There are three good double bedrooms in the dormer space and the master suite cleverly uses the slope of the roof to create a soft romantic canopy over the bed. It comes en suite.

All in all, No 4 is a good, solid house in a great area with an impressive attention to detail.

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