Star power opposite hurling club

Located across the street from Blackrock Hurling Club is a beauty of a find. Rose Martin reports.

YOU can almost hear the thunk of leather on ash at this address — it’s directly across the road from Blackrock Hurling and Football Club.

Almost — because this delightful semi, Summerfield, is tucked away at the far end of Willbowbank, right up to the old estate walls. This house is a gem and subtly differs from its neighbours: there’s the green door for starters, along with the bottle green windows and inside, the interior is impressive.

Summerfield offers space at a price bracket that will suit starters or trader-uppers. And there’s more than enough room at the back for extensions, too.

However, apart for a good range of ground-floor living rooms, there’s a south-west facing garden with a large, floor-level deck running along the back. While it’s hard to imagine it now, this really is a room outside in the summer. The rest of the garden is generous, with a vegetable plot near the old limestone wall which connects to Temple Vale, next door.

Internally, this house has a tasteful, formal living room with a dark and dove grey colour scheme and a simple but effective sandstone fireplace.

Flooring is oak and this extends into the staircase hallway, which is nicely finished in cream, giving access to the study: it comes equipped with desktop area and is wired for broadband.

The kitchen/dining/living room runs along the rear of the house and the working zone is fitted with Shaker maple units with separate utility and rear access at the side. The dining room has access directly onto the deck through large, double doors. This long, brightly-lit space is finished in coffee/cream decor and fitted with a sandstone fireplace.

Overhead, the master bedroom is finished in cute, 60s paper on an accent wall and the box bedroom has been turned into a walk-in wardrobe, while the third bedroom is a good double.

VERDICT: A headache-free, quality buy at a reasonable asking price. And Summerfield has a great, Blackrock location.

Jacob’s Island Cork €195,000

Sq m: 93 (1,000 square feet)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

LARGER than the average semi, no 1, The Courtyard, Jacob’s Island is a relatively new build which also comes with an extra large site. Laid out with parking to the front and good green space nearby, this house is on the market in ready-to-go condition for offers in the region of €195,000. The selling agent is Terence O’Leary of Murray Browne. Rooms include a decent sitting room of 22’ by 15’ which comes with French doors to the back garden. Adjoining is a bright modern, kitchen dining room of 16’ by 8’ with integrated appliances and overhead are three bedrooms, with master en suite.

VERDICT: Worth a look for those working in the south city as this house is off the south ring network. Rental properties are in demand in this area.

Glanmire, Co Cork €193,500

Sq m: 112 (1200 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

THIS four bed semi at 47 Old Avenue, Riverstown, at Glanmire, Co Cork, is in exceptionally good condition and offers a lot for the first time buyer.

Finished to a tee and including a large, country pine fitted kitchen, this house is a walk-in proposition and even the garden is finished with a handy, deck area for al fresco dining.

The house is on the market with Paul O’Driscoll of Thos J O’Driscoll and Co and says there are no offers yet, but viewings have been good.

At the guide price of €193,500 it offers a hallway with space for a guest bathroom, a sitting room with cast iron fireplace and bay window, a separate living room with patio doors to the garden and that large kitchen/diner.

Overhead, there are four bedrooms, with master en suite and a main bathroom and the heating is run on gas.

Verdict: This is a large four bed so first-time buyers will be skipping a step if they buy here.

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