Make yourself at Holmleigh

This four-bed semi in Loretto Park defies expectations, writes Tommy Barker

Make yourself at Holmleigh

When you’ve seen enough semi-ds of a certain vintage, especially those coming about as executor sales and lived in for decades by previous owners, it’s easy to get blase or think you know just what to expect. But, ready to be made homely, Holmleigh is one that defies expectations.

A four-bed semi in Loretto Park, between the main and south Douglas Roads in Cork, it’s surprisingly fresh, without in any way being a slave to modern makeovers.

Dating to the mid-1900s, it has all the signs of a house that has been scrupulously maintained, and regularly seen to, with necessary upgrades, with money sensibly spent for quality work.

It’s brand new to market too with agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs, who guides it at €390,000, and who points to comparable semis selling in the area this year for over and under the €400,000 mark, in one case making €450,000 for a four-bed near Ballincurrig, after heavy viewings.

Holmleigh, or 34 Loretto Park, doesn’t have quite the same character, or leafy gardens, but it’s an absolute seller as any new owner can walk in, and work away with personal changes.

As it stands, it has its two front, west-facing reception rooms interlinked by folding doors, with tiled fireplaces facing from either end of the 26’ by 13’ space created. The hall’s wide with a cloakroom, and the kitchen’s just big enough for a breakfast table, and has a small pantry area under stairs — not quite walk-in, more sort of stoop-in.

Behind the kitchen is an 11’ by 7’ sunroom and WC, facing east, with shower, leading to a sandstone-flagged two tiered walled-in and graveled back garden, with raised rhubarb beds with railway sleepers, and a dwarf spreading apple tree, literally with low-lying fruit there for the autumnal plucking.

Overhead are four bedrooms, two doubles, one with sink, two good singles, and the attic has Stira access and has been recently insulated. Windows are recently installed, double glazed, central heating is via oil, there’s a garage to the side and there’s an alarm fitted.

LOCATION: off Douglas Road, Cork

PRICE: €390,000

SIZE: 145 (1,570 sq ft)

BEDROOMS: 4

BATHROOMS: 2

BER RATING: E

BEST ASSET: A clean buy

VERDICT: Vendors were exceptionally house-proud.

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