New kid in a venerable setting

Turners Cross, Cork €240,000

New kid in a venerable setting

Welcome to the new kid on the block — No 30A Derrynane Rd is a bit of a novelty, a new-build home, in a venerable early 20th-century suburban setting at Cork’s Turner’s Cross.

Tall, and delightfully odd in its layout, this very environmentally friendly 1,500 sq ft home is a mere six years old, but already its active young family with two children, and a passion for gardening and veg growing are yearning for more space. Into allotment gardening and the great outdoors, they’re moving to the country and huge gardens.

As a result, the three-storey home with its living quarters on the mid-level is up for sale, carrying a €240,000 asking price with Hugh McPhillips of Marshs. He says there’s been a surge of interest in it, despite August traditionally being a quiet month.

It’s got a studio-style bedroom and study up and across most of the top/second floor, with space wrapping around the second staircase and with a wall cut-out for drawing light down to the landing below.

It’s got two bedrooms (one of them is en suite) immediately off the entry hall at ground level, with rear garden/yard access from the rear bedroom only, plus it has off-street parking in front for a couple of cars if needs be — but the city’s only a stroll, and there’s an excellent bus service too for city-living convenience.

Midships, No 30A (built in the side garden of an older house) has a kitchen/dining/family space right across the back, with ivory gloss units and Neff appliances, plus cheery red glass splashbacks, landing, main bathroom and a front, oak-floored living room with lovely near and distant views up and down the road from its bay window.

It’s well specified and finished, with lots of quirky and hidden storage areas and the decked back garden is a paragon of smart touches, with shed, bike shelter, some rain-water harvesting barrels and knacky storage concealed under raised seating made from decking timbers. It all was a productive horticultural hive this summer, with plants in pots and pipes, while grander growing ambitions were accommodated in an allotment on the edge of the city.

VERDICT: Refreshingly different — as a bit of a quirk with planners, the ground-level footprint is a couple of feet shallower than the upstairs, which overhangs at the back for a bit of shelter. It’s a really good, individual home within a walk or cycle of the city centre, but its top’n’tail bedrooms layout mightn’t suit young families.

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