All swell at Sunday’s Well

Sunday’s Well, Cork city €325,000

All swell at Sunday’s Well

THERE’S a whole bunch of bonus points with new-to-market arrival No 5 Buxton Hill – the c 100-year old home is a rare thing in this Sunday’s Well suburban enclave, a true stroll-in job, refurbed top to bottom, on a decent sized site – and with secure, gated access parking for a half a dozen cars into the bargain.

And, it’s within a short walk of Cork’s city centre – once you get used to the near-vertiginous climb back up along Buxton Hill, that is: it’s near steep enough to test a sherpa’s stamina.

This lofty plinth, south-facing on a height reached via a narrow, characterful straight-up lane from Sunday’s Well Road by O’Flynn butchers and sharing an address with a dozen or so Janemount houses, has long been a favourite haunt of UCC academics, lawyers, and even a medic or two. The word ‘enclave’ might well have been coined to describe it.

Traditionally, the charm and appeal up here around Sunday’s Well and Buxton Hill was for large, older homes, with older house features (think a rush of enthusiasm for stripped pine and window shutters in the 1980s).

Down the past decade or so this stretch here above Sunday’s Well road has seen regentrification, in fits and starts; yet for all that, few houses would have been as thoroughly done as No 5, which has open viewings Monday noon to 1pm.

Thanks to a family link to generations of builders, taking on No 5 back in the mid-2000s when it needed considerable rebuilding would have caused few worries for its current owners, who did it all up back about eight years ago.

It’s had some walls all but replaced, has grown by over 50% in size thanks to a cosy, two-storey timber rear extension to now stand at over 1,750 sq ft of comfort, and has a site of about one-fifth of an acre, with secure gated access, and with a side patio for evening sun.

And, it has a decent back garden with extraordinary 20’ high stone boundary walls separating it from the disgracefully forlorn, and fire-ravaged, Good Shepherd Convent whose acres of grounds and grave of ‘Little Nelly of Holy God’ are immediately to the west. It’s all very much a Cork sort of context, and an unmistakable setting.

The views from No 5 stretch best and furthest out to the west, while glimpses of UCC’s campus can be discerned from the upstairs’ three front rooms of this two-storey, semi-detached house – sort of higher education, at a distance, and routes back to UCC and the Bon Secours are via North Mall and the Distillery Walk, or via the Mardyke and the Shakey Bridge (no, those are not Cork jokes about a tipsy’s walker’s gait or gatch.)

No 5 Buxton Hill is new to market for the first time since its effective rebuilding with estate agent Michael O’Donovan of Savills, who guides at a tempting €325,000, and all it needs is for one or two Sunday’s Well/Buxton Hill aficionados to get stuck in, and bidding may go well above that as it needs little or no other spending; however, its decent-sized grounds will come on in leaps and bounds with a bit more planting and colour.

An older era (c 1920) semi-d of decent size, it has two of its four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms with showers, and the master bedroom’s behind, a very good size with double aspect and with extra height ceilings.

There’s also a main bathroom, with bath (solar panels provide hot water six to nine months of the year) and a closet on the stairs.

Downstairs, there are reception rooms left and right of the entry hall, one with wood-burning stove and this room has a double aspect, with its back window looking out on pile of chopped timber under useful drying canopy cover.

The sizeable rear extension houses the cheery large kitchen/dining room, with east-west aspect, and granite topped units, with utility, guest WC and garden access beyond.

No 5 has zoned gas heating, new wiring, plumbing and good bathrooms, and fibre-powered broadband with high-end 4K TV delivery for TV and tech fans.

VERDICT: Little as fresh, and with as much parking, as No 5 in venerable Sunday’s Well.

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