Osterley is best up front

Extended five-bed has small rear garden, says Tommy Barker.

Osterley is best up front

Douglas, Cork €395,000 

Sq m 218 (2,350 sq ft) 

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 

BER: C2

SET to the rear of its triangular site, off the South Douglas Road at the entrance to Trabeg Lawn, is this extended, five-bed semi-d called Osterley.

Boosted to 2,345 sq ft in the 1980s, Osterley, or No 2 Trabeg Lawn, has a lot going for it up front, but there’s little outdoors space at the back - a pity, as the site aspect here is so good.

That shortcoming (for some) may be reflected in the price: estate agent Dennis Guerin, of Frank V Murphy & Co, quotes €395,000 for the comfortably finished home, complete with Aga in the kitchen.

Features include polished-parquet hall floor, polished original floors in three reception rooms, all with nice fireplaces, polished wood stairs treads, and a homely kitchen with pine units, plus utility and guest loo.

The two-storey extension, which was put on a few decades ago — and now is seamlessly knitted into the main dwelling’s front, thanks to a healthy growth of ivy along the gable — means there’s room upstairs for an en suite with one of the four bed, plus main bathroom.

Osterley has zoned, gas central heating, alarm and CCTV, and its aluminium, double-glazed windows have a leaded, crisscross pattern that reinforces the feel of security.

The house is very close to Douglas village, across the South Douglas Road from the longer run of Tramore Lawn, near schools and the south-ring road access points to the east and west of Douglas village. A recent sale in Trabeg Lawn via Cohalan Downing saw an original, basic four-bed with west-facing back garden bid up to €406,000.

VERDICT: Of most appeal to those not seeking private outdoor grounds.

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