Two semis near Douglas village similar, but different thanks to old extension

Tommy Barker sizes up two semis of differing sizes in the same location near Douglas village.

Two semis near Douglas village similar, but different thanks to old extension

Douglas, Cork: €330,000/€365,000

Size: 1,200/1,500 sq ft

Bedrooms: 3/4

Bathrooms: 2/1

BER: 2/F

Best Feature: Choice

THEY could be sibling or sister semi-detached houses, with one bigger boned than the other, but they’re not joined at the hip or at a party wall — they are separated by three neighbouring homes.

Welcome to No 1 and No 5 Belvedere Lawn, just off Cork’s city’s main Douglas Road, 500 metres from the suburban ‘village’ of Douglas.

With nice, west-facing back gardens which are book-ended by an old limestone wall, there’s a lot of similarities between these two mid 1900s semis, but one — No 1, pictured left above — is bulkier than its nearby sibling, a good 1,500 sq ft, as it was originally built with a two-storey add-on with overhead fourth bedroom.

The Belvedere Lawn estate, a straight run between the main and south Douglas roads with a sort of dog-leg extension called Mahon Drive by Douglas Community school, has a mix of mostly three-beds, and handful of a stretched four-beds which are the exact match, save for the extra space on the side under an exteneded roof.

Now, one of each type has come to market with estate agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs auctioneers, with a pure coincidence of timing, but of clear interest to house hunters who want to weigh up the size-for-cash and extension options.

No 5, called Kantara (pictured below), is in solid, but quite an original state, with three overhead bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen with narrow rear extension, outside loo beyond, and even has a guest WC and a shower squeezed in under the hall stairs - quite a feat. it’s under offer at its €330,000 asking price.

Original features include old tiled fireplaces, and a terrazzo porch floor, and they’re in evidence again in No 1 Hillsborough, guided at €365,000, which has the very handy extra fourth bedroom to the side, with original fireplace also.

VERDICT: See them both.

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