At that price, Mr McKenna knows it will be a trading-up proposition, despite it now being just a three-bedroomed home, having been reduced in a previous ownership to three beds from an original tally of four.
No 12 Tirol Avenue is a high-quality pad in the Paddocks development at the foot of Maryborough Hill, with a spotless interior and high comfort factor, plus mature garden boundary that serves as a reminder of this development’s origins on a prime, wooded Douglas hillside setting.
The Price Register shows No 12 last sold four years ago, in the market’s price trough, for €465,000. Back then, it was touted as having extension potential, thanks to the long and west-facing back garden.
That option is still to hand for its next owners, and this is a detached Paddocks type that also lends itself to going up to attic level for further living/sleeping space: The roofs are particularly high-hat like, especially given the relatively slender look of these floor plans.
When last sold in 2011 (it carried an asking price of €500k), No 12 had been freshly carpeted and painted and was described as being presented in showhouse condition: Now, it still has that air, but with a bit more individual personality added to its decor of pale, neutral colours too, and is in walk-in order for any new owners.
No 12 joins No 3 Tirol Avenue on the open market. No 3 is a four-bed, which featured here last month, guided at €495,000 with agent Kevin O’Sullivan, working now with Kevin Barry Auctioneers.
No 12’s selling agent Michael McKenna says this later arrival is showing very well, and it has the advantage of being on offer at a time when the market has in any case hit a particular lull in supply and stock of good trade-up options. There wasn’t enough to meet demand all year; now in the run-up to Christmas, there’s even less, and what’s about and available is selling rapidly.
Adding to the vibe is the on-going appeal of the Paddocks development, a short walk from the core of Douglas village and its amenities, with mature boundaries on this hillside land developed in the 1980s and 1990s by the Horgan family, who named this section after their top horse Tirol.
Design of the easy-on-the-eye development was by Roderick Hogan Architects, who did a mix of very large detacheds, a range of more mid-sized detacheds and some terraced homes too. Externally, they have all aged very well, with a mix of dash, brick and tile.
As it stands, No 12 has 1,560 sq ft over its two floors, and the en suite master bedroom runs the full width of the house, with two windows to the front, one a bay window. The room’s almost 15’ wide, but less than 10’ deep, and the en suite houses a double shower. Bed 2 is a double, while bedroom no three is a narrow single room, under 7’ wide.
Biggest room of all in No 12 is the linked kitchen/dining/family space, at 24’ by 11’, with a multi-fuel stove inset into the fireplace opening and creating very homely seating corner, with garden access alongside via sliding patio doors to a decked section.
The back garden has a good length and ideal aspect for evening light, with a timber shed at its far boundary by mature hardwood trees.
Back indoors, the main, front reception room is 16’ deep thanks to a window bay and is 11’ wide, and the fireplace here is fitted with a gas insert for convenience. The ground floor also fits in a guest WC, and a utility room, plus there’s a play room/dining room, left of the hall and a sort of garage conversion size/space at 14’ by 8’ wide: You wouldn’t want to many heavyweights at the table.
There’s off-street parking in front, on a brick-paved drive and location is a two-minute walk from the Fingerpost, the hub for much of the greater Douglas area.
VERDICT: A smart, walk-in three-bed home option for smaller families, or traders down.
Maryborough Hill, Cork
Size: 142 sq m (1,560 sq ft)
Best feature: Spotless order