VIDEO: House of the Week: 3 Douglas Hall Mews, Cork, €295,000

There’s practically a new home feel to the interior of 3 Douglas Hall Mews, despite the fact it’s coming up on 30 years of age: it’s because its owners did it all up from top to toe, when they moved in just five years ago.

VIDEO: House of the Week: 3 Douglas Hall Mews, Cork,  €295,000

Before that, this mid-terraced house had been used as a rental, and it sold off-market through family hands to the young couple who now - with two children in their care, plus dog and two outdoor cats who sit on the sills with a sense of entitlement - are set to trade up.

As it comes now to the open market for the first time in 17 years, it’s in immaculate and updated order inside, and is priced at €295,000 by auctioneer Jeremy Murphy, who expects interest not only from first time buyers, but also from traders down who want a walk-in condition purchase.

The Price Register Shows that No 9 made €276,00 earlier this year, the first recorded ‘mews’ sale here in six years, adds JMA agent Fiona Waldron.

First up, the location is excellent, just off the Skehard Road, close to the Well Road/Ballinlough end, with Blackrock/Mahon’s burgeoning office park and retail centre in the other direction.

It predates the nearby more visible Brickfields development of odd-roofed houses and apartments, which can be a handy directional marker, and also closeby are several up-market one-offs built in the grounds of the period Ravenscourt House.

In fact, some of the fine beech and other hardwood trees that once graced Ravenscourt for over a century pop up in and around Douglas Hall Mews, including one whopper in a neighbour’s garden.

This location is sort of a shoulder hill, barely realised when driving the Skehard Road, but its fringe (and a number of Brickfields’ detached houses plus some fortunate one-offs) overlooks Mahon Golf Course and the Douglas Estuary.

In fact, for the architecturally curious, or merely envious, right at the end of Douglas Hall mews, a contemporary new-build is nearing completion in a quite spectacular sloping site, with the best of those views.

By the entrance to the 1980s scheme Douglas Hall Lawn, meanwhile, No 3 is a mid-terraced, brick-fronted house of about 1,000 sq ft.

While the brick’s pink/brown hue isn’t exactly uplifting, inside No 3’s a bright and welcoming home, with small sheltering porch, opening to a hall with redone oak-strip floor, oak doors and architraves and new oak newels, spindles and hand-rail on the carpeted stairs.

Off left is a reception room with oak floor and a heat-pumping cast iron stove inset into the fireplace opening: it all but heats the entire house, say the owners, who add that they rarely bother to use the central heating when they bank down a fire here.

When they bought the house, the kitchen/dining room behind had a second fireplace, but they blocked that up as surplus to requirements when they redid the kitchen.

Now, this kitchen fits everything in with ease, a small central island with curved side where there’s breakfast seating for two, and it has crisp white units topped with black granite.

There’s a full range of integrated appliances, including dishwasher and washing machine/dryer, handy for the latter as there’s no separate utility room.

There’s access from this back room to a paved patio, which is west-facing, and the stoutly-fenced garden’s a good size, on two or three low levels, with a very large timber shed built at the end, after the couple ‘excavated’ an earth bank which gave them yards more useful space.

No 3 had first viewings yesterday, first-time buyers to the fore, and appealing to many is its walk-in condition, snug as a bug (with a C2 BER) and readily accommodating.

Even though it’s only about 900 sq ft it ticks lots of boxes with a new kitchen, new bathroom (but no en suite or guest WC), has sliding mirrored wardrobes in the main bedroom, and the inset stove give great heating options too.

Allied to that is a good-sized back garden with oodles of shed storage, off-street parking, and a location halfway between the old suburbs of Douglas and Blackrock, with Mahon’s draws, services and jobs (plus golf course) close to hand.

VERDICT: A tidy Christmas parcel

Skehard Road, Cork

€295,000

Size: 84 sq m (900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

BER:C2

Best Feature: Neat as a pin

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