This doer-upper in Model Farm Road, Cork, is in a blessed location

This semi-d is ripe for refurbishment and should draw a crowd with its achieveable guide, writes Tommy Barker.
This doer-upper in Model Farm Road, Cork, is in a blessed location

Model Farm Road, Cork €345,000

Size: 99 sq m (1,050 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


Best Feature: Location

There’s been another, swift c €1m house sale in Cork’s western suburbs, as supply of new and second hand stock remains stubbornly low, helping to underpin values for vendors: the detached 3,400 sq ft dormer called Dunmahon on private grounds and which featured here as recently as November has had its sale agreed at over the €1m mark, via agent Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald.

Just in front of Dunmahon, a derelict semi-detached cottage was sold prior to that, by another estate agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, for €175,000 late last year and has already been refurbished.

And, now, the same Mr Olden has a do-up opportunity in the same so-popular western suburb on the edge of Dennehys Cross. Line up, line up.

He has just listed a 1950s semi-d No 18 Woodlawn, almost in the shadow of the local Dennehys Cross church, and he guides from a very achievable €345,000.

“There’s only 24 houses here in Woodlawn, and in the past 50 years, less than 10 have ever changed hands: they’re for keeps,” states Mr Olden who has had more than a fair share of that small cluster of resales.

He says No 18 Woodlawn’s in a good, elevated setting within the cul-de-sac, has a real solid feel, and has been underpinned too.

It needs the expected upgrades and modernising for a home of its vintage; it currently has a G BER and will at a minimum need insulation attention, but it’s likely given the premium location near schools colleges, hospitals et al that new/next owners will spend more, and think larger too.

Currently its layout has a hall with guest WC, two reception rooms, kitchen, three bedrooms and a main bathroom with walk-in shower.

There’s a modest front garden and drive, a few steps up to the front door, and the back garden is west facing.

The agents Cohalan Downing can expect to be busy at 18 Woodlawn at its guide of €345,000, even though it needs further spending.

Last year, they put a larger, detached quality home called Drakesbank at the far end of the Model Farm Road for sale guiding €475,000, got over 60 viewings, and it sold for €650,000.

VERDICT: Blessed location

More in this section

Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

News Wrap

A lunchtime summary of content highlights on the Irish Examiner website. Delivered at 1pm each day.

Sign up

Some of the best bits from direct to your inbox every Monday.

Sign up