House of the week: Beaumont, Cork €450,000

THIS bay-windowed bungalow called Temple Villa is cute amd compact and comes with just two bedrooms. 
House of the week: Beaumont, Cork €450,000

Size: 85 sq m (900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1


Best Feature: Magic site

And while it may not merit a second glance from those looking for more room in a dwelling, when they come to walk the gardens of this superbly-set suburban home — the value of its lovely site will become clear.

Here, in this sale, it’s all about Temple Villa’s grounds, the corner setting and size, and the location.

And the scope for so much more, and hopefully all done in the right hands.

It’s about as precious, and luscious, a site as you could hope for, either as a builder looking to make a buck, or a buyer who wants to realise cherished dreams of a one-off home.

Set at a right angle corner on a hill up into Beaumont Crescent, just off Beaumont Drive and close to Cork’s suburban Blackrock Road, it’s the sort of place you’d nearly miss if in a car, and watching the road.

Walk by it, though, and the sheer amount of garden to the side, and its road frontage to the Crescent, is impressive.

There must have been a lot of notes pushed in the letter box of Temple Villa over the past decade or two pleading ‘if this ever comes up for sale....?’

Well, now it just has. Temple Villa, on a site of close to one-third of an acre, has come to the open market as an executor sale with estate agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, who guides at €450,000, and who’s certain to get every sort of call on it.

“It’s an absolute cracker,” he agrees; there’ll be builder interest he knows, but also it could take one, or two or more, spectacular yet singular homes, subject to planning.

The row along here in this section of Beaumont Crescent has seen all bar two of the original, post-war bungalows built up, either to bulky dormers or, in one case at least, into a replacement dwelling, a very tall two/three storey build of perhaps 3,000 sq ft.

This site could take similar, subject to planning permission. Other houses around the Crescent’s outer perimeter are two storeys, so there’s plenty of precedent for height, and as the site at Temple Villa slopes down, away from the existing bungalow, to its far corner by the road, it could indeed take something quite tall. Or broad. Or deep.

It will all come down to planning dictates, and already another house on the same row is up for a significant extension in the planning process, as the location is sheer gold-dust in settled suburban terms.

Very close by, on Dundanion Road, a larger bungalow in the middle of its 0.43 acre site was a House of the Week here last October.

No 37 Dundanion Road went for sale with Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co guiding €435,000 and has since sold for €560,000, having been bought bought by a builder.

Sources say it is being bought by Rockforest Homes, who’ve made a firm niche in carving out super-successful southside suburban sites for small house clusters, generally ending up cheek-by-jowl on their sites.

It’s a good bet the same interest will dominate at Temple Villa, but there are other options.

A well-heeled individual could bid and buy, go for planning, build anew and then sell off the bungalow, or do it up first. It might even be the base for an extension/wrap-around.

Or, a small partnership of two, or three, like-minded private home hunters might come together and buy Temple Villa between them and divide accordingly.

What’s certain is that change is in the wings at this most-precious plot.

Location is within a walk of Blackrock village, and even Cork city centre is a manageable stretch and stroll away.

There’s a good range of sports amenities and facilities, and the tree-lined Marina’s to hand too.

A bus route runs up through Beaumont, just by the Crescent and there’s a nearby local shop and a public park up the way, with soccer pitch and a pedestrian route to Beaumont national school, so for families looking to put down root the Crescent ticks any number of boxes.

Temple Villa’s a local prize: what happens next is in the lap of the Gods, and planners.

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