Location and gardens are the cherry on top for Model Farm Road home in Cork

Tommy Barker reports on a cracker of a home in within Cork’s western suburbs ripe for the cherry picking.

Location and gardens are the cherry on top for Model Farm Road home in Cork

Model Farm Road, Cork €850,000

Sq m 265 (2,863 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 3


Best Feature: Decent old stock

BACK when built about half a century ago, the two-dozen or so large houses at Cherry Grove were at the top of their game: today, they’re still enviable buys for anyone looking for well-located family homes, in Cork city’s western suburbs.

“These were the ‘Court Cairn’ buys of their day,” observes estate agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, referencing the adjacent late 1990s Lawton Developments scheme Court Cairn, off the Model Farm Road and close to the secondary access point to the sprawling CUH hospital campus too.

Also within reach are UCC, and CIT, and a technology park, and just a few miles to the west Ballincollig has also turned into a Klondike community for well-paid IT jobs.

Add in hopes by the IDA, third level colleges and the local authorities for a major new IT campus between the Model Farm and Curraheen roads and, well, this area ain’t going to go out of fashion in the next half century.

Into this well-heeled suburban fray sails the detached home called Moyola, towards the entrance to Cherry Grove but quietly off the Model Farm Road by the same token, and it’s a bit of a cracker.

It’s spacious, it has up to six bedrooms, a very good aspect (south to the back) and an equal playing card to its location is its site size: Mr Olden works it out one-third of an acre, and there are very few new builds anywhere around Cork city and suburbs now being allocated that amount of increasingly precious ground.

And, Mr Olden adds, there’s probably hasn’t been a resale in Cherry Grove in the last 10 to 15 years, so this is a chance to pounce and purchase.

Although the house types and design vary and are a bit individual, they have size and stature in common, as well as dash finishes and some brick detailing too.

In fact, there’s brick used here inside and out for design relief, and the interior has many touches where the builders strove to add value and quality.

These finishes, though somewhat dated, include internal brick walls, some parana pine ceilings and walls, whilst some of the floors (hall, living room, etc) have highly polished parquet floors in herringbone patterns.

In keeping with the 1960s/’70s design and craft of the day, there’s a stained glass front door, the staircase has hardwood open tread steps and wrought iron spindles, over two levels with the second flight leading to an attic level bedroom number six.

Fireplaces are tiled, and the ‘good rooms’ are carpeted.

A front porch leads to a bright 19’ by 6’ hall with landing above, with cloakroom and WC, the main living room is a sizeable 20’ by 19’, facing south with a sliding door to a practical patio and barbeque area (with block-built shed beyond).

Also looking over the back garden is a dining room, there’s a breakfast room, and the kitchen has been refitted in recent time with new oak units, and has Bosch and Neff appliances.

Go up a level, and the first floor has five bedrooms plus study.

All could qualify as doubles in size, but none is huge, and there’s no en suite bathrooms either, although most rooms have built ins and wash basins.

However, for those up to a bit of remodelling (most of the aspiring buyers here, you can bet) the number of bedrooms could be reduced at first floor level to make for dressing room/en suite bathroom options, and of course there’s another bright, eyerie-like bedroom up on the second floor level, overlooking the big back garden.

Visible over Moyola’s back wall are some of the more modern Court Cairn ‘cousins,’ and there’s a pedestrian access lane between Cherry Grove and Court Cairn along one walled side boundary of Moyola, adding accessibilty to amenities on either side of the divide.

Back inside Moyola’s private domain, grounds are mature and landscaped, there’s a drive plus garage for cars, and a crazy paving path winding in the opposite direction for pedestrians.

VERDICT: Although it need updates and modernising, the location and gardens are ace, making it well worth the hunt.

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