Sidney Park, not Sydney Australia, is a remove above the hustle and bustle of Cork city

WHEN previously selling homes in Cork City’s Sidney Park, estate agent, Andrew Moore, justifiably uses the description “one of Cork’s best-kept secrets”.

Sidney Park, not Sydney Australia, is a remove above the hustle and bustle of Cork city

Sidney Park, Cork City €385,000

Size: 131 sq m (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


Best Feature: elevated status

Every time he blows the whistle on the location, the house in question sells, and then the park goes back to its quiet, elevated anonymity.

The twin-forked roads of Sidney Park are just up above Wellington Road and east of St Patrick’s Hill, near a selection of primary and secondary schools, all an easy walk away, as is the city centre.

But, bar some parents on school pick-up duty and looking for temporary turning space, Sidney Park is untrafficked and tranquil.

In fact, the main distraction, in the past few years, has been refurbs and extensions on some of the houses that were resold.

Now, into this super-handy spot on high, with south-facing and Elysian tower views, Mr Moore has another Sidney Park offer, and the builders have already been.

No 38’s an upgraded, c1,400 sq ft three-bed semi, in fine fettle, with a wrap-around side and rear extension with a clutch of windows and overhead Veluxes.

It is, he says, a tasty enhancement that doesn’t detract from the house’s original, 1940s integrity: “this addition fills out what was a standard home in a most agreeable way,” Mr Moore approves.

There are two reception rooms: the one in front with a bay window and solid-fuel stove, the one behind has an open fireplace and garden views.

Then, there’s an open-plan galley/kitchen linking and broadening to a/dining/family room, with French doors to the rear garden, plus a ground-floor guest WC.

Overhead, up the exposed, timber-tread stairs, are three bedrooms, one with a bay window for stand-in, outstanding views, and an extensively tiled bathroom.

Several of the neighbouring houses up here have recent, contemporary upgrades, all or most positioned for enhancing the view, and, outside, No 38 has off-street parking for several cars, plus lawn, and, behind, is an elevated garden with walled boundaries, old shed and fuel store, and an attractive, stone-flagged patio.

VERDICT: Get in on the Sidney secret.

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