Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork; €375,000

You could almost hold the school sports for the adjacent St Anthony’s boys’ NS in the back garden of 11 Beechwood Park: it’s that long. 

Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork; €375,000

Size: 93sq m (1,000sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 2 

Bedrooms: 3 

BER: D2

How long? Try 125’, so it would be good for the junior classes smallies’ 40 yard sprint, at least.

The length of the back, west-facing garden is a real bonus at this mid 1900s three-bed semi-d, says selling agent John Barry of Frank V Murphy & Co, and the site has good width too, with off-street parking alongside the house, in front of a garage upgraded to storage/other uses.

Mr Barry guides this well-kept c 1,000 sq ft semi-detached home at €375,000, a price level which in itself shows the scale of price recovery in these older, close-to-city suburban estates over the past number of years.

No 11 Beechwood is second next door to the sizeable and very popular boy’s school, as well as being a hop, skip and jump from the ‘Douglas Nurseries’ public park, playing pitch, quarry walk and swimming pool, with many other sports and community amenities nearby.

The very well-kept home was underpinned a decade ago, rewired, has gas central heating and double glazing with a large sandstone terrace patio to the back for evening sun: John Barry describes the enclosed garden, with a sequence of circular shrub beds, as stunning.

“It’s a house for life: the layout is quite traditional, with interconnected living rooms front and back so it’s very bright. Whoever buys it can just move in, do an update if they want and extend later on, there’s all the space there,” says the agent.

VERDICT: A keeper.

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