This high-spec, detached four-bed in Blackrock, Cork is a rarity

This home is well-upgraded and well-set in sought-after Blackrock niche by the Atlantic Pond and Marina.
This high-spec, detached four-bed in Blackrock, Cork is a rarity

Barrington’s Avenue, Blackrock, Cork €680,000

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: C3

Size: 210 sq m (2,264 sq ft)

THE big, Georgian home, Lisnalee House, on whose grounds No 2, Lisnalee Drive was built in the 1990s, was the Cork market’s big seller, at €2.6m, in an off-market deal in 2001, as part of a chain of sales and relocations among the denizens of Blackrock.

Blackrock has bagged several other, multi-million-euro house sales in the past three years, and now the agents responsible for many of those deals, Sherry FitzGerald, bring No 2, Lisnalee Drive to market for €680,000.

In this case, though, the vendors are downsizing, not upscaling, having got the best family years out of No 2.

The family that has owned the detached and extended house, off Barrington’s Avenue, between Ballintemple and Blackrock and the main Blackrock Road, has brought it to a high standard, with upgraded bathrooms (two have spa-style steam showers, and there’s a circular Jacuzzi bath in the family bathroom) and a triple-aspect master bedroom suite with dressing room.

“Homes of this standard, and in this location, are a rarity, so No 2’s sure to be of interest to those looking to trade up within the area,” says agent Ann O’Mahony.

Set next to the entrance to the cul-de-sac development of less than two dozen detached homes, No 2 Lisnalee Drive is a four-bed, double en-suite modern home with four reception rooms, set up for adaptable uses: right now, rooms include a home gym, and a study, plus rear kitchen/diner with wooden, Shaker-style units that have granite tops.

Other rooms include a very pleasant, double-aspect, added-on family room, with lots of glazing and garden views, ending in a back wall with lots of library shelving for books and display, around a period-style, cast-iron fireplace set into a tall, white marble surround.

There’s off-street parking, and the south-facing back garden is wide/broad, but not that deep, with access from three ground-floor rooms and it has raised, planted beds, against one of the old, original, limestone Lisnalee House estate walls.

VERDICT: Well-upgraded and well-set in sought-after Blackrock niche by the Atlantic Pond and Marina.

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