The Elms in Rochestown is bristling with potential

Tommy Barker says this well-placed elevated oasis is in need of an architect’s eye to bring it back to life.

The Elms in Rochestown is bristling with potential

ROMANTICS only need apply, to come to view The Elms – hard-hearted pragmatists who’d rather knock than cherish and replenish should stay away from this home on a hill, with lots and lots to recommend it but in need of more than TLC.

“It would be a real pity to demolish it, there’s something very special about this place,” says selling agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, with Sherry Fitz’s MD Sheila O’Flynn, as they pitch this quaint, old fashioned, wee detached early 1900s home, on a rare slice of Cork’s elevated Rochestown land at Underwood.

The hill has been home to a woman artist for very many years, according to the agents, and The Elms is only one of a handful of homes of all vintages and values on this shoulder of north-facing hill, opposite the Hop Island Equestrian Centre.

Now an executor sale, size-wise The Elms is out of kilter with the scale of its site: it has just over 1,020 sq ft, but is on 1.1 acres, so basically there’s 40 times more ground than there is building to be had.

However, before some get instinctive notions of building more houses on the 1.1 acres, take note that it is sloping and terraced, and ends in tiers, of wildflowers and former vegetable beds.

There was, at one stage, a home-made tennis court on part of a lawn, though, and there’s a lovely pond and even more spectacular water views, over the Douglas/Mahon estuaries as a clincher.

Sherry Fitz describe the modest, shallow, three-bed house as “unmodernised”, and it is in fact very true to its original building roots, with double aspect reception rooms each with fireplaces, left and right of the hall, rear kitchen opening to a garden, bathroom and three upstairs bedroms, all three with double aspects/different views, all three have orignal cast iron fireplaces and one has a WC/two-piece suite.

The Elms has its original downstairs fireplaces, original sash and bay windows, and has views from the front, and gets best light morning and evening, as the hill rises up sharply to the south behind it.

VERDICT: Scores for location, gardens, views and charm, but this one-time artists home now needs an architect’s eye.

Rochestown, Cork


Size: 94 sq m (1,022 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1


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