Trading up: Douglas Road, Cork €400,000

The last re-sale of a Bellair Estate home, right on the main Douglas Road in Cork, was to a Munster rugby club player. 

Trading up: Douglas Road, Cork €400,000

Size: 156 sq m (1,670 sqft) 

Bathrooms: 2 

Bedrooms: 4 

BER: G

Now, the next arrival in Bellair has gardens big enough for a decent scrummage.

New to market, in a tucked-away and woods-like corner of the 1960s niche estate between the Douglas and Ballinlough roads is this four-bed detached called Sierra Nevada, as ‘original’ as these good-sized solid homes come, down to the original steel windows.

Once re-done, it could be a cracker of a home, and is very private in its hideaway spot.

The vendors have cleaned the four-bed, c 1,670 sq ft house out and painted it internally in magnolia, so it’s sort of a clear canvas for viewings, and the old stone-walled garden has been hacked back, cleared and just reseeded.

On a site of 0.16 of an acre, Sierra Nevada faces south and there’s plenty of scope to extend to the back, side or into the adjacent 17’ by 9’ garage to get extra light towards the rear at either end of the day.

Right now, there’s large hall, cloakroom, two good-sized reception rooms, kitchen with pantry/store, guest WC, main bathroom, four double bedrooms and it all needs a good modernising makeover and energy efficiency upgrade.

Selling agent is Hugh McPhillips of Marsh, who guides at €400,000 and who says many Bellair houses have sizeable attic/second floor accommodation.

VERDICT: blank canvas for something creative

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