Boreenmanna Road home in Cork is furnished and all finished

This former showhouse is in turnkey condition and will attract plenty of interest, writes Tommy Barker.
Boreenmanna Road home in Cork is furnished and all finished

Size: 148 sq m (1,595 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3


Best feature: Furnished and all finished.

Not only do you get all the furniture and fittings in situ at 52 Belfield Abbey, the former showhouse for the now nearly sold-out development, but you also get very well landscaped gardens, railed in front and walled to the back.

While the interior hasn’t changed a whit in the several years since the O’Flynn Construction scheme first launched with this show house and then stalled in the recession, the gardens at No 52 have continued to grow, with interest now, even in the depths of winter. So, come summer, they’ll be better again to look over.

Gone on open view during the past week is this end-terrace, three-storey, three-bed house, No 52, nearly 1,600 sq ft fully-furnished home backing southwards, and facing a Maxol station and a public park by the tennis courts, across the Boreenmanna Road.

It’s a cracking address, between Ballinlough and Blackrock roads, within a walk of the city centre, schools, parks, pitches and other public amenities, which is partly why agents Sherry FitzGerald have been busy selling off up to a dozen houses here since re-released during 2016.

The ‘sold’ and ‘sale agreed’ signs have been popping up around Belfield Abbey like mushrooms in recent months, and released and sold were three-bed mid-terraceds, four-bed end terraceds, and four and five bed detacheds, with a builder’s finish.

Prices ranged from €405,000 to €590,000 for the biggest detacheds, facing onto the Boreenmanna Road and within 1km or so the city link road. The regular buses shuttling between booming Mahon and the city pass this way too, as well as along the Ballinlough Road.

No 52 Belfield is tucked away in the back of the development of c 65 homes, most of them three-storied (just a handful of bungalows were built and sold, beloved of traders down).

It’s in a good setting, end of terrace with adjacent parking (two dedicated spaces) which means it gets a railed-in private front garden, by the front-facing compact 12’ by 8’ kitchen, and this tee’s into an open plan living/dining, with fireplace.

The layout of this house type is a bit different, redolent of the move to taller, narrower homes and terraces during the site-pressed decade and high land values of the 2000s, so this has two top floor bedrooms with bathroom, a mid-level en suite master bedroom, and a very decent 18’ by 11’ living room with bay window, looking down on the front garden and across estate’s split internal roads and homes layout.

The relaunch at Belfield has seen the painters busy on many of the exteriors of these mainly cream/butter hued houses, using a cherry picker to do even the chimneys — in time for Santa’s visits next weekend — so it’s visually refreshed from top to ground.

Ann O’Mahony and Paul O’Shea of Sherry FitzGerald have just a handful of houses left to sell here, with a few four-bed semis at builder’s finish on open view this month at set times and at prices of €445,000, while a second hand three-bed mid terrace in smart order is expected early in the New Year, with similar layout to end-terrace No 52.

Access to No 52’s south-facing back garden and sandstone patio is via French doors in the living space, or via a single door in the adjoining utility room which, by quirk of layout, seems to get nearly the sunniest aspect of this house and is at the far end away from the kitchen, while the guest WC is diagonally opposite of the quite wide hall.

Verdict: New owners might want to consider putting a glazed door between hall and kitchen/living to tie the ground floor up a bit more visually: it’s about the only thing left to do, in fact.

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