Suburban living freshened up in Cork’s Model Farm Road

Detached five-bed has a sizeable extension, with extra living space and a corner bar, says Tommy Barker.
Suburban living freshened up in Cork’s Model Farm Road

ALL freshened up inside with re-varnished wooden floors gleaming is 50 Rossbrook, a detached five-bed home off Cork’s Model Farm Road near the CIT campus, playing fields, and other ‘outer suburban’ amenities.

The two-storey house, now some 2,100 sq ft thanks to a long rear extension, is an early January 2017 listing with estate agent Dan Howard, who guides at €395,000.

That’s sort of the going rate left over from 2016’s sale of No 42 at €385k, and three other Rossbrook homes the year before, at prices from €347,500 to €395,000.

The work done out the back of No 50 has created a very long extension, used as an extra living space (with corner home bar) overlooking the fully-paved and walled-in back garden.

Also with a hard surface, for easy maintenance, is the front garden and gated drive, so no real need for a lawnmower at this home.

For kids or teens who want to kick a ball around, there is a public green within Rossbrook, facing No 50, while all of CIT’s sports amenities, and a swimming pool, are on the doorstep.

(Back towards the city end of the Model Farm Rd, planning has recently been sought for six detached houses to replace a Victorian property, ‘Vailima’, bought last year for €1.35m by Rockforest Homes. It equates to over €200,000 per house site, if planning is granted as per the submission).

Rossbrook itself dates to the late 1980s/early 1990s, with a similar house design/type to some of the houses in O’Flynn Construction’s Kiltegan development in Rochestown.

No 50 Rossbrook has five first- floor bedrooms, one of which is en suite, and there’s an option for a sixth bedroom, or home office, at ground-floor level where there’s also a sitting room, dining room, family room (the deep extension), plus kitchen, utility, and guest WC off the oak-floored hall.

Overall condition is good, and while at one stage the chance for six bedrooms would have lured investors, now Mr Howard describes No 50 Rossbrook as “a substantial family home, situated in an established neighbourhood, with lots of spacious living accommodation.”

VERDICT: One of the larger Rossbrook homes.

Model Farm Rd, Cork City

Cost: €395,000

Size: 195sq m (2,100sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5/6

Bathrooms: 3

BER: N/A

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