The Hedgerow in Wilton easy on the eye and with fresh internal design

Tommy Barker finds a highly specified and modern four-bedroomed family home on the outskirts of Cork. 

The Hedgerow in Wilton easy on the eye and with fresh internal design

IF you were able to put away €1,000 a day for the whole of 2017, you could be the outright owner of 1 The Hedgerows: it carries that price tag, €365,000, reflecting the number of days in any year that’s not a leap year (and, quite curiously, that €365k sum seems to crop up quite frequently in the mid-market as a price hope.)

Set in a niche of just eight semi-detached homes tucked away at the back, hilly boundary to Cork’s Wilton Eagle Valley scheme (and a late arrival to the well-spread Eagle Valley) No 1 The Hedgerow’s currently under offer, having launched late in 2016 when the evenings were darkening.

Now, the days are lengthening, brightening, and the four-bed home’s getting closer to its asking price for its selling agent Glenn O’Connor of DNG Creedon.

The homes at the Hedgerows are different to the more standard Eagle Valley fare, and date only to 2012, whereas the rest of the sizeable O’Brien and O’Flynn scheme near Wilton has roots to the 1980s and 1990s.

O’Brien and O’Flynn later added a further extension to their enormous suburban land-holdings here in the 2000s, building the quite high density and distinctly different development of townhouses and apartments, Garrane Darra, at the landbank’s far corner.

The area, of Sarsfields Road, has always sold and rented well, given proximity to Wilton, the shopping centre, the CUH, south city link road, and relative proximity to third level colleges also.

This week also saw the arrival of a €1.1 million Eagle Valley sale offer: it comprises a terrace of five older era houses in one lot, totalling 20 bedrooms, and with an income of €76,000 pa, and went for sale via Savills.

Since Eagle Valley took flight, The Hedgerows’ cluster of just four pairs of semis came along five years ago, fresher looking and easy on the eye and with a distinctly different internal layout, evidenced from the get-go by the hall’s feature staircase, almost a free-standing affair in a very bright entrance space thanks to a corner window.

The owners of the 1,400 sq ft No 1 The Hedgerows in Eagle Valley have been here from day one, and are now moving on.

Their home is fresh, in top order, well decorated, finished and kept, must be one of the best in Eagle Valley given the specification, the fact it’s one of the newest in the vicinity, and it hits a B1 BER too.

DNG’s Glenn O’Connor says the condition is of a showhouse order, and the ground floor has a large, 18’ by 12’ main reception room with solid fuel stove, the hall (with that very effective, side-skirting corner window) has a dog leg twist leading to the kitchen/dining/family space, and that’s quite large and very airy too, a decent 20’ wide, with a kitchen wing extension behind, with overhead fourth bedroom.

There’s also a utility, and guest WC.

The first floor at No 1 has four bedrooms and a family bathroom and the master bed’s to the front, with en suite.

Outside, there’s a super-sized paved front drive, space enough for a small fleet of cars, while the back garden has a walled side boundary and a back boundary of wired stones in gabions.... the hedgerows behind, heading up towards Spur Hill, have been pushed back a bit.

VERDICT:This one’s for the eagle-eyed. Quite a fresh design, other builders could do well to, eh’ ‘borrow’ some of the features of this four-bed semi-detached type.

Wilton, Cork

€365,000

Size: 130 sq m (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: B1

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