A little done, more to do at Castlelack in Bishopstown

This home ceded some space but still has a lot to offer in suburban Bishopstown, says Tommy Barker.

A little done, more to do at Castlelack in Bishopstown

THERE was a bit of generosity of spirit to this Bishopstown Home called Castlelack — it yielded up enough ground in its side, dog-leg of a garden for three new, detached homes to be built on its extra outdoors space.

Those three, A-rated new-builds went to market last weekend with Sherry FitzGerald, at prices from €450,000 up to €575,000 for the largest, going on open view in the past week.

Now, the mid 1900s-built Castlelack itself is being put up for sale, guided at €415,000, also with Sherry Fitz.

If all four make their prices, the man who took on the development after buying Castlelack with its planning for the three new-builds will gross about €2 million in sales.

The Price Register shows Castlelack, aka No 2 Westgate, selling for €300,000 early in 2016 which included the original semi-d, and the three sites to the side/west with FPP to designs by John Duffy Architects, ready to build out.

The project was taken on by Denis O’Brien, previously a director with O’Brien and O’Flynn, and marks his public return to development after decades with OBOF.

While he developed the three new A-rated builds, the original No 2 Westgate/Castlelack got a simple refurb, underpinned with drains done, electrics renewed and all painted up inside and outside, but without insulation addressed or upgraded, so the BER’s still a ‘F’.

Given that it’s now painted up, the best option now might be to pump the cavity walls, as tackling interior slabbing and dry-lining means redoing internal decor works.

It has double glazing all around, and gas central heating, and the kitchen’s got quality, but older pine units, ORM-style and integrated appliances, so buyers can decide just how much they want to spend extra now, and what they can put off to a later date.

It needs floor finishes, and the open fireplaces are still the same as they were from previous owners, as is the corner bath in the first floor family bathroom.

At ground, there’s a front reception room, rear dining room with single story extension off via an arch and which picks up westerly light, kitchen, guest WC, and playroom/study to the side, plus guest WC and shower-room/pantry.

And, despite giving up so much ground for the new-builds and their access drive (via electric gates) there’s still a good amount of outdoors space behind, with off-street parking in front, facing south to Curraheen Road.

VERDICT: Most of the essential refurb work has been done here at Castlelack, so it lacks very little.

Bishopstown, Cork


Size: 148 sq m (1,600 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2


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