House of the week: Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Cork, €365,000

A family-occupied home since first built in the mid-2000s, it got a considerable upgrade by its long-term owners as recently as 2014, and now it’s trading-up time for the young family. 
House of the week: Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Cork, €365,000

Size: 111 sq m (1,216 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: C1

Best Feature: Refreshing

The all done-up family home No 5 Yewlands got just a slight reference in these pages Saturday last week: it might have seemed to be mentioned ‘almost in the passing,’ when a similar sized home very nearby, No 4 Ryecroft got a picture and short editorial write-up. Reason for the apparent overlooking?

The just-new to market No 5 Yewlands needed more space and context to show off its charms, and is here it is now, in its proper place and pristine glory.

A family-occupied home since first built in the mid-2000s, it got a considerable upgrade by its long-term owners as recently as 2014, and now it’s trading-up time for the young family.

Hence, it’s an arrival to the open market with agent Jeremy Murphy, who guides at €365,000 (he priced the similar-sized No 4 Ryecroft at €360k), and who started swiftly with busy viewings at 5 Yewlands in the popular O’Brien and O’Flynn Maryborough Woods development in the past week.

It’s going down a treat, he observes, on the first reaction, and it’s already under a respectable first offer. And why ever not?

So much has been done here, it’s a pure walk in job for another family, a couple, or any other niche of buyers.

Big change was how the kitchen was altered to now link into the rear dining room, done in a clever sort of way with a short run of dividing wall retained so as not to have it all open plan and reducing wall space too much for units.

It’s a good approach and compromise, and Jeremy Murphy suggests “these houses could have been laid out like this day one, it works very well, there’s a lovely new kitchen fitted now with granite tops, and they’ve also kept the separate utility, which was a good idea”.

Now, kitchen and dining are side by side, partially open one to another and bound together visually by the same, slate-like floor tile.

Each section has a set of French doors to the patio and back garden, which is in itself a child’s delight, thanks to a lovingly crafted, compact childs’ playhouse, next to a garden shed.

Both timber structures (man shed and child shed?) are painted a pale, cheery blue and are set slightly up on a height by the mature garden’s back boundary, with tall, side fences being colonised by budding clematis, and with some feature camellias just coming in to bloom in time for spring viewings.

Piece de resistance for any viewers arriving with children in tow is the yellow slide, a quick route down from the slightly elevated deck and balcony by the playhouse.

It may yet be a sale clincher, so be warned if visiting with very persuasive children.

Mr Murphy says the first week of viewers has included stronger first-time buyers as well as young families, and the fact there are four bedrooms is a real bonus, adding that after all the work done back in ‘14 “it feels like a far newer house than a 14 year old one.”

No 5’s c 1,200 sq ft is spread over just two levels too, rather than the three levels which some modern builds of the 2000s vintage were, and that’s especially popular with parents of younger children.

The updates at No 5, which included a structural element due to partial wall removal, include some new wiring, as well as joinery upgrades, new skirtings, wood floors, solar panels etc.

There are sandblasted part-glazed doors painted white leading to the c c 20’ deep (into the bay window,) and 12’ wide living room with feature open fireplace and oak floor.

Then, a double set of matching sandblasted doors lead to the dining room behind for a good circular flow of space at ground level, while the expedient of just closing those double doors gives back a quiet space once more.

Meanwhile, back out via the hall and past some upcycled painted hall stand furniture, the carpeted stairs and landing leads to all four first-floor bedrooms, with master en suite with shower and the family bathroom has a shower over the bath, with Stira access to a part-floored attic for storage.

All-brick faced with clay tiles up by a front gable apex for ultra-low maintenance, No 5 is an end-of-terrace home rather than semi-detached (but is effectively a semi) with side access to the attractive back garden, while the sloping drive up to the front has been paved with brick; gravel beds either side of that drive add to the low-keep nature of the approach.

This Yewlands section overlooks a green, with distant views back over Douglas beneath towards Cork city.

VERDICT: All credit to house-proud vendors

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