Watch: House of the week - Douglas, Cork €450,000

Despite, having just had a notional ‘change of address,’ the owners of Clondoyle, or 5 Browningstown are still on the move from their extended suburban Cork family home.

Watch: House of the week - Douglas, Cork €450,000

Size: 131 sq m (1,420 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


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There’s often confusion about house numbers within the grid of roads comprising the Browningstown estate between the Douglas and Ballinlough Roads, with sub-sections divided into ‘east’, and ‘west’, and just plain Browningstown.

Now, this stretch to the southern boundary by Eglantine NS and backing to Regina Mundi girls’ secondary school has recently apparently been redesignated ‘Browningstown Hettyfield,’ picking up the adjacent ‘Hettyfield’ address if that makes anything any bit clearer for the uninitiated.

But, seeing as Hettyfield - which is by by the Well Road - generally has far higher house values, the residents on this suburban stretch won’t mind being associated with it, by name and address, at all.

Subtle and sometimes none too subtle, changes and address appellations like that matter a lot to some people (and not just when it comes to determining Residential Property Tax bands), but in reality it will matter not a whit when it comes to bidding on Clondoyle, aka No 5 Browningstown Hettyfield: it stands very much on its merits, and should do very nicely, thank you all the same.

It’s been in the same family’s ownership since the early 2000s, was modernised and extended a number of years ago, has been extremely well-maintained ever since and has a perfect aspect.

It’s directly south-facing to the back, bright all day long, and has a good-sized back garden, complete with side access to a stand-alone block built garage with portion converted to home office.

It’s insulated, with a Velux and side window, has wi-fi, and even when not working for its living is a hideaway from the main three-bed, c 1,400 sq ft home.

Now, having toyed with the idea of a second, two-storey extension and attic conversion for a fourth bedroom and a more roomy first floor, the family have trading-up thoughts in mind.

They are putting Clondoyle on the open market at a time of rapidly increased prices in the immediate Browningstown hinterland, with full planning permission for extension should any new occupants feel the need.

Last year, prices for semi-ds here in the various strands of Browningstown surged back into the €400,000-plus price league, with two sales of good updated examples at €415,000 and €430,000.

Not only that, but two other later arrivals needing some updates have also been bid well over their asking prices of €410,000 and €420,000, after extremely active bidding, and both needed more done once back in new hands than No 5 would ever need.

Having seen the level of activity and bidding on those two most-recent transactions, that’s why Ann O’Mahony and Florence Gabriel of Sherry FitzGerald are very confident asking, and eve n of surpassing, €450,000 for Clondoyle as it’s already very much a ‘walk-in’ job for its next occupants and “it’s in a great and convenient address, where so many people are keen to move into.”

After its previous single storey, rear addition with double pitched and tiled roof, No 5 is now just over 1,400 sq ft, with a quality Berloni kitchen and dining area with bay window seat for sun soaking, interlinked to a rear family living/play room with wood-burning stove, utility alcove, guest WC and closet by the front door.

Much of the flooring at ground and first floor levels, is oak; Irish oak is used at ground level, Canadian oak upstairs, and it runs seamlessly from room to room without the interruption of door saddles.

Much of the joinery here, including cabinetry and shelving in the front reception room to the side of the cream fireplace is by custom designers Clohane Wood Products of Skibbereen.

No 5’s going to appeal to a wide cross-section as it stands, and perhaps especially to traders-down and traders-in who’ll have little extra to have to spend after purchase.

Younger/smaller families buying can take it as-is, and the planning for even more space up top has years left on it.

VERDICT: Inner suburban box-ticker on many fronts.

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