WATCH: Maryborough Hill, Cork, €735,000

The Paddocks are c.30 years old but with space and location on their side, they’re ageing gracefully, says Tommy Barker.
WATCH: Maryborough Hill, Cork, €735,000
  • Size: 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft plus attic)
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • BER: C2

Now hovering around 30 years of age, the large detached homes at Cork’s The Paddocks, are looking well — and, ageing well too, as they face into the domestic equivalent of eh, mature adulthood, if not quite settled down for life.

Built back in the late 1980s/90s, The Paddocks houses went for rather a timeless look — perhaps referencing the 1950s? — with brick, clay tile and dash used, and the upshot is that with several decades down, it’s getting increasingly hard to ‘date’ them.

Landscaping has taken firm root too among the several dozen big detacheds here by the foot of Maryborough Hilll, and the same goes too for its lower tier of smaller homes and townhouses.

It’s at least a year since any substantial market offer came along here, and now many eyes will be on No 21 The Paddocks as it comes out of the traps for resale.

Its occupants, set to downsize after 21 years in residence, with family reared, are moving to a new build in a county coastal town: they might even have got that sense of direction and bearings from No 21’s sun-trap back garden, as it faces directly west, the direction in which their next life chapter is taking them.

Now after another coming of age, No 21 The Paddocks has just started its viewing sessions with estate agent Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co, who guides the very well-minded home at €735,000 on its launch.

Not only does it come along at a time of a real shortage of good trading up stock in the Douglas area , but it comes after a gap of a year since No 10 the Paddocks sold for €710,00. It was two years before that that No 9 made €780,000, No 16 fetched €765,000, and No 17 also sold in ‘14 for €747,000.

Highest recorded sale ever at the Paddocks was in 2012, when No 17 also featured at €1.6m, but sources suggest that extra high value may have been related to an asset or pension transfer.

No 21 officially punches in at 2,045 sq ft, but after a thoughtful and simple rear extension at ground level which adds to the kitchen and family room, it feels bigger than that, and it has a superb ground floor layout in particular, all in mint order and fresher feeling than its age might suggest.

Actually, it is bigger than that quoted figure, if you factor in the second floor/attic level, which has two rooms, off a landing, reached up a proper permanent staircase. One room is en suite, with a shower, and both have good head heights and Veluxes, plus eaves storage.

However, those spacious attic rooms don’t comply with strict guidelines to be formally described as habitable space, and as a consequence they barely merit a mention in the Frank V Murphy sales description. But, just to let you know, they are there....and are highly unlikely not to be used and appreciated by any new occupiers of No 21.

Decorwise, No 21’s spotless, and done in sort of restrained classical meets modern style, with masses of art on the walls. Much of it came from the one of vendors’ mother, who was a skilled painter in Dublin, having trained with Armagh-born John Skelton, who taught in NCAD. The skill and talent has passed down two generations, as one of the ‘children’ who grew up here in No 21 also paints, and her work also gets wall hanging space in this gallery-like family home.

Internally, there are two reception rooms to the front of this detached build, off a central tiled hall with steps up to a rear family living/dining and kitchen section. Each of the front rooms (large parquet-floored drawing room, smaller formal dining room/study) has a bay window, with large bay shrubs planted right outside them, and clipped, spirals of box topiary have taken hold left and right of the central and sheltered front door.

Day-to-day, most family life will gravitate to the rear, where after a modest and sympathetic extension there’s now a bright and inviting family room 21’ by 15’, with stove, Veluxes in a ceiling slope in the add-on, plus access to a wide and deep deck for evening sun, sitting out and casual al fresco dining.

The garden’s larger and more level than many within the The Paddocks, with a slight gradient between two lawn sections, ideal for small children to practice roly-poly on, while all boundaries are mature and colourful after a replanting exercise taken in hand after the current occupants moved in, so all’s neatly bedded down.

Also bright and fit for purpose is the kitchen/breakfast room, which too has twin Veluxes over the rear ceiling, above a window with westerly garden views and hob set into the black granite tops and contrasting white units. Sharing the same tiled floor then as the kitchen is the very handy utility/laundry room, larger than most, about 11’ square and appreciated as a cosy chill-out zone by the family mutts.

The stairs at No 21 is off to the side, by the guest WC, and up at first floor level this home has an en suite master bedroom with oak floor, bank of built-ins, and a redone en suite bathroom. All four bedroms have oak floors, and bed no 2 has its own access to the main family bathroom as a sort of Jack and Jill en suite arrangement, only more shared. A sort of Jill and Jacks, maybe?

There’s excellent easy access to the next flight above, where there’s those other two bright rooms, attic storage and a shower-room, about 420 sq ft more on top of the official 2,045 sq ft below.

Location is close to a pedestrian access point to The Paddocks on the lower run of Maryborough Hill, 200 metres from the Fingerpost, and the scheme which caused quite the stir among thh chattering classes in Cork when launched was built on lands previously owned by the Horgan family of Douglas House and livestock fame.

The Horgans named the Roddy Hogan-designed scheme with a horsey connection, including calling a section Tirol Avenue after their thoroughbred Newmarket and Irish 2000 Guineas winner,

Verdict

Trend setters in day one, The Paddocks are still thoroughbred homes.

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