WE’VE been here, to this very house, before. And, on this ‘House of the Week’ page also.
No 8 Ardfoyle Avenue is the second mid 1900s semi-detached house on this leafy, suburban stretch off Cork’s Blackrock Road by Ballintemple to come for sale this summer.
Not only that, it’s No 8’s own second time out for sale. It was briefly on the market in July 2016, but was taken back down again by its owners, who’d bought a detached do-er up in the salubrious suburban vicinity.
Now, it’s back, still in perfect interior condition after a major overhaul a few years ago, and it’s ready to rock.
No 8’s guided at €565,000 by estate agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, and that’s a pretty safe level to be launching at, given the demand for the chi-chi area.
Back in July 2016, No 8 Ardfoyle Avenue had launched at a buoyant €585,000, and the market (despite some noticeable mid-level jitters due to international economic factors) has been chugging upwards since.
And, €565,000 is the exact level at which its near neighbour called Glena, also on the market, is at in offers this month, having launched back in late June at €550,000 with estate agent Timothy Sullivan.
As in the case at No 8, Glena’s owners are on the trade-up front, and their well-kept 1,380 sq ft three-bed semi-d has had over 20 viewings to date, not at all bad for a holiday season float. That decent number of viewers spans a spectrum, from trader ups to traders down, relocaters and even one or two high-earning First Time Buyers.
Pretty much that same, wide and diverse cohort can be expected now to troop a few doors further along the Avenue at Ardfoyle to check out No 8. They won’t be disappointed.
Its vendors have clearly invested heavily during their tenure, about the only thing they didn’t do was to extend.
However, that was probably the intention all along, as they got planning permission for a two-storey, 1,000 sq ft extension, which would if pursed by its next owners, nudge it up to a very decent c 2,300 sq ft-plus home.
Others in this row have done this sort of two-storey add on, with architectural flair, and the cluster around the Convent at Ardfoyle include mid 1900s semis and detacheds, large Edwardians, and some earlier period beauties also.
Location is paramount, of course to buyers chasing down homes here in the Blackrock/Ballintemple catchment (see also a Castle Road, Blackrock beauty called Bayswater Cottage, our Cover Story, this issue).
The sold-out Botanika development, by Cleve Hill (also with Cohalan Downing as agents) is testament to demand and address cachet, with sold-out detacheds at €850,000.
And, showing the Blackrock Road’s enduring ‘pulling power’ is the recent ‘sale agreed’ on the early 1900s classic Ardnagreena, on large gardens opposite Cleve Hill, at the city end of the Blackrock Road. Ardnagreena went to market via Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co in May, guiding €1.275m, and is understood to be selling for well over this amount, ‘though Mr Guerin declines to confirm a figure.
Back at No 8 Ardfoyle Avenue, Cohalan Downing’s Brian Olden says it’s in excellent, upgraded condition, with three interlinked reception rooms, front to back with French door access to a raised deck, facing west, while two rooms have fireplaces. Windows have been replaced with timber, double glazed sashes, there’s gas heating, a relatively slender kitchen/breakfast room with lots of integrated appliances and black granite worktops.
There’s also a guest WC, main family bathroom with bath and separate shower, and there’s a utility at the back of the adjacent garage, with rolling access door to the front.
Apart from great condition, and location, No 8 is also buttressed by an attractive front facade with two-storey square bay windows, porch detailing, off-street parking, and, crowning it all, a west facing private back garden.
VERDICT: Second time around, and the second house in a row to come for sale at Ardfoyle Avenue this summer, so buyers have a choice....but the market will decide the respective selling prices.
Ardfoyle Avenue, Ballintemple, Cork
Size: 114 sq m (1,229 sq ft)