THERE’S a good karma, and sense of serendipity, as the current owners of Cork city’s Norville, or No 42 Sidney Park, prepare to sell up to downsize.
The Irish Examiner phoned on Tuesday to inquire about this attractive-looking four-bed home, built in 1950, as it prepared to come to market.
By coincidence it turns out that Tuesday was the anniversary of the owners’ arrival here, back on August 27, 2002 — and even that move was down to a stroke of luck.
Prior to that date, they hadn’t been living in Cork for a while, but were considering a move back from another Munster county.
They got a tip that Norville was for sale, from one of the owners’ mother, who at the time was very ill in hospital.
However, she quite forcefully impressed on her daughter that she really should view, and buy, Norville. Buy it they did, rightly appreciative of that savvy sick-bed intervention, and of the sun-drenched home with immense city views which they got to live in a result.
Fast forward 17 years, and a sort-of a generational shift, and what they bought to move and trade up to is now too big; it’s nest-clearing time, and they are selling to trade down.
The fact The Irish Examiner phoned on their move-in anniversary they’re happily taken as a sign that someone is still looking after their best interests, from afar.
They’ve given the sale of the two-storey, brick-faced detached and deep-set Norville to agent Trish Stokes of Lisney, who guides at €505,000, and she describes both the house and its location as desirable.
It’s on the uppermost tier of the loftily-set two-tiered Sidney Park, which was built in the 1950s above Cork’s Wellington Road, and spans 43 houses, all with Cork city panoramas to gaze upon.
Sidney Park’s got a mix of detacheds and semi-ds of that era, with hardly any two houses now similar to any of its neighbours, given the passage of time, extensions, upgrades, resales, and the odd example of genteel decline in more recent decades.
It’s a cul de sac scheme, with some Art Deco-style homes dotted about. Up by its uppermost point, Norville is one of the few that presents a brick face to the world.
Directly south-facing, it has most of its ground to the front, and behind backs toward lands controlled by Collins Barracks, with playing fields and a pitch and putt course beyond the boundary.
Both inside and out, Norville has moved or evolved with the times, yet still has details redolent of its 1950s roots.
It’s now extended slightly out the back, with a dining area off the kitchen with a part-glazed roof/sloping ceiling, and it also links to a rear living room with fireplace, with stove.
Separately, off the black and white chequer-tiled entrance hall, is a front reception room, also with a fireplace, and this room has glazed double doors opening to a sun room/conservatory, with a panelled roof.
There’s a ground floor guest WC, and up a carpeted stairs are three double bedrooms, one single bedroom, a bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, and a separate WC.
Back at ground level, given the south aspect and the views, there’s decking placed directly off Norville’s front sun room, which is raised slightly off the gravelled front garden and drive, with off-street parking. The decking has a sort of marine air given its wooden posts and tensioned stainless steel guards.
As different, but as attractive, is the sheltered sit-out landscaped back patio with further decking. There’s also a shed for storage/utility, and the back boundary is a mix of rock outcrop and stone walls, with planted-up low beds.
Overall condition is good, but the BER’s disappointing enough as an E1, while in the larger picture are the positives such as proximity to the city centre, to St Luke’s Cross, the range of schools, and the city vista beneath and beyond.
VERDICT: Worth tipping off any home-hunting friend or family member that Norville’s a good ’un, and it’s come around again.
Sidney Park, Cork city
Size: 160 sq m (1,711 sq ft)
Best Feature: Setting