When the owners of 12 Southwinds say there’s more to their home than first might meet or greet the eye, it might be wise to pay attention: they know their Cork property market. Backwards.
And they are right in the case of No 12, it’s well worth checking out, from top to bottom, over all of its three storeys; it’s one of those ‘deceptive’ ones, not to be judged just from a drive-past or cursory online scan.
A half-hour visit by the Irish Examiner to view No 12 as this outer Douglas/Maryborough Woods immaculate home came for sale in the past week, turned into an almost competitive game of who knew what, or the most, about what Cork houses and developments were selling, who was buying, and who spent what.
Let’s just say the woman of the house, with a banking and financial background, knows her market(s), and locations. No 12 Southwinds last traded back 15 years ago, after it had made the front page of an earlier iteration of the Examiner’s Property & Interiors, when it was sold by Cork businessman and multi-electrical store owner Flor Griffin.
Flor Griffin had got the choice of an excellent, end of cul-de-sac site, extra wide and well aspected in Southwinds, and put good stuff into it back (it had been built in 2002, by O’Brien & O’Flynn.)
Now, after that c 2004 sale, it has been brought to yet another level by its curent family owners, with ground floor rooms rejigged and refurbished, with an expansive and extended open plan kitchen/dining/family living room.
Then, it’s all crowned with a top-notch, retreat-like top floor master bedroom suite, about 20’ by 15’, with very large robed dressing room, and a shower room en suite. There’s even air conditioning up here, a remnant of the days when Flor Griffin kitted it all out, but it’s rarely needed or used, say the home-proud occupants.
They’ve done regular upgrades, and now that it’s on the market, it’s immaculate, throughout with quality hand-painted kitchen, porcelain tiled hall, and reconfigured kitchen/dining/living, is extensively carpeted upstairs, where there are en suite bedrooms on first and second floor levels, and a particular interior design feature is the extensively mirrored walls either side of the sitting-room’s chimney.
Auctioneer Jeremy Murphy is strong in his use of superlatives and drops in words like ‘exquisite,’ ‘spectacular’ and ‘glorious’ into his descriptive pre-amble.
Rightly so, possibly, as he launches No 12 at €580,000, which is a stretch above previous resales (all under €500k to date), but he says this has very particuar advantages up its sleeve, to be appreciated once visited.
Apart from condition and gleaming finishes, they include the floor area, now up to 2,065 sq ft thanks to the south-aspected rear extension, and the size and further scope of the property’s very private site, with big, brick paved parking apron in front.
There’s more than enough space on the side on which to almost build another house, or to generously extend, or to keep for further, future options, subject to planning constraints. The wide rear, then, is also paved, with some Indian sandstone, easy to maintain, is sunny and sheltered, perfect for BBQs, and has a steel shed for storage.
It’s as attractive for couples and traders down as for families trading up, given the bedrooms’ set up over two floors, and it’s as walk-in condition a house as the most fastidious home hunter could ask for.
New home building is gathering pace further up Maryborough Hill, with Glenveagh Homes working feverishly on a raft of houses at Maryborough Ridge, on the other side of Douglas Golf Club. In the interim, there should be a fair selling wind behind the B3 BER-rated 12 Southwinds.