Making a mark at Marina Park

Roncalli is detached, bigger and fresher and a great option for homebuyers, says Tommy Barker.
Making a mark at Marina Park

Roncalli is detached, bigger and fresher and a great option for homebuyers, says Tommy Barker.

There's a new Marina Park on the way in Cork City, about 70 years after the last one was built.

Contractors for Cork City Council are now on-site along Cork’s Marina, on the former Munster Showgrounds site, next to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

It’s part of a first phase, multimillion-euro investment in a new public amenity park, plaza, leisure facility, walks, water feature and more.

A significant portion of it is expected to be in place in the next 18 months or so.

Coming on stream then, a while after the Tramore Valley Park also finally opened up during 2019 as a major city civic and citizenry amenity, the new Marina Park will be accessible via Blackrock, from the leafy Marina itself, and from Ballintemple.

It’s also reached along Monahan Road, just beyond Victoria Road — and this latter is where the original Marina Park is already well-ensconced.

Delivered in the 1950s, by Lanes builders, Marina Park is an enclave of sturdy semi-detached homes, by Kennedy Park on the eastern end of Victoria Road — just before the start of the Blackrock Road.

Given the proximity to the city centre, and new office developments popping up along Albert Quay, there have been a number of relatively recent resales, and most when bought got big extensions.

In fact, one or two of the older houses got virtual full rebuilds, and/or major extensions, with the location driving confidence in some sizeable investments.

Now, fresh to market comes Roncalli, or No 43 Marina Park, and it’s a bit different to its neighbours.

For starters, it dates to 1960, according to its vendor, which makes it a decade or so younger than its ‘50s siblings: apparently, it was built on a bit of undeveloped ground left at that time.

And, it’s a detached, whereas most of the others are all semi-detached: there’s another detached at the end of a cul de sac section while one other is a detached built in Marina Park style, but right on the main public road at Victoria Road, by the traffic lights.

Called Elmon, it made €500,000 back in 2016, and got modestly extended and upgraded.

It’s among the nine Marina Park resales in the past decade showing on the Price Register. The cheapest was €250,000 and the highest (barring Elmon) was €430,000 set last year for No 45.

No 14, meanwhile, also sold in ’19, making €410,000, and was on a large site.

Sherry FitzGerald auctioneers Stuart O’Grady and Ann O’Mahony launch the 1960-built detached Roncalli at €435,000, for family vendors who had it rented to a family for the last few years, and it looks fresher than most others here to come for sale in the recent past.

It’s probably bigger too, as the agents calculate the floor area at 1,570 sq ft, thanks to a side addition/conversion with playroom/home office/bedroom four set there.

West/city-facing to the front, it gets a D3 BER, and has central heating and double glazing, tho’ Mr O’Grady says it needs some modernisation still.

It has off-street parking, a dining room with fireplace and a bay window which looks to the front; behind the main living room has access to an enclosed, good-sized garden through French doors.

There’s also a kitchen, not large but replaced in relatively recent times, plus a pantry, and a guest WC, while the hall is carpeted: in contrast, many of the original ‘50s Marina Park homes had terrazzo floored halls.

Above are three bedrooms, a single and two doubles (one to the front with bay window,) a main bathroom with bath, and a separate WC.

VERDICT

One of the best options to come along in Marina Park for a while, even if east-aspected to the back.

Sherry Fitz have virtual viewings scheduled for Monday next 12.30 to 1pm, and Thursday March 9 at 1 to 1.30PM.

Marina Park, Cork City

€445,000

Size: 146 sq m (1,572 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3-4

Bathrooms: 2

BER: D3

Best Feature: Location

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