Ballinlough, Cork €325,000
92 sq m (985 sq ft)
The colonisation and suburbanisation of Cork’s suburban Ballinlough has pretty much come to a stop, bar some small infill site, since it started its mushroom growth about a century ago, with new estates added by the handful in decades from the 1920s onwards.
As a result of the relative ages of the parks and estates, there’s a regular churn of ownerships and occupiers, as generations pass, or otherwise move on.
So it is at Belmont Park and Belmont Avenue, and some of the neighbouring estates on this high, suburban ridge running from the city end of the Douglas Road, towards the Mahon Peninsula.
Cork historian and city councillor Kieran McCarthy says Ballinlough covers some 360 acres, and spans its history back to standing stones, through Cromwellian times when just 15 souls lived here. By 1901, and along with the adjacent Beaumont, Ballinlough was largely market gardens, some 17 of them to service city demand, along with quarrying, brick making and lime burning.
Cllr McCarthy dates large-scale parks like Pic-du-Jer and Carrigeen to the 1930s, done by Bradley Brothers, followed by the parks of Browningstown, Belmont, Sundrive, Somerton and Hettyfield.
Then, he says 1950s coincided with the construction of Beechwood, Ardfallen, Glencoo, Seamus Quirke and Our Lady of Lourdes Parks. Ardmahon, Lakelawn and South Lodge were constructed in the 1960s and Shrewsbury and Carrigmore in the 1970s. Aylesbury now is the very latest interloper, beside Cork Con’s rugby playing fields on Churchyard Lane, at the cusp with Ballintemple and Beaumont.
There are neighbourhood nuances between the various estates and their ages, as well as sizes. But, when resales come to market, sales are generally swift, given the range of long-established services, schools, shops, public parks and amenities.
The latest sale offering is No 9 Belmont Park, listed with estate agent Timothy Sullivan and carrying a €325,000 asking price.
Set 200 metres from the well-regarded, family-run O’Driscolls supermarket and good foods deli, No 9’s in good overall shape, with a D2 BER. It has some 980 sq ft of space, but it’s a bit dated and needs upgrading and, most likely extending.
Features include terrazzo floors in the hall and the small galley kitchen, and it has a nice wide site, with off-street parking, and nicely, has a west-facing back garden, described by Mr Sullivan as ‘useful’. The Price Register shows 15 resales in a decade with a Belmont, Ballinlough address, some under the €200k mark a good number of year ago.
More recent strong results include No 22, making €385,000 and No 13, extended to a 1,500 sq ft five-bed, making €405,000.
A quick drive around the now-suburbanised 360 acres of the Ballinlough townland reveals a wide array of extension options to get inspiration from, while there’s also an appreciation of the several green areas, public and community parks, playing pitches and playgrounds and sporting amenities, all on a well-served bus route.