Attractions of the property ladder add well-located house to market

IT’S a case of sell the house, or have another baby, laughs auctioneer Lucy Wolfe, as she puts her own young family’s home on the market.

“We’ve done everything we can to it in the past 10 years, since we bought it, and now there’s nothing else to do. We’re bored,” admits the woman who says her own friends call her Cork’s ‘Sarah Beeny,’ she of British Property Ladder house renovation and market advice TV series.

Lucy Wolfe, and her husband Alan Burke, have three children — a boy and two girls, ages seven, four and two years old — all coming along nicely too, in tandem with the housework, and clearly have excess energy to burn. Hence their need to get stuck into another house project. “Alan bought me a seven-seater car and I joke that I’ll have no problem filling it unless we’ve something else to fill in the time. And, it’s not a bad time either to be looking for a do-er upper once we sell,” she reckons more practically.

The place they are set to leave has the unusual title of Mancini and, as it dates from the late 1960s, it most probably was named in homage to the composer Henry Mancini, whose works include Moon River, and the Pink Panther theme.

Location is great, just tucked in off the South Douglas Road in Palaceanne Lawn, 15 minutes walk from the city centre and near schools, shop/post office, playing fields, on a bus route and with a few new developments also creeping into this long-established setting.

Ms Wolfe says it was the family home of the builder responsible for the other Palaceanne houses and that she bought it from his family.

Since they moved in, Lucy and Alan have extended to the side, over two floors in place of a former garage, and now the house has four double bedrooms, with master en suite and a big family bathroom with Jacuzzi.

Downstairs, there’s one extra-large reception room, another more average-sized one, a south-facing conservatory on the house’s gable and a kitchen kitted out with very high quality cherrywood units. There’s also a utility and guest WC.

Outside, every inch has been put to use, with a Tobermore drive inside the electric gate, patio areas and raised decking and a small enough but well-greened lawn in t front.

Mancini is mint, inside and out, seeking offers around €595,000, and Lucy Wolfe is the one to contact.


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