Court Cairn sets benchmark

THERE are plump, one-foot-long Koi fish in the water feature pond at the back of 10 Court Cairn – might this house sale also be as easy as shooting fish in a barrel?

There’s only a couple of dozen of these solid five-bed detached houses in the low-key, but development, ranging upwards from 2,400 sq ft – and only four have come up as re-sales.

At a time of huge scarcity of good trading up homes in Cork’s western suburbs, frustrated buyers (yes, such a breed exists) can be expected to form an orderly queue. In fact, the vendor has already had private approaches, and notes in the door saying ‘hear you were thinking of selling.’

Definitely not flashy, but completely accommodating, in Cork city terms these are great family homes. Built in the mid-1990s by Tim Lawton, to a Roddy Hogan architect plan, they are located off Highfield Lawn in the western suburbs, close to the back of the CUH, Bishopstown GAA and Highfield Rugby Club.

Although even medical consultants are said to be feeling the lending pinch from increasingly cautious banks they can be expected to be to the fore in viewings, and most probably in bids here. A 10-minute walk will have one at the doors of the CUH and new maternity hospital, 15 minutes gets one to the Bon Secours and UCC, and the CIT is also a stroll away as are good primary and secondary schools, green, walkable commute options for all the clan.

Auctioneers selling No 10 Court Cairn are Shay Cronin and Lawrence Sweeney of Property Partners Cronin Wall, based in Midleton, but Shay’s a Bishopstown local, and knows the value of what they’ve to sell.

He pins a €1.3 million price to the 2,700 sq ft property, built day one with a slightly larger rear family room off the kitchen, which also means the master bedroom overhead also gets a few extra square feet.

This main bedroom, south facing at the rear, is 21’ by 14’, with stepped section, en suite bathroom, and walk-in robes/dressingroom. One of the other four bedrooms is en suite.

Downstairs, there a big hall, with hand-painted marbling done by artist Geraldine O’Riordan, and this classical look extends up the stairs to the landing, and into the 24’ by 15’ formal living room. This big space has a bay window, recessed lighting, and a marbled fireplace pipe for gas, but is able to take open log fires.

Off to the left of the hall there’s a den/study, and the back half of this warm family home has a big kitchen diner, with burnished antique pine units, island, integrated appliances (De Dietrich, Miele, Scholts, etc) and neutrally tiled flooring here and in the adjoining utility which also has direct garden access. Off the kitchen on the other side and down three steps is a 15’ by 12’ sitting room, with 12’ ceilings, and garden views.

The attic in some other Court Cairn houses has been converted, to extra bedrooms or a big play room, and other neighbours have added large rear sun-rooms and extensions: one of No 10’s neighbours has a contemporary zinc and stone wing added on, and with a site size of about a quarter of an acre here at No 10, there’s still lots of garden left. Already, there’s a detached double garage, and plenty off-street parking, and as each house now has mature cloaks of trees and greenery, most of the houses here all have good privacy.

The owner landscaped intensively when she moved in here in the late 1990s, rearing four children in the process, and now there’s a good boundary array of silver birch, maple, cherry, bamboo and more, plus that rock-fringed pond and waterfall, with its resident few golden Koi fish, protected from predatory herons by wire screening. Now, the only unknown is just what price level predatory buyers may swoop from to acquire a trophy home.


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