Tommy Barker says the big money is on Mosman’s architectural beauty in Douglas.
Douglas Road, Cork €875,000
Sq m 235 (2,500 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
Back out for a second lap of the sales track, on Friday last, the final day of Cheltenham, came Mosman - a pedigree-quality Cork surburan home that burst out of the traps last autumn, was massively fancied and backed - but that sale fell at the last hurdle. So, now it’s back on the market once more.
This calm, Zen-like and extremely privately-set detached one-off came to market in September with Trish Stokes of Lisney, then guiding €795,000, and was bid very strongly, and swiftly, bid well above €900k and went ‘sale agreed’ within weeks, before the sale ground to a halt.
This spring, Mosman is re-priced between those sums, at €875,000, fresh as a daisy inside and out, with its high-end cut limestone and cedar external finishes, with extensively-glazed corner windows under deep, sheltering eaves, topped with a zinc roof.
In its current layout, it has living rooms at ground and first floor levels, each with feature fireplaces set into smooth limestone walls, it has three first floor bedrooms, two en suite, and one with walk-in robes.
Downstairs is study/bed 4 by a bathroom, front lounge, bright double height hall, and a top-notch kitchen/living/dining room, some 40’ deep and which opens to a west-facing BBQ area and patio garden with water feature (pic right).
In front, and to the side, the grounds are finished with thousands of granite sets, with acers, maple, bamboo and fern planting, all floodlit at night for a welcoming effect, behind a wide, sliding electric gate.
VERDICT: the location, half way between Cork city and Douglas is super-sought after and carries a price premium, while Mosman’s unstinting build and specifations (think brands like Hansgrohe, Miele Liebherr, Villeroy and Boch, as well as local leaders like Cygnum, Creggstone and Southwoods) put it back at the front of the field.
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