Built in the middle of the last century, this fine home is close to city centre and all amenities writes Tommy Barker.
The Lough, Cork €315,000
Size: 110 sq m (1,187 sq ft)
Best Feature: Lough and key location
A proper, quality, upgraded semi-d, which is at the end of a popular cul-de-sac park just 300 metres from Cork’s Lough amenity area means that estate agents James G Coughlan Associates should be busy with viewings at Ealga.
Called after an Irish girl’s name, meaning ‘noble,’ or an old name for Ireland, Inis Ealga, this western suburban hideaway is in at the very back of Brookfield Park, near the Hawthorn bar, UCC and within a walk of Wilton and Cork University Hospital in one direction, or Cork city in the other.
Done up, with walls insulated and feeling fresh inside and out, with a modern beech kitchen and sliding wardrobes upstairs, Ealga appears very well priced for its attractions, carrying a €315,000 guide price, which puts it within reach of FTBs, traders-down, traders-up and traders-in.
It’s a wide demographic, and the wildfowl sanctuary at the Lough has its own special draw too.
Jim Coughlan says it’s a happy confluence of quality property and quality location, and he’s impressed with the finishes, in a well-sized c 1,200 sq ft package, deferential to the house’s mid-1900s origins, but with added comforts.
It has interconnecting reception rooms, through part-glazed doors, the back room across the width of the house has the modern, Shaker-style kitchen with beech units, and there’s also a ground-floor guest WC and attached garage, with off-street parking for several cars on a brick-paved drive.
There’s a stripped pine staircase, with carpeted hall, stairs and landing, and the three bedrooms are also carpeted underfoot (two have sliding wardrobes), while the family bathroom now has a large, walk-in shower in lieu of a bath, with fully tiled walls.
Ealga has been dry-lined, and has also had gas central heating, and double glazing installed — including the unusual, jutting-out glazed front porch integrating with the front lounge’s bay window.
Behind, the garden faces west, with perimeter planting around a green-painted walled boundary, and there’s a deck with railings, accessed from the back dining rooms.
VERDICT: A noble call
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