Blackrock’s Rockfield houses have a loyal following

TUCKED away off the Church Road in Cork’s Blackrock suburb is the 1990s house scheme Rockfield, with a mix of semis and detached homes in an area of the city that had seen precious few modern developments. 

As a result, it’s always a popular when re-sales come along.

Developed by Kieran Coughlan’s Lyonshall, there are a few different addresses within here, so there’s Rockfield Avenue, Crescent and Walk, and now No 27 Rockfield Crescent is up for sale.

Built around 1998, it’s a four-bed detached, just in on the left at the start of the Crescent, which has detacheds on one side, facing a row of similarly bricked semis on the other. The most recent prices recorded here show semi-ds making €265,000/€275,000 and a detached making €472,500 last year.

Now, estate agent Sean McCarthy of ERA Downey McCarthy guides the clean No 27 at €495,000, reckoning it’s in turnkey condition and a great trading up option for families, or even for better heeled buyers buying a first home that will accommodate them over time.

It’s got a west-facing back garden, with slightly extended patio, lawn, shed and mature boundaries, as well as off-street parking in front, and the exterior’s fairly low-maintenance, a mix of brick and dash, mellow looking in front with its mix of tile and brick.

Internally, there are two reception rooms, one in front with cast iron fireplace, and the other’s a more slender, less formal room, plus kitchen/dining room with breakfast bar, and Shaker style units in pale maple, matched by a pale timber floor.

There’s also a utility, and a guest WC, and garden access by the casual dining space.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is en suite, and has lots of built-ins, while two other bedrooms are doubles, with one single. There’s quite a lot fitted in really for less than 1,600 sq ft.

VERDICT: The price tag reflects the scarcity of product like this in the area, and a recovering market — albeit one with a bit of mortgage jitters after recent Central Bank lending restriction proposals. No Rockfield house has hit above the €475k level in years — so neighbours will be keen to see how No 27 fares with its guide close to €500k.


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