EASY, low-care and low-cost living is the lure at this modern-built home called Sandymount, on School Avenue next to — what else? — a national school, in Cork’s western suburbs near UCC and hospitals such as CUH and the Bon Secours.
Glasheen, Cork €750,000
Size: 221 sq m (2,365 sq ft)
Either or both of that range of institutions, academic and medical, are expected to produce bidding interest on the tall, contemporary and well-sized home, built about eight years ago, and rented out in recent times by its owner who’s living abroad.
Set just off Glasheen Road by Flannerys’ bar, and up off that road via a steep start to the hilly School Avenue, Sandymount is spacious, with almost 2,400 sq ft, over three levels.
The home has been on the market since last weekend with Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald who guides it at €750,000, which pitches it as one of the more expensive offers in the vicinity, though he says the location’s excellent and it’s a quality contemporary build.
Design is by Dennehy and Dennehy architects, and Sandymount was built in 2008 on an infill/old cottage site next to Glasheen boys’ and girls’ schools.
It is near Lima Lawn, which in turn opens to Magazine Road, and thence College Road, in a sort of trio of parallel line roads out from the city centre to the western suburbs.
It’s essentially multi- and split- level, over basement, with a split- level divide with three steps between the main kitchen/dining and living space, which in turn are part divided by a feature gas fire, open to both room sections, while the kitchen units are in bold, glossy red, contrasting with white worktops and white tiled floor.
As the kitchen is down three steps from the wood-floored living section, it means the wide, glass-enclosed gas fire is at eye level while sitting at the breakfast bar for a homely and comforting look when lit.
The build is essentially in two blocks, with linked hall and stairwell in the middle, and across on the right is a separate, quiet family or TV room, with access to a decked back garden. This main entry level also houses a den/bed five, and a guest WC.
One floor above, there are three bedrooms plus a shared bathroom, and up another flight is a master en suite bedroom (with Juliette balcony,) the largest bedroom of all, yet modest-sized at just 14’ by 11’, but that excludes the area of the bathroom and the walk-in wardrobe.
It’s all well-finished inside, with a neutral palette, and a new owner can easily make an individual mark, while still keeping the good bases of well-finished bathrooms and porcelain tiles and dark wood floors.
The structure is block-built, has Ducon slab floors and underfloor heating at ground level, with air-to-water geothermal heat source, and it scores a good B1 BER.
External finishes include part stone cladding, white render and grey windows, and behind in the east-facing and walled-in back garden there’s some timber-clad finishes and large glazed doors to the exterior, with decking, paving and raised beds.
There’s no lawn, either fore or aft, and there’s off-street parking for several cars.
Sherry Fitz’s Johnny O’Flynn started open viewings a week ago, and says there’s an appeal to investors given its condition and modernity, as well as to families/professionals who might want a place that’s easy to live in, and easy to lock up and leave also.
VERDICT: The old suburban Glasheen vicinity has a very wide mix of house types, from cottages and townhouses through to semis and period homes on large gardens.
But there’s been only a handful of contemporary inserts built in the past decade or so, and few if any sales at Sandymount’s €750k price mark, so the buying market for a one-off like this is quite niche.
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