Demand high for hill-top home in Rochestown

Tommy Barker says potential buyers need to join the queue for this top-class Rochestown semi-d.

Rochestown, Cork €320,000

Size: 113 sq m (1,225 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

BER: C2

Best feature: Showhouse quality

Even the garden’s enough to draw extra interest to this Rochestown semi-d but it’s the interior that is proving the ‘must-have’ clincher once viewers get inside the door.

Demand high for hill-top home in Rochestown

Seemingly having an easy time of it is estate agent Mark Gosling of Behan Irwin Gosling, who has had repeated requests of “what will it take to take it off the market.”

Join the queue, and get your bids in fast, is probably his equable answer to one and all on that naive request.

Set in Rowan Hill, part of the large Mount Oval Village development by O’Flynn Construction, No 53 just has a wow factor, he admits, and it shows like a showhouse, though clearly it’s a family home as well.

And, apart from being in immaculate order, what’s here is good, he stresses, such as top-quality carpets on the stairs and upstairs, all a hush under foot.

Demand high for hill-top home in Rochestown

Handily, it’s on a corner site too, so there’s extra space outside for an extension now or in the future, and that site allows for off-street parking for up to four cars. 

There’s already a shed on the side, and you’d nearly get multi-level development behind, due to the way the slope these houses were built on has been tiered and tied up.

That back garden is indeed on two levels, with the lower section the size of a standard garden and patio, all skirted along the side and back by a higher level, which is held back by a retaining wall.

Demand high for hill-top home in Rochestown

It could easily accommodate a themed garden or two, one section floral or rustic and veggie, with tumbling plants cascading from the upper towards the lower, or made into an adventure challenge for older children with slides and dens ‘n’ stuff.

Inside, though, all is already calm, with an oak-floored formal reception room, with fireplace, and behind is an extended kitchen/dining/living space, with tiled floors and patio access.

Kitchen units have black granite tops, and there’s also a utility room and a guest WC.

Follow the soft stairs carpet, and overhead are three carpeted bedrooms, with master en suite, and the main family bathroom has a painted wood floor.

VERDICT: There’s going to a be a fight to get it, it seems.


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