Tommy Barker finds a house that ticks the boxes for traders-up and traders-in at Westbury on Beaumont Drive.
There’s a lath and canvas, old-school Irish currach upended in the shelter of Westbury’s carport, all ready to be towed to the Lee around Blackrock, at a moment’s notice, or a good forecast.
It’s seemingly quite an anomalous, or out of its time, addition to a suburban home, even in Beaumont Drive, off the main city-Blackrock Road, but then again, currach building and racing is in vogue in Cork due to Meitheal Mara, with its Rás Mór, or Ocean to City boat race, due on June 4: get rowing.
Or, get gardening, row by row, in the case of Westbury, aka No 29 Beaumont Drive, because while it might have a boat in its front garden, its back garden is a training feat in its own right; it’s 160’ long.
This detached, mid-1900s suburban Cork house has lots going for it, but uppermost are location and its lengthy gardens, particularly as the aspect to the back is due west.
Slender-seeming, but deep in its floor plan and quite high as well behind, with flat-roofed two-storey rear extension, Westbury’s launched on the market with agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, who guides at €525,000.
It’s good, solid and probably quite old-fashioned now in anyone’s book, but the bones and essentials are all ticking boxes for traders-up and traders-in.
It’s one of two dozen house of similar era vintage along Beaumont Drive, with detacheds probably outnumbered by semis by a 2:1 ratio.
Some might seek to build in the back garden, as there’s a possibility of rear access.
Right now, No 29’s garden is a standout feature and means lots of play and gardening space and scope, and it’s all been very well tended, says Mr Olden, describing the house as “instantly appealing.”
Inside is a hall with wood floor, sitting room that’s 14’ by 11’, and a slightly larger lounge with fireplace.
There is a raised dining area with garden access, older-style kitchen/dining room with galley-style kitchen units, and further garden access as well as a TV section with wood-burning stove, plus a ground floor bathroom/ shower room.
Upstairs are four bedrooms, most with built-ins, and the 26ft by 11ft master bedroom is en suite, with a sunken bath.
VERDICT: A gem to polish.
Best feature: Setting and scope to build in garden,
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