It turns out the family living at 6 The Rise in Cork’s western suburbs have only been passing through; but, what they are selling now is a far cry from what they bought five years ago.
Also called Cherrygrove, No 6’s in one of the very best positions within the mid 1900s Bishopstown development off the Waterfall Road.
It’s set just by a turn or junction at the first of the several entrances to the network of estate roads that comprise The Rise, and is in a short cul de sac with a mix of a handful of varied semi-ds, and a corner detached, and the back faces south. Nice.
Right next to No 6’s decent and long side garden is a small green with mature trees, and it has been much-favoured as a play space by the young family now selling to trade up, and to move even closer to the city centre
As it is, there’s a back garden set out here as a small playing pitch, complete with a goal and a trampoline, while the attached playroom has an assured display of complicated Lego constructions, all the more impressive as their creator is aged just seven.
Also well built, and with real bricks featuring in their front facades along with distinctive circular hall windows, The Rise houses are solid, substantial builds with nay a small room within, accommodating, accessible, and easy to update.
Well, relatively so, at least, as the clan in No 6 have found out, having done work here from top to tail since it last was up for sale in 2011, as a dated (very dated) do-er upper.
Back then, it came for sale with agents Marshs with a €370,000 asking price and shows up on the Price Register as having made €299,000 in that same year, so obviously the bidding reflected the work needed at the time.
It got all it needed, and it didn’t really need an extension as there’s the bones of 2,000 sq ft here as it stands, with a side garage converted to a play room, plus a utility and guest WC which links back into the kitchen. Handily, too, there’s a guest cloakroom for hiding away coats off the extra wide and airy hall, and there’s a further storage space off the playroom for sports gear, toys, and yet more Lego.
One of No 6’s hard-working owners is an engineer, and he oversaw the upgrades that saw new electrics, new plumbing, new bathroom, new kitchen, reflooring at ground level, new oak joinery in skirting and architraves, new oak doors and more. It was also dry-lined, and the attic insulated and part-floored (it’s easily converted to further living space), whilst all external walls have new skims of plaster and redecoration.
It’s not all brand new and shiny: aptly, the house still has its quite unusual wrought iron ballusters on the stairs, under hardwood rails, while westerly light pours in through an extra wide stairs window, brightening up both internal levels.
After all those endeavours, No 6’s smart, clean and fresh, warm and cosy (new boiler and zoned heating,) with linked, front-to-back living rooms, some 26’ by 13’ in all with a feature Donegal marble fireplace, reflecting one of the owner’s home county roots in the North West.
The back of Cherrygrove faces pretty much due south, so the garden is a sun trap, and the sun flows into the utility, kitchen, rear reception, and even more so into a lean-to conservatory off the back room.
That sun room was already there back in 2011 so the owners merely tweaked it, replacing the plastic/polycarbonate roof with glass, so now it’s even brighter, and a bit quieter too when the rain is pelting down.
Selling agent is Hugh McPhillips of Marshs auctioneers, and he sold it last time around also after it had been decades in another family’s hands, and notes now “it’s still got all the positives of location, cul de sac setting, size, gardens and more, but everything has been done, and it’s a walk-in proposition for its next owners.”
Mr McPhillips guides Cherrygrove/No 6 at €450,000, and given the paucity of trading-up stock currently on the market (No 41 The Rise is also currently back for sale with Sherry FitzGerald, guiding €450,000 also, and under offer at €430,000) he expects to be busy with viewings, and to have a quick sale.
VERDICT: Reworked and ready to go.
The Rise, Bishopstown
Size: 184 sq m (2,000 sq ft)
Best Features: A finished job, in a settled and mature estate, in Cork’s western suburbs where supply of such stock is low
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