There’s only €15,000 of a difference in these substantial homes close to city, writes Tommy Barker
THERE’S a choice of two broadly comparable, big detached family homes fresh to market at the 36-house scheme Limeworth just west of Cork City with agents Sherry FitzGerald, and with €15,000 in their price differential.
Through the ups and downs of the property market, these five-bed homes just shy of 3,000 sq ft at Carriganarra, with a handy slip road off the Ballincollig bypass, have always sold very well. And, this western suburban location will soon to be even more easily reached once the city’s south ring flyovers are up and flying for commuters.
The duo, with Sheila O’Flynn and Andrew Whelan of Sherry FitzGerald, are No 36, which is in a cul de sac of seven houses and has not yet been lived in, priced at €550,000 and needing carpets and curtains. This house also has a detached garage home office, and has an excellent B2 BER rating.
Meanwhile, No 20 faces the green, is slightly larger and ready to move into (it is carpeted, has curtains, etc) and is guided at €565,000.
Popular Limeworth was developed on a former market garden and fruit farm by the O’Driscoll family around 2005, and houses are characterised by high roofs with attic rooms, wide facades with front gable protrusions and some feature brick arches over windows, while individuality is allowed for with a render finish, so colours can change with the times and tastes.
These two — which were retained by the developer family — are good examples of the breed and standard, each with fifth bedrooms up at second/attic level. They’ve both got four of their five bedrooms with en suites bathrooms, three large reception rooms with high ceilings, with mahogany floors and gas fires in two. They have spacious, quality kitchens too, different in layout and timber choice but to the same standard, finished out with granite tops, and integrated appliances. There’s even Miele appliances in the utility rooms.
Ground floor rooms are wired for sound, heating is underfloor at ground level with radiators on the next two levels above, it’s gas-fired and in four zones, and there are alarms fitted, cobble-lock drives, landscaped gardens to an above-average level yet easy to look after, sandstone paved patios, etc, and only No 20 has any grass to keep.
Most of the bedrooms in each have built-ins, and the master bedrooms have walk-in wardrobes, showing that most of the ’must-have’ boxes are ticked for buyers at this price level.
Limeworth has been popular with a range of trading-up buyers, especially with the medical cohort, as Wilton and the CUH are very accessible.
VERDICT: Back in the boom period, Limeworth saw a flurry of €1m values. Now, there’s little to distinguish between Nos 20 and 36 in their €550/€565k bracket, so buyers’ choice will come down to things like aspect, setting, or preference for the slightly varied floor layouts and gardens.
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