Tommy Barker eyes up a home in the visionary Jacob’s Island development which he says is maturing nicely.
Jacobs Island, Mahon, Cork €620,000
Sq m 198 sq m (2,138 sq ft)
Best Feature: The lough-shore walk from Blackrock via Mahon, past this house to Rochestown, is a Cork civic boost
It’s not just the naming of Longshore Drive that seems visionary, it was even creating and imagining the new residential stretch that carried kudos, when first envisaged back in the late 1990s and delivered in the early 2000s.
The sale back then of 111 acres at the city’s peninsular tip at Mahon by Cork City Council paved the way for O’Callaghan Properties’ Mahon Point, and subsequently City Gate, while McCarthy Developments took up the mantle on the housing and apartments front at Jacobs Island.
The most upmarket part of this ‘new’ location was Longshore Drive, and it’s matured beautifully, enhanced by an 18-acre public park by the hugely successful Blackrock-Mahon-Rochestown harbour walk, a great example of joined-up thinking between the public and private sectors.
Now, one of those big detacheds, No 39 Longshore Drive, comes to market with agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, who seeks offers of €620,000 for the high-quality, well-maintained 2,140 sq ft five-bed trading up family home.
It’s been a couple of years since one of these detached came to market: back in 2014, No 59, with almost tropical back garden planting, came up for sale guiding €425,000 and, according to the Price Register, sold for €465,000, so the guide now on No 39 shows just how strong price recovery has taken hold since.
At market peak, several sold in the €800,000s, and one reportedly went for about €1m.
And, in the last two years, McCarthys have sold a few extra sites on this water-fronting stretch, and those site buyers have built even larger houses in this vicinity, some with steps up over lower-ground levels.
No 39 is in walk-in condition, says Ms O’Mahony, and has two of its five bedrooms en suite with a good interconnection between its ground floor rooms too, while decor’s neutral, with quality finishes.
A first-floor landing has a thrusting angle jutting out over the marble-tiled double-height hall and, to the left, is a carpeted family rooms, with gas fireplace and bay window.
Off to the right-hand side are a marble-tiled living room linked to a dining room, marble-floored too, with rear patio access through slender French doors.
Also across the back of the house with garden access is a kitchen, with white gloss units and black granite tops, with breakfast counter/casual family dining and here, again the flooring is pale marble tiles.
The patio just beyond is paved with sandstone, and there’s a feature, curving low stone wall separating it from the lawn with BBQ and bins store screened behind walls.
Also easy to keep is the front garden, with shrubs planted amid hard landscaping/gravel, and the front drive is finished with brick paviours and will fit several cars.
Back inside, the master bedroom is en suite, with dressing area, and has a bay window.
A second bedroom has a shower en suite, and two of the other three bedrooms are singles to the back of the house.
Finishes externally are dash on the side and back walls, with a mix of render, brick, clay tiles and marble on the front facade, with the main, central door and glazed side panels are in hardwood, as is the feature apex window above which draws light deep in the hall and landing.
VERDICT: Spacious, with good finishes inside and outside, and in walk-in condition on the perimeter of what’s become one of Cork city’s best-loved and appreciated public walks.
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