Tommy Barker looks at a large, detached home in Mallow with five-bedrooms and plenty of space.
Mallow, Cork €430,000
Size: 246 sq m (2,650 sq ft)
Listed for sale at €430,000 by estate agent Mary O’Callaghan of Mallow’s Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan, is the fine, five-bed family home No 24 Westbury Heights, within a walk of the town, off Kennel Hill.
Good and all as No 24 is, it’s hardly likely to reach the price heights of No 8 Westbury Heights, which was for sale earlier this year guided at €600,000, and sold in the mid-€500,000s.
No 8 was, quite simply head and shoulders above pretty much all of the two dozen neighbouring houses in this upmarket, 1990s Gerry Creedon-built development of large, detached all-brick-faced houses.
It featured here via agents SFO’D at the time, showcasing things like an open-plan living space after a 700 sq ft extension brought it to 3,000 sq ft, and its outdoor pizza oven.
No 8’s vendors (a local, very successful business family) traded up, to a whopping modern mansion built on 108 acres, for which they paid €1.4m.
Meanwhile, back in the slightly more real world, No 24 is a very good example of Westbury Heights’ homes, and is more accessible to a range of traders-up at its guide of €430k (next door, the last house in the development above Mallow town, No 25, has also come to market with Murphy Brown guiding €460,000).
Sherry Fitz’s Mary O’Callaghan says the 2,650 sq ft No 24, also know as Lacanvey, is an elegant home on a private site with two reception rooms, office, and tiled kitchen/dining room all off a tiled hall, with two of its five bedrooms en suite.
VERDICT: Westbury Heights has held its own, maturing with grace and evolving gardens.
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