Tommy Barker enjoys the views at Sungrove which is in a prime location close to the town centre.
Sidney Park, Cork City €435,000
Size: 127 sq m (1,370 sq ft)
ONLY leaving continuous family ownership now for the first time since 1940 is Sungrove, a quality-built semi-detached family home, high above Cork city, tucked into a corner of Sidney Park.
South-facing in front, it has a two-storey, slender bay window, appropriately like the bridge of a ship because it does indeed entice stepping into, and scanning the horizon from.
The views, beyond a lower tier of homes in Sidney Park, span Cork City and southern suburbs, right out to the hills miles away on the other side of town.
Sheer proximity to the city centre is a trump card for many families who buy into Sidney Park, and these homes are indeed ‘for life’.
Families generally have to be prised out of them given the ease of access to Cork’s core, with a plethora of schools (both primary and secondary) and private colleges right on the doorstep.
Add southern aspect, and elevation with such commanding views, and it’s clear why the park has so many fans.
Sungrove, or No 29, is at the upper, western corner of Sidney Park, with a tall, old sandstone wall along its western boundary, where there’s a second access point to the house, onto a lane which also leads to the boys’ secondary school CBC.
Main access to No 29 is up a long, stepped garden path to its front sun terrace, with parking on-street.
Sungrove comes to market with Trish Stokes of Lisney, who guides the now-extended 1,370 sq ft four-bed two-storey home at €435,000, and who says the current generation of owners are preparing to downsize.
It’s quite a deep house, especially as it has been extended to the back where there’s a new, modern kitchen in pale, neutral colours with overhead Velux windows for westerly light, and there’s a clear front-to-back run of rooms, over 40’ from kitchen end to sliding patio doors at the front wood-floored living room, onto the stone-flagged sun terrace.
A chimney hearth hints at the fact this front living room had a fireplace, since covered over, and the next owners might want to reinstate it, suggests the Lisney agent.
Entry to the house is at the side, into a terrazzo floored hall, with guest WC, a utility is next to the kitchen and to the front is a second, south-facing reception room, which also has old wood floor, and a striking Art Deco-style tile fireplace, original to the house’s construction.
Also original is a first-floor bedroom’s timber and cast iron fireplace, and one of the other three bedrooms has a bay window.
The first-floor main bathroom has recently been refitted with a new white suite and an over-sized shower cubicle.
And, heating is gas-fired, with good quality pvc windows helping this 75-year-old home score a good D1 BER.
Externally there’s a tapering rear garden, up to a timber shed and in front there are well-tended lawns and flower beds either side of the central garden path, while the front and side paved terraces are real sun-soaking spots.
The Price Register shows a spread of pricing in this park of individual home of various sizes and shapes, over the past few years, one earlier this year sold for €395,000, three transacted in 2014 at prices from €255,000 to €300,000, and in 2012 a recent years’ top price was paid for one of the largest here, Knockmahon, which fetched €565,000.
VERDICT: Top of the world, in Cork City terms.
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