Generous sites are a hallmark of the Beaumont area in Cork’s south suburbs and this home at No 9 Dundanion Road is no exception.
Dundanion Road, Beaumont, Cork €625,000
Size: 157 sq ft (1,680 sq ft)
Best Feature: Tasty buy
A COUPLE of the more recent house sales around this Dundanion/Beaumont Cork home saw bungalows on large gardens and corner sites snapped up for their plot value, each set for demolition and replacement with a small number of new builds.
Heck, even the local Spar just got sold, and is due for demolition and replacement by two semi-ds, due to demand for homes in this vicinity.
That’s not going to be the fate or case here, though at 9 Dundanion Road; it will be bought solely for its attractiveness as it stands, as well as detached status, its location, rear garden aspect and size, and space.
Now coming up on 70 years of age, and set on a slightly sloping road above Beaumont Crescent and parallel to Beaumont Drive, the stand-alone No 9 runs close to 1,700 sq ft, thanks to some modest and bright add-ons done by its owners for the past 20 years, shortly after they moved in, in their family rearing stages.
Time flies, and children gain wings; one’s now in Perth and two others are fledged, so it’s early down-size time, and a lifestyle move to west Cork for No 9’s owners.
As a result, No 9’s new to market with Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing, who guides the immaculate four-bed with west-facing back gardens at €625,000.
This particular stretch, just off busier roads through Beaumont, is home to a mix of bungalows and two-storeys builds, built back in a time of generous gardens.
No 9’s no different, coming as it does with a printed and painted concrete drive for off-street parking for a few cars, attractive and well-shrubbed front lawn and garden, slender detached garage to the side, and a lovely, private rear garden with mature screening and colourful planting.
In fact, the well-sized, west-facing back garden was home to a polytunnel for a number of years, sheltering behind the garage; now, it has been taken back down (gone west?) but there’s still a decent raised veg bed, planted up with salad, veg and chard.
If the sale goes smoothly and swiftly, new occupants could be in residence here, in time for the last of the 2017 autumn harvest.
One of the vendors is an artist, painter, printmaker and ceramicist, who returned to art school in her family rearing age and as a result all the art and scenes — large and small — hanging on the walls of No 9 are by her own hand; she also hand-painted tiles and then smashed them reassembling them for a guest bathroom’s feature sink surround, depicting an underwater scene, with golden yellow koi fish.
Also freshly painted, or at least perfectly presented, are many of the rooms within, on both levels, and this house has two main reception rooms to the front, left and right of the cherry wood hall floor.
One reception room has a new wood-burning stove (helping No 9 get a C2 BER as a renewable energy source), with unusual, low-slung stone cladding by the skirting boards and the other has a double aspect, now looking through glass to a rear, high-ceilinged sun-room addition, off the kitchen/dining section, and has an original wood floor and second fireplace.
The kitchen, via a side hall past a guest WC, has a dark slate floor, and granite tops up on test-of-time-standing kitchen units and dresser/press, in Irish Elm, done by HomeGrown Kitchens.
If any kitchen deserves to escape the trend for painting wood units, this elm beauty surely is a contender to survive as-is?
There’s an extended wood-sheeted vaulted ceiling section over the dining table, and adjacent is a very bright living space with sloping ceiling and Velux, and the almost lean-to sun room opens through French doors to a raised deck, patio and garden.
All the boundaries are mature (including a scented white lilac) and there’s practically no overlooking.
The more distant rear view includes the mature tree-line of Beaumont’s public park by the old quarry and playing pitches, and national schools, while Ballintemple and Blackrock villages, and the Marina, and Páirc Uí Chaoimh are all within a short walk.
VERDICT: No 9 understates its arty charms.
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