Generous space in original home

A GREAT corner garden site, and a pristine four-bed detached family home on it, will appeal to traders-up casting an eye over Garrycloyne.

This rock-solid, four-square 1960s home is at the end of Bellair estate, between Cork’s Douglas and Ballinlough roads with the quirky deli Joup at its long garden boundary. It is a new arrival with Sherry FitzGerald, who guide it at €490,000.

The site’s an unusual shape, with a long, tapering side garden with lots of road frontage and a clipped screening hedge: if this had come up for sale a few years ago, there’d have been a posse with an eye to an extra house site potential here. That potential might still exist, but there’s also immediate scope to enlarge this c 1,400 sq ft house out to the side. Already, a few neighbouring houses have done extensions, and quite a few have converted attics.

Built by Denis McCarthy, whose own family home was just a stone’s throw away, Bellair houses were known from day one for their good proportions and civilised room sizes: all four of Garrycloyne’s bedrooms are doubles, for example, and a few could probably fit an en suite bathroom. There are two decent reception rooms, kitchen with store/pantry, guest WC and family bathroom.

Recently underpinned and with drains and drive work done, Garrycloyne has what auctioneer Ann O’Mahony calls a courtyard garden, enclosed at the back by a very old tall limestone wall, and sheltered to the west by its own garage and storage sheds.

This house has double glazing, central heating, and original features, including an oak strip hall floor, ceiling coving, and distinctive curved door architraves.

Also for sale nearby is another adapted and extended Bellair detached home, Ormond. Directly across the road, it has had a recent reduction from €525k to €465k with Kevin O’Sullivan Estates.


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