House of the week: Boreenmanna Road, Cork - €550,000

When Malcolm Tyrell of Cohalan Downing sold No 14 Glennanaar, Boreenmanna Road for the first time in 1992, he didn’t have any difficulty finding a buyer.

Boreenmanna Road, Cork - €550,000

  • Size: Sq m 168 (1,815 sq ft)
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • BER: C3
  • Best feature: Mature grounds, great location

He says there was strong demand for all six detached houses built by O’Brien & O’Flynn at the end of a cul de sac off the Boreenmanna Road.

“The location was the big draw — it’s close to amenities, schools and bus routes and it’s within walking distance of the city centre”. The owner who bought it, he recalls, liked both the location and the size.

”He wanted a house with four double bedrooms and three reception rooms.”

Now that the owner no longer needs 1,815 sq ft of living space and all these rooms, Mr Tyrell is preparing to sell it again and doesn’t anticipate having any difficulties doing so this time either.

He’s not 100% certain, but thinks it possible that all six purchasers of the Glenanaar properties have held on to them until now and that this is the first re-sale.

The nicely matured four bed redbrick fronted house comes to the market in excellent condition having been carefully minded for the last 25 years.

“The kitchen has been upgraded and the house has been maintained to a high standard,” says Mr Tyrell quoting a guide of €550,000.

Behind one of the front bay windows is a carpeted lounge with ceiling cornicing, a marble and mahogany fireplace and double doors leading though to a formal dining room at the rear.

Behind the second front bay window is a tiled TV room with a mahogany fireplace and to the rear, there’s a large kitchen breakfast room with cream units and a breakfast bar. At this level there’s also a utility room and a guest WC.

The upstairs level has a bathroom and four good-sized bedrooms, this includes a bedroom at the front with a bay window and a master bedroom with a wall of fitted wardrobes and an en suite.

Solving the problem of how to eat al fresco and enjoy the garden without getting soaked in the Irish climate, the owners added a glass, lean-to canopy over the back patio creating a supplementary dining space.

After 25 years of tending and planting, the gardens are filled with a variety of trees and shrubs including hydrangea and fuchsia bushes.

The front drive is cobblelocked for parking and the rear, enclosed by high walls, is private. Except for the shrub beds, it is mostly graveled for ease of maintenance and there’s not a blade of grass in sight.

Located within a short stroll from the Glenanaar pub, the property is a 15 minute walk from the city centre in one direction, and Páirc Uí Rinn GAA pitch in another.

Mr Tyrell says that he’s already getting interest from trade up buyers who want a house in a good residential area with four double bedrooms and three reception rooms.

“The convenience of the location is still a big draw and the fact that it’s in a quiet private cul de sac where you don’t get any passing traffic.”


VERDICT: In addition to being spacious and well located, it’s now very nicely matured.

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