House of the week: Douglas, Cork city €475,000

WHEN it came to providing themselves with all the latest top quality home comforts, the owners of 38 The Downs, in Broadale, Douglas, Cork, went all out by importing a Finnish sauna and a Lithuanian timber garden cabin to put it in.

Size: 131 sq m (1,414 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4

But the installation of the cabin with a gym, sauna and bathroom only came after the owners had completely upgraded and redecorated the four bed semi which they bought in 2007.

Putting in a modern high gloss kitchen as well as porcelain tiling and solid Canadian oak flooring they removed any traces of the original 1990s décor.

After that they decked and paved the garden and six years ago gave themselves the luxury of a Finnish sauna.

Selling the 1,414 sq ft property, which has just come on the market with a guide of €475,000, Glenn O’Connor of DNG Creedon is anticipating a high level of interest.

He says that The Downs, a niche section at the back of Maryborough Hill in Broadale, is a hugely popular estate where houses don’t come on the market very often.

The most recent sale there involved No 28, a 1,200 sq ft three-bed semi which sold for €402,00 early last year, €33,000 above its guide price.

Mr O’Connor says the key selling points for this one include its space and condition and most particularly, the location.

“It’s in a quiet cul-de-sac within close proximity to the South Ring Road and the shopping centres, restaurants and pubs in Douglas village,’’

The fact that the owners are relocating and are including all the current contents such as sofas, tables, beds, appliances and some garden furniture will, he believes, provide added incentive for buyers to come along and view it.

Behind the bay window at the front is a spacious oak floored living room which has a candelabra style light fitting, double doors and a full height brick faced chimney breast with a solid fuel stove.

At the back of the house there’s a cream kitchen dining room with high gloss units, integrated appliances and a porcelain tiled floor with underfloor heating.

An archway from the kitchen leads through to a second sitting room or family room which has sliding doors opening out on to the back patio.

An archway on the other side of the kitchen leads to a long narrow utility room with high gloss units and a door to the garden.

In a single storey section at the side of the house is an oak floored office/study which has a fairly comprehensive range of German made cupboards, desks and drawers as well as a huge map of the world which will remain.

At the top of the curved staircase there’s an oak floored master bedroom with built in sliderobes and an en suite shower room.

There’s also a tiled bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and underfloor heating as well as three additional bedrooms, two doubles and one single, all with built in wardrobes.

In addition to the sauna, the owners also freed themselves from grass cutting with a low maintenance garden.

They paved the entire front garden with redbrick to match the façade of the house, creating parking space for three cars. In the south-facing back garden, they paved a large area outside the kitchen and sitting room and added a set of steps leading to a large decked area which is currently occupied by a picnic table and a small slide.

Beyond the decking there are two sheds, a small one for storage and the other, a 280 sq ft Lithuanian import with a sauna, a bathroom and a gym from which the exercise equipment has now been removed.

This space has timber flooring, walls and ceilings and could be used for a children’s play area, an office or re-equipped as a gym.

For security the house has an alarm with CCTV in both the back and front gardens.

Mr O’Connor is planning open viewings on Monday and Tuesday this week and is expecting a big turnout.

“Broadale is always very popular with trade-up buyers and for this type of property we always get a lot of interest from people already living in the estate who want to upgrade to something larger,” he said.

VERDICT: Offers space and comfort and the prospect of a nice hot sauna on a cold winter’s day.

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