House of the week

The owner of No 70, Maryville may have a bit of a quandry: stay put in her all-done up Ballintemple home and listen — for free — to Bruce Springsteen’s summer 2013 Cork gig in Páirc Uí Chaoimh just 200 yards away, or sell up, and splash some of the sale proceeds on a couple of the Boss’s tickets?

Chances are, given her house’s quality and appeal, she’ll be buying tickets, and living elsewhere by July.

New to market in a chilly December is this warm three-bed, all-renovated home, with top-notch attic room as an overhead bonus.

A smart semi-detached bungalow in this south city suburban crescent, No 70 Maryville is just on the Marina/Monahan Road side of Ballintemple, putting it within a 30 minute walk of Cork city centre on the flat. The GAA’s city stadium, and old Showgrounds is directly to the north, with views beyond to sun-kissed Montenotte up on the sandstone shelf above the Lee, while Blackrock village is a 10 minute stroll to the east. The Atlantic Pond is a doddle altogether.

Auctioneer Mark Gosling of Jeremy Murphy & Co guides this c1,200 sq ft pristine home at €260,000, and says strong selling points include the fact it has been extended to the back for a super-bright kitchen/dining room, with direct access to a south-facing deck and patio/yard, home too to an adaptable shed and garage.

The previous owner of this 1951-built home was a builder, who made No 70’s upgrade a personal labour of love, and its current owner who bought it just a few years ago is a graphic designer.... you kind of get the picture of her background, from all the art works and prints on the walls.

It’s got a front ‘formal’ living room with slight bay window, old pine floor and nice fireplace with cast iron insert. Behind, is a rear family room with cast iron stove and stairs to the attic level, and this back room has been opened up to the dining room extension, with patio doors drawing in light. Off to the side is the kitchen with vanilla-hued units, nothing fancy but all fine, and with integrated appliances and its tiled floor continuing the clean, uncluttered look.

There are three bedrooms, plus main bathroom, and upstairs is possibly the biggest space of all, a 15’ by 14’ room with adjoining bathroom with shower, as well as 21’ long by 7’ wide walk-in wardrobe/closet. Although it doesn’t qualify for the proper ‘bedroom’ description because of planning guidelines, new owners might well be tempted to make use of it for overnights, guests or others.

A good, practical option for city/suburban living for a couple, small family or traders down (and with off-street parking,) the general location’s highly popular, so the agents are expecting a seasonal swell of visitors checking out its credentials and near attributes.

VERDICT: Extended up top, and to the back, generally upgraded (even the doors have all been changed) No 70’s a good example of how a ‘50s bungalow can be brought back up to speed.


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