House of the week: Ballintemple, Cork City €585,000

With a string of Ballintemple/Blackrock house sales under and well above the €1m mark No 8 is one of the, ahem, more ‘affordable’ offers for the fortunate few.

Size: 114 sq m (1,228 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER: Pending

Best Feature: location, and interior quality

THE property market in Cork city and suburbs is showing signs of sketchy, uneven progress: some areas have slowed down in terms of bidding activity since early 2016, but other areas continue to rock and roll and to gather pace.

Within sight and sound of the summer music venue the Marquee, Cork’s Blackrock and Ballintemple suburbs are in evident full, upwardly-mobile flight, with strong residential sales clocking through from the very start of this reinvigorated west-east road paralleling the River Lee, from the city and its quays, starting by Ashton, all the way out to Blackrock village itself.

House of the week: Ballintemple, Cork City €585,000

It’s quite the gilded strip of suburbia, with any amount of trading up and trading down activity, with aspiring ‘blow-ins’’ having to bid hard to out-fox those already in residence in the area, as ‘locals’ know they can sell easily and for pretty high sums too, to make their next move as family sizes, life stage and job prospects might dictate.

There’s every type of house and home between its ‘pole’ ends, from Georgian and Victorian villas to large Edwardian semi-ds, as well as apartments, terraces and cottages. 

House of the week: Ballintemple, Cork City €585,000

Contemporary in-fills are here too, if you scan back garden sites, and what’s in short supply are 20th century, three and four-bed semi-ds. 

Mostly, they’re just a tad off the Blackrock Road, in spots like Beaumont (see p4/16), and are as equally and as hotly pursued as their period-era peers. 

Between the ‘BBB’ addresses, ie Blackrock, Ballintemple and Beaumont, the house market now clearly has a Triple AAA rating among the better-heeled buyers.

House of the week: Ballintemple, Cork City €585,000

There’s a short run of sublimely-set semi-ds in lovely and leafy Ardfoyle Avenue, where the three-bedroomed, top quality home No 8 has just come up for sale and despite a price tag of €585,000, it’s likely to create a stir.

West facing to the back, private and upgraded with feature replacement timber sash windows, yet still quite modest in size, the c 1,228 sq ft No 8 Ardfoyle Avenue has full planning permission for a 1,000 sq ft, two-storey extension which broadens its appeal further, for those with further sums in their coffers.

It’s currently home to a young and growing family, looking to trade up, and is listed for sale with Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, who observes: “Ardfoyle Avenue is, without doubt, one of the premier residential locations on Cork’s southside, and this is a stunning home, with perfect aspect, is in exceptionally good condition.”

House of the week: Ballintemple, Cork City €585,000

It’s set directly opposite the entrance to the acres of open space by Ardfoyle Convent, a few minutes walk either to the Marina, or to Ballintemple village, and is in walk-in condition.

It’s a good size for a couple, or those trading down, while others will look in time to the extension option (secure in the knowledge of a grant of approval already) and a couple of the neighbouring semis on this avenue already have quite cutting edge extension in place.

As it is, builders’ vans are set to grace Ardfoyle Avenue in 2017 after the ‘sale agreed’ of an adjacent detached, 1,700 sq ft four-bed home called Coolscart. 

House of the week: Ballintemple, Cork City €585,000

Very attractive, with original charm and features, Coolscart needs lots of work, and a total spend there is likely to top €1m.

Detached Coolscart was ‘House of the Week’ here in this slot in late March, guided at €725,000 by agent Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing. 

It had about 15 serious viewers, and bidding pushed the price past the €725k guide but the agent doesn’t reveal its eventual sale price, so all will be revealed on the Price Register in due course.

Back at top-notch No 8 Ardfoyle Avenue, there are interlinked wood-floored reception rooms, each with cast iron fireplaces, and rear patio/deck access is a boon. 

House of the week: Ballintemple, Cork City €585,000

There’s also a slender galley-style kitchen with marble-topped units, a guest WC, and three bedroom plus bathroom with bath and separate shower, with uniformly good finishes throughout.

VERDICT: With a string of Ballintemple/Blackrock house sales under and well above the €1m mark (including just over €1m sale agreed for a mid-terraced recently) No 8 is one of the, ahem, more ‘affordable’ offers for the fortunate few.


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