House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Brian Olden and Jackie Cohalan of Cohalan Downing Auctioneers (CDA) say “it’s a high-quality property, with a wonderful flow to it, ideal for family living or entertaining.”

Size: 198 sq m (2,100 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: N/A

Best Feature: Location

Back 10 years ago, three houses were built in the back garden of a period-era home called Glandore House, named in honour of the West Cork coastal gem, only confusingly placed in the heart of Blackrock village in Cork harbour.

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Glimpsed down a long approach lane in the now reinvigorated village core, skirting Glandore Avenue and fronted by a pair of semis called Glandore Villas, the 100-year old c3,000 sq ft Glandore House had gone up for sale in 2003 on an acre, guiding €800,000, and it sold for quite a bit more more than that, given its site development scope.

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Much of its acre was hived off, with planning grante for three detached new-builds, to a design by architect Michael Casey for developer P&C, and then, in turn, in 2005, those three, 2,000-plus sq ft houses were put up for sale in a niche scheme of three-only called Glandore Manor, at a cool €810,000 a pop in a strongly rising market.

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Finished off in 2006, all three have settled nicely into their grounds, and after a decade, No 2 is for sale, quite probably the first resale in Glandore Manor to come along.

It is listed just this week with Brian Olden and Jackie Cohalan of Cohalan Downing Auctioneers (CDA), who price it at €725,000, and they say “it’s a high-quality property, with a wonderful flow to it, ideal for family living or entertaining.”

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Right on its doorstep is Blackrock Village and pier and boat-club, now home to all-week long cafe society and weekend farmers’ markets. Cork City Council is vastly improving the public realm with new paving, plaza and park area creation and has highlighted old tram tracks found during roadworks and there’s a real sense of change afoot... at last: back writing about Glandore House and Manor’s sale in the mid-2000s, the very same public area enhancements were mooted. Slow tram coming?

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Also part of a sea-change for Blackrock was the arrival for sale this month too of the 27 luxury apartments at Blackrock House, in the converted and conserved former Ursuline Convent, a project well worth waiting for (it’s had over 1,000 visitors on a look-see since a Lisney launch a fortnight ago).

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

There’ll be a completely different market appeal to No 2 Glandore Manor: with the new Ursuline School on its doorstep, on a bus route and well-serviced, it’s a family home, simple as. 

It’s two storey, four-bedded, and relatively spacious, in an easily-kept package, and the area right by the Marina and Castle Road is in super-hot demand, “one of Cork’s most desirable addresses,” according to CDA.

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Inside at Glandore Manor, behind a communal electric gate, No 2 is mid-way between its two quite identical ‘siblings’ and has off-street parking on a brick-pave drive behind yet another retracting sliding electric gate.

A slender porch cover over the front door, next to a deep living room bay window, gives some protection from the elements to callers, and inside is a cream tiled hall, turning into a stair well with solid balusters, and views into the deep, similarly tiled kitchen/dining room with its rich, cherry-wood units and black granite tops and island, and dining table in a rear sun-room/bay extension.

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Up two steps from the kitchen and open to it, with inset LED lights in the step riser, is a family room with wood floor, gas flame-effect fire, and back garden/deck access with westerly aspect.

Other rooms include a slender front living room with bay window and open fireplace, a TV room, and a small study, plus utility and guest WC.

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Overhead, the carpeted master bedroom to the front picks up the bay window theme too, has built-ins and an en suite with shower. 

The three other three bedrooms are served by the main family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, and heating is gas fired and zoned, windows are doubled-glazed, wood effect pvc, plus there’s an alarm.

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

Given a floor area of c2,100 sq ft, there’s a good number of rooms in these Glandore Manor houses, but as a result some are on the relatively compact size scale, ‘though the linked, west facing kitchen/diner with adjacent family space balances this back out a deal for day-to-day living. 

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

VERDICT: Blackrock village is back in its rightful ascendancy.

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000

House of the week: Blackrock Village, Cork €725,000


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