House of the week: Blackrock, Cork €600,000

There’s always a cachet to the Blackrock Road address of Menloe Gardens — and, it’s been a few years since a house came up for sale here.

Size: 168 (1,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4


Best Feature: It’s Menloe 

In fact, one the last to change hands was a very dated house called Bruideanbararra, on a large corner site and it made €730,000, was demolished, and replaced by a whopper of a new build.

Then, the same year (2011), another modestly-sited house here in Menloe Gardens sold for €385,000, and just before in 2010 another one called Rossbrin made €485,000 - so there’s a bit of a price and size scale and spectrum here.

House of the week: Blackrock, Cork €600,000

The park is indeed quite special, a cul de sac off the main Blackrock Road, a kilometre or so from the village, on the city and Ballintemple side. 

Its houses are all quite different, many or most done in what’s termed the ‘Domestic Revival’ style, some with Tudor timber effects, and have a quintessential English style to them, many with names sounding quite un-Irish.

The majority of Menloe Gardens homes all overlook a large green graced by several very old chestnut trees, just now in heavy spikey bloom: it’s a classic setting.

Newly up for sale in this most venerable of addresses is Scarteen, an extended and west-facing semi-d on the left hand side of the road before the green. 

House of the week: Blackrock, Cork €600,000

It has had lots of work done in the past decade or two, has two of its four bedrooms en suite, and is priced at €600,000 by selling agents James G Coughlan Associates.

Scarteen’s going to be one to watch for bids and levels of viewing: you can take it that there will be loads of interest and activity given Blackrock’s current price primacy with several recent house sales just under the €1m mark (they were two adjoining large Edwardian semis on the Marina), over €1m on Castle Road (Mount Rivers) - and of course the recent record holder, at €2m, The Rectory, 50 metres from Menloe Gardens. 

In between, in the 1990s interloper Menloe Park, No 2 sold last year for €510,000, and nearby the period 1820s home, Drumcora, a former sports club for Dunlops works, awaits costly conservation after selling in a raw state for just €325,000 last year.

House of the week: Blackrock, Cork €600,000

Despite being a more modest residence than The Rectory or Drumcora, Scarteen’s a bit of gem in its own right, in one of Cork’s most prestigious addresses, according to its selling agent Jim Coughlan; he adds that it has been tastefully upgraded, whilst keeping essential character. 

The authenticity is, in fact, first glimpsed in the entry hall, with its inner hall arches, and stairs turn (see pic, right).

With 1,800 sq ft Scarteen has its original two reception rooms to the right, and they are interlinked and now continuing on into a study/sun room further behind, with high vaulted ceilings (with Velux) in this last room, pine sheeted and limewashed, and it opens to an east-facing deck overlooking the mature back garden, which is part walled in and part hedged.

House of the week: Blackrock, Cork €600,000

To the side/rear is a redone kitchen, with painted units and granite tops. It’s not the largest of kitchens, but links to a seated dining/breakfast section, with small gas stove, and alongside is a utility, and guest WC, with the sun room the other side, making for a nice internal flow.

The middle reception room has a wood-burning stove, and flooring at ground level is primarily timber and some tiling.

After a reconfiguration, one of the house’s four bedrooms is now at ground floor level, it has an en suite, and has high wood-panelled ceilings, and a bay window facing west to the front drive and entrance.

Upstairs are three more bedrooms, and the main bedroom is en suite, with a good private bathroom, complete with bath. In contrast, the family bathroom is smaller, with a shower.

Heating is via gas, windows are double glazed and the BER’s a very acceptable D2.

VERDICT: After its add-ons, Scarteen’s got a good mix of rooms, without over-extending itself.

The location is tip-top, quiet and it’s an easy walk to weekend markets and cafes in Blackrock village, as well as to the Marina and Atlantic Pond.


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