No 6? — Wood I what

There have only been a few house sales and resales at Cork’s Woodview, a leafy, dog-leg suburban road off the Douglas and Well Roads, in recent years, and, really it’s hard to compare prices and properties, as they are all just so different... very different.

Woodview, Douglas - €720,000

Size: 176 sq m (1,900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2

BER: D1

An unlived in, Colonial architecture-styled house called Curraghbeg sold two years ago for €2.3m, understood to be to a tech entrepreneur, and has been left sadly empty since that remarkable strong result.

In 2010, a large dormer called ‘Harrodean’ fetched €1.04m, while one or two others along Woodview’s broad house mix sold in the early to mid €200,000s between 2012 and 2014, while two others sold between 2010 and 2012 for €511,000, and €591,000.

And, right now, a do-er bungalow on Woodview is under offer at €460,000, with an asking price of €495,000 via Sherry Fitz after a previous ‘sale agreed’ fell through, while Sherry Fitz also went ‘sale agreed’ within a month of going to market earlier this summer at €1.4m with Lisheen, an attractive and immaculatley kept early 1900s detached 3,500 sq ft quality home, on 0.6 acres of gardens.

So, with a 10-fold price span, from €210k to €2.3m in the ‘hood, how do you go about valuing a new to market arrival in a sought-after spot like Woodview?

Well, in the case of 6 Woodview, there’s effectively a ready reckoner to go by: what it made when it last changed hands, seven years ago.

Red-brick

A red-brick, three-storey semi-detached Edwardian era (c 1904) 1,900 sq ft home with five bedrooms, it went up for sale in 2010, guiding €700,000 when it made a page 1 feature in this supplement.

It needed some underpinning, and sold back then to private buyers for a recorded €510,500 according to the Price Register, and apart from getting that necessary work done back then, it also got an overhaul of its bathrooms and other interior elements.

So, now in very good, re-rooted order from top to bottom, it’s back up for sale, and estate agent Michael O’Donovan of Savills Cork guides at €720,000, stressing its period appeal, and sense of place and its positioning, within a five minute walk of Douglas village and a host of amenities, on a relatively quiet road section which is effectively restricted to one-way traffic.

No 6’s previous owners had been here 28 years, and they did a fair amount of upgrades too, including creating a double/triple aspect kitchen to the side (in what may have been a garage), with granite tops on painted units.

Separately, behind is a south-west facing 19’ by 10’ garden room used for dining, with a high, single pitch roof.

It also has garden views and access.

Also deep, but relatively slender, is the 28’ by 12’ front reception room, with black marble and cast iron fireplace with tiled insert, and the room’s bay window overlooks the front garden’s russet and copper coloured acers.

Also at ground are a guest WC, and long, resurfaced hall, done in a pale porcelain-effect tile, and the first floor has a bathroom with master bedroom with Sliderobes across the house’s width to the front, and a second bedroom overloks the west-aspected rear garden and patio, plus useful garden shed under the shade of an ash tree.

The top floor, meanwhile, has three more bedrooms, one’s a single, the other two are doubles.

Savills’ Michael O’Donovan says the easy-to-live with period No 6 “is in excellent decorative order throughout, and is positioned in one of the most sought-after areas in Douglas, with off-street parking, mature gardens.



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