This spacious Foxwood bungalow keeps getting better and better , says Tommy Barker
Rochestown, Cork - €410,000
Size: 130 sq m (1,400 sq ft)
GOING down a treat on viewings already is 26 Foxwood Drive, and it’s an extended 1,400 sq ft bungalow in Cork’s Rochestown that gets better and better with time.
This mid-1990s O’Brien & O’Flynn single-storey home has featured in these pages before, back in 2004 as a 1,000 sq ft buy, guiding €350,000.
It surfaced again in 2010/2011 when its came for a sale after a 400 sq ft, 21’ by 17’ lofty, scene stealing double-aspect rear extension had been added on after its 2004 purchase.
In less frothy times, in 2010 it had an initial asking price for its then-owners of €385,000, and by 2011 it got a change of agents and a €40k price drop to €345,000.
That probably wasn’t enough of a drop for the times that were in it, however, as its only turns up on the Price Register by autumn 2013 at a recorded €304,000 price.
Now, its 2013 purchasers who have a young family are selling No 26 once more, and it’s in great order, and viewers love it, says auctioneer Florence Gabriel of Sherry FitzGerald: she now guides at a mid 2017’s recovery price level of €410,000, and has further open viewings today at noon and again next Thursday at 5pm.
Set up by Garryduff at the top of Clarkes Hill above Mount Oval Village and its shops and services, Foxwood’s been a popular buy for decades now, with a new national school on the doorstep, sports facilities and walks in the woods.
It has a mix of detacheds, semis and bungalows, and No 26 Foxwood Drive has a mix of three bedrooms (one’s en suite), kitchen/diner with kitchen island and black granite tops on ivory units, utility, main bathroom and that great, rear high-ceilinged living room reached from the kitchen via an arch.
It has oak floors, wood-sheeted ceilings, extensive side cladding to two separate garden area and two overhead rooflights.
The rounded extension is book-ended with a gas insert fireplace and, unusually, one of No 26’s two front bedrooms has a gas insert fireplace, while across the hall the master bedroom is en suite.
VERDICT: As appealing to traders-down as to younger bidders, it’s made by the airy proportions of the mid-2000s rear add-on.
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