Tommy Barker reports on a rarity in suburban Cork, a five bedroomed home in Hettyfield, Douglas
Hettyfield, Douglas, Cork - €750,000
A DOWNSIZING move, and towards a seaside bungalow to boot, brings the large, Cork suburban family home called Colville to the open market, for the first time in decades.
The location alone will guarantee lots of curiosity for this 2,200 sq ft detached five-bed is set in mature gardens within a prime stretch of Hettyfield, just off the Well Road in Douglas.
Its owners moved there more than 30 years ago, when their family started to outgrow a semi-d in nearby Endsleigh by Regina Mundi girls school, and the sheer convenience of being able to walk there, as well as to local primary schools, made day-to-day family life that bit easier.
Also close to hand was Douglas Tennis Club, across the Well Road; over time the six children were despatched there also, while the gardens surrounding the house were an ideal play space.
After a few years at Colville, the family added a fifth bedroom to the side/back, enclosing what was originally a balcony, and they later replicated that balcony effect by stretching out a few feet from the added-on bedroom, over to the flat roof of the adjacent garage.
This garage roof balcony creation was railed around to keep it safe, and was used by the two daughters as a sunbathing spot; traces of paint around its edges recall the fun they had when they painted the roofing felt blue, and set it up to look like a swimming pool, complete with painted palm trees... Hettyfield Sur Mer?
With the family nest now emptied, and after the arrival of more than a dozen grandchildren, it’s the wrench of selling on/trading-down time, and Colville is fresh to market with estate agent Timothy Sullivan, who guides at €750,000.
It dates most probably to the 1940s, and has got extra scope for its next owners, and can be extended again in almost any direction thanks to its placing on-site.
It was underpinned and drains were replaced about 10 years ago, while internally it’s almost a blank canvas for renewal, having maintained a lot of its originality.
It’s dated decoratively, and the kitchen/breakfast room is certain to go. It replaced an even earlier, smaller kitchen in a room now sub-divided as a utility room and guest WC, with the original kitchen’s terrazzo floor still in evidence.
Room sizes are good elsewhere, such as the 17’ by 14’ family room with rear garden access via French doors. There’s a fine, double aspect sitting room that’s 22’ by 12’ with bay window, as well as a smaller, c 14’ by 14’ dining room which also has a bay window facing the front entrance drive and gates.
There’s a good core too to Colvile, with its five first floor bedrooms ranged off two landings which split off a mid-level return, one to the back serving two bedrooms, and the front landing links to three further bedrooms.
One to the rear is en suite, another has a wash basin and balcony access, and even the smallest is 12’ by 7’, so it’s more than accommodating as it stands for its next owners.
Quite a few neighbouring Hettyfield homes have had major upgrades, a handful too have seen second houses built in large gardens, and at one stage Colville’s owners had talks with a neighbour about getting a site for a house or two by linking up their garden sections, but in the event they never progressed with it.
One recent 2016 resale was a house called Corrin, which made €650,000 according to the Price Register. Across the road from Colville, an upgraded Hettyfield detached called Glen House made an even €1m a year earlier, and before that another, Glencorran, sold for €655,000, after its vendors hived off a garden portion for a new-build.
VERDICT: Huge scope here, good bones and garden size, and a cracking location to round it all off.
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