Trading up: Model Farm Road, Cork €395,000

Sq m: 209 (2,025 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3
BER rating: D2

Pretty much of its time and era is the 1970s-feel 5 Kenley Road — but it’s a home that will quickly respond to updating flourishes.

This five-bed detached home is just off the Model Farm Road south of Bishopstown and near colleges, hospitals and such-like, and will have huge appeal for families trading up with just over 2,000 sq ft.

Agent Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald guides the two-storey No 5 at €395,000, and says most new owners “will want to put their own stamp on it.”

He’s right, in that there’s lot of dark brown colours, joinery and tiles in evidence, and those hues just aren’t in vogue today. What has stood the test of time though is the useful sizes and rooms shapes — though again an even more open plan layout might also be on the cards, as might more en suite options: right now, though, there’s one en suite and several other bedrooms have wash basins too.

Plusses are site size, with access either side of the house to the back, east-facing garden, and the attached garage has a sunken inspection pit for car and DIY fiends, or maybe even as a cellar for wine buffs.

VERDICT: Good bones, and great location.


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