WHEN the Broomfield estate in Midleton was first conceived, it was predicated on the arrival of a commuter rail service, on a reopened line from Cork city to Midleton.
That was back in 1996, Broomfield is more or less done and dusted, and Midleton has possibly doubled in size since.
Now, after one of the longest-ever waits for a train — and quite a bit of tumbleweed blowing down the line as well in the interim — the first service is now due, oh, any month.
Slow train coming, indeed, but finally just the ticket for those who bought here on the promise: their now-mature children can use it to get to college in Cork city, perhaps?
Better late than never, it at least avoided any budget cutback which might threaten other multi-promised rail, Luas or Metro lines.
Set to benefit, so, from this service is the large McInerney development of Broomfield (ahem, to refrain a line we wrote here almost a decade and a half ago) and its over 600 houses or so by now, along with the whole other raft of other new house schemes which came its, eh, train.
Up for sale right now is a former detached showhouse, No 1, Redwood Lane, Broomfield, a five-bed home in a cul-de-sac by a green area. Estate agent Michael Pigott of Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan guides it at €415,000, a new-market level price. In fact, the Midleton rail line was so long in coming, the Irish property boom came and went in the interim Example? Another Broomfield showhouse here for sale, a four-bed in Poppyfields which featured in these pages last weekend, has had its price cut by €170k, down to €395,000 from €565,000.
Mr Pigott highly endorses its decor and space, with attention also paid to its landscaping and patio planting. The tall and slender three-storey house is being sold fully furnished, with alarm, carpets and curtains/blinds, and with integrated appliances in the kitchen.
There’s also a dining area, utility, guest WC, a 16’ by 11’ living room with bay window and cast iron fireplace, while overhead on the next two floors are five bedrooms.
There’s a master en suite on the first floor, plus main bathroom and two bedrooms, and then the top level has two more bedrooms, with a further bathroom up here.
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