What sites to behold on Blackrock Road

There’s a dearth of house sites left in Cork’s affluent suburbs. It’s conquer and divide, says Tommy Barker.

Not one, not two, but three well-set suburban Cork sites, in absolutely prime locations, are fresh to the 2018 market for upwardly mobile home hunters, and aspiring builders.

Two involve knock-downs; and one site has planning for two replacement, side-by-side, houses.

And, the third (pic, above)is an absolute plum, the chance to build in the flat, level, mature and utterly private front garden of an existing detached home, at the city end of the Blackrock Road.

This latter site, just listed on-line this week, is at Ashton Park, close to Ashton secondary school and the extensive SMA grounds along the Blackrock Road (now, that’s some ground!), where a cul de sac lane leads to just about a half dozen detached homes, plus two early 1970s three-storey blocks, each of six apartments.

Here, at the far end, a rare-sized site of 0.3 of an acre is for sale with a €475,000 price guide with estate agent Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co, with full planning for a Jack Coughlan Associates-designed 2,700 sq ft new, four/five bed build.

It’s ready to go, with an approach lane proposed along the side of Ashton Park House, and will be sited in front of/south of Ashton Park House, looking towards the Boreenmanna Road and near O’Flynn Construction’s Belfield development.

It’s within an easy, on-the-flat walk of the city centre, and the current garden/site’s so pristine and well-planted, it would be great to be able to helicopter ‘drop’ a new building onto it - so as not to sully the lawns.

Meanwhile, on the Boreenmanna Road proper, agent Tim Sullivan has a semi-detached bungalow, set behind a high, new stone wall put in place after road widening a few years ago.

The name, The Orchard, is displayed on retained old steel gates, and the ‘knock and replace’ project (to a cube/box home design by Dennehy & Dennehy architects) has a precedent just around the corner, on Crab Lane. There, another bungalow semi was bought, removed and a detached installed, making the ‘other half’ bungalow a detached in the same process.

The Boreenmanna Road’s The Orchard site is 0.142 of an acre, and the planning is for a 2,700 sq ft detached, flat roofed new build. A handful of other architect-designed one-offs are also slowly coming into the area, around the GAA’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and by exclusive homes well set back off the Blackrock Road, continuing a trend of garden infill established over the past 20 years.

Continuing too, on the Well Road close to Douglas village, joint agents Casey & Kingston and Behan Irwin Gosling have a site for two red-brick detacheds, to replace an existing bungalow called Inish.

They guide at €700,000 for the twin sites by the tennis club, and planning was granted a year ago for three-storey, five beds of 2,700 sq ft each.

Right next door, Savills got €950,000 for a modern, c 2005-built 3,000 sq ft called Lugano, while also in the same Well Road hinterland a new, detached is being prominently built, in the front garden, of the very elegant Edwardian home called Ellerslie, which sold in 20016 (minus its garden site) for a reported €1.5 million.

 A site was previously taken off Ellerslie’s grounds already, by previous owners, back in the 1970s, accessed from the lane off Woodview.

And, at a time of some current mid-market property wobbles outside of the Dubln region, there’s very clear evidence of the select wealth available for prime sites, again at Woodview, off the Well Road. 

Here, a 1920s house called Curraghbeg on 1.5 acres and which sold in 2015 for €2.4 million has been flattened, with a 10,000 sq ft two/three storey replacement family home currently under construction on its grounds.

VERDICT: Clearly, there are no cheap one-off house s1ites left in Cork’s more affluent suburbs.

Cork City

Price: €345,000/465,000/€700,000 Sites


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