Dou­glas Road, Cork €550,000

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property -

At least four ‘new’ homes got built in the long gardens of an early 1900s, tim­bered and Tu­dor-es­que Dou­glas Road home called Kedges since the 1980s, most of them for var­i­ous mem­bers of the Cud­more fruiterer fam­ily, be­fore they sold up Kedges and traded down.

And, two years ago, when Kedges once more sold, its last oc­cu­pant also got the chance to build on that ac­com­mo­dat­ing house’s gen­er­ous grounds. Now, one of the hand­ful that cropped up around the late 1980s/early 1990s, a Bride View De­vel­op­ments dormer called Mauch­na­clea, has come up for sale as a Cud­more fam­ily es­tate sale. Lo­cated at the top end of the Rose­bank es­tate, off the main Dou­glas Road, it’s go­ing get a wide cross-sec­tion of view­ings. Listed at €550,0000 with Hugh Mcphillips of Marshs, it’s a qual­ity four-bed home of about 2,000 sq ft, with per­fect south-west rear as­pect to its pa­tio and back gar­den.

It’s on pri­vate grounds, with high walls, and has very good-sized in­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms, with a greater feel of space at ground than at first floor level due to slop­ing ceil­ings un­der the red-tile roof. Re­con­fig­ur­ing the bed­rooms, or adding a break-out bal­cony/ ex­ten­sion, could trans­form its sleep­ing quar­ters. There’s a wide hall plus guest WC, some­what dated kitchen, din­ing room, large util­ity, and sep­a­rate ex­te­rior ac­cess to an an­nexe room, eas­ily re-in­te­grated into the main house.

VERDICT: Small op­tional ex­tra spend­ing could make a large dif­fer­ence to its feel.

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