Say ‘Yes to the Ad­dress’ at neat No 9

Gen­er­ous sites are a hall­mark of the Beau­mont area in Cork’s south sub­urbs and this home at No 9 Dun­dan­ion Road is no ex­cep­tion

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ACOUPLE of the more re­cent house sales around this Dun­dan­ion/beau­mont Cork home saw bun­ga­lows on large gardens and cor­ner sites snapped up for their plot value, each set for de­mo­li­tion and re­place­ment with a small num­ber of new builds. Heck, even the local Spar just got sold, and is due for de­mo­li­tion and re­place­ment by two semi-ds, due to de­mand for homes in this vicin­ity.

That’s not go­ing to be the fate or case here, though at 9 Dun­dan­ion Road; it will be bought solely for its at­trac­tive­ness as it stands, as well as de­tached sta­tus, its lo­ca­tion, rear gar­den as­pect and size, and space.

Now com­ing up on 70 years of age, and set on a slightly slop­ing road above Beau­mont Cres­cent and par­al­lel to Beau­mont Drive, the stand-alone No 9 runs close to 1,700 sq ft, thanks to some mod­est and bright add-ons done by its own­ers for the past 20 years, shortly af­ter they moved in, in their fam­ily rear­ing stages.

Time flies, and chil­dren gain wings; one’s now in Perth and two oth­ers are fledged, so it’s early down­size time, and a life­style move to west Cork for No 9’s own­ers. As a re­sult, No 9’s new to mar­ket with Mal­colm Tyrrell of Co­ha­lan Down­ing, who guides the im­mac­u­late four-bed with west-fac­ing back gardens at €625,000.

This par­tic­u­lar stretch, just off busier roads through Beau­mont, is home to a mix of bun­ga­lows and two-storeys builds, built back in a time of gen­er­ous gardens. No 9’s no dif­fer­ent, com­ing as it does with a printed and painted con­crete drive for

“No 9 runs close to 1,700 sq ft, thanks to some mod­est and bright add-ons done by its own­ers

off-street park­ing for a few cars, at­trac­tive and well-shrubbed front lawn and gar­den, slen­der de­tached garage to the side, and a lovely, pri­vate rear gar­den with ma­ture screen­ing and colour­ful plant­ing.

In fact, the well-sized, west-fac­ing back gar­den was home to a poly­tun­nel for a num­ber of years, shel--

ter­ing be­hind the garage; now, it has been taken back down (gone west?) but there’s still a de­cent raised veg bed, planted up with salad, veg and chard. If the sale goes smoothly and swiftly, new oc­cu­pants could be in res­i­dence here, in time for the last of the 2017 au­tumn har­vest.

One of the ven­dors is an artist, painter, print­maker and ce­ram­i­cist, who re­turned to art school in her fam­ily rear­ing age and as a re­sult all the art and scenes — large and small — hang­ing on the walls of No 9 are by her own hand; she also hand-painted tiles and then smashedthem­re­assem­bling them for a guest bath­room’s fea­ture sink sur­round, de­pict­ing an un­der­wa­ter scene, with golden yel­low koi fish.

Also freshly painted, or at least per­fectly pre­sented, are many of the rooms within, on both lev­els, and this house has two main re­cep­tion rooms to the front, left and right of the cherry wood hall floor.

One re­cep­tion room has a new wood-burn­ing stove (help­ing No 9 get a C2 BER as a re­new­able en­ergy source), with un­usual, lowslung stone cladding by the skirt­ing boards and the other has a dou­ble as­pect, now look­ing through glass to a rear, high-ceilinged sun-room ad­di­tion, off the kitchen/din­ing sec­tion, and has an orig­i­nal wood floor and sec­ond fire­place.

The kitchen, via a side hall past a guest WC, has a dark slate floor, and granite tops up on test-of-time­s­tand­ing kitchen units and dresser/press, in Ir­ish Elm, done by Home­grown Kitchens. If any kitchen de­serves to es­cape the trend for paint­ing wood units, this elm beauty surely is a con­tender to sur­vive as-is?

There’s an ex­tended wood-sheeted vaulted ceil­ing sec­tion over the din­ing table, and ad­ja­cent is a very bright liv­ing space with slop­ing ceil­ing and Velux, and the al­most lean-to sun room opens through French doors to a raised deck, pa­tio and gar­den. All the bound­aries are ma­ture (in­clud­ing a scented white lilac) and there’s prac­ti­cally no over­look­ing.

The more dis­tant rear view in­cludes the ma­ture tree-line of Beau­mont’s pub­lic park by the old quarry and play­ing pitches, and na­tional schools, while Ballintem­ple and Black­rock vil­lages, and the Ma­rina, and Páirc Uí Chaoimh are all within a short walk.

VERDICT: No 9 un­der­states its arty charms.

Dun­dan­ion Road, Beau­mont, Cork €625,000 Size: 157 sq ft (1,680 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 4 Bath­rooms: 3 BER: C2 Best Fea­ture: Tasty buy

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