AFTER 30 years in residence, since they got married and with a family reared, the owners of this deceptive Upper Doyle Road dormer called Glenmalure reckon it’s now too big for their needs, and are selling up to move closer to adult offspring. Its next owners may fit the same demographic; buyers looking for a super-convenient Cork southside suburban home in which to rear a brood. Equally, it may be bought as a trading down option from something larger or further afield.
Upper Doyle Road’s one of those quiet roads close to Turners Cross, between Friars Walk and Mount Pleasant Road, near Deerpark and Tory Top Park and local Ballyphehane services and amenities, within an easy walk of the city centre. Selling agent Johnny O’flynn of Sherry Fitzgerald says that “while it’s located in the heart of the city, it has the feel of being in a secluded suburb.”
Adding to the quiet setting is a southfacing back garden, as well-kept as the mid 1900s home itself, and it starts open viewings at 5pm Monday, with further open shows Wednesday and Saturday. It’s confidently expected to be a swift seller.
It follows the arrival of a detached, two storey do-er up on the same stretch of Upper Doyle Road which came to market at €280,000 about a month ago and which has already gone ‘sale agreed’ at an undisclosed higher price, while Glenmalure is priced at €365,000, in walk-in condition and full of charm.
There’s 1,700 sq ft of space within, more than you might guess from the tidy, double-fronted and symmetrical facade. It’s a detached dormer on a quiet suburban road which is characterised by a mix of two-storey semi-ds, two-storey detacheds and bungalows, and the auctioneer says the finish levels are high, as are maintenance standards.
Glenmalure’s a lovely mix of older era home with more modern touches, and has an open, accommodating feel thank to having two of its original reception rooms opened permanently one to the other, front to back.
Both sections have coved ceilings, neutral decor and retained fireplaces, in dark oak, and the front room (with bay window) has a wood-burning stove in its centre, while the back room (with garden access) has an open fireplace, and both rooms have wood floors.
In contrast, the hall has a re-tiled floor in a smart, intricate geometric black and white main pattern with contrasting terracotta tiles around the carpeted stairs. Also at ground level off the hall is a pleasant, quiet retreat set up as a library/study, with bay window to the front of the house, and the original slate, cast iron, and tiled fireplace, complete with yet another wood-burning stove in pride of place. A firelog or two would be enough to cosy it all up of a winter’s eve.
Already, this room currently feels like a clubby gentleman’s library, with bookcases, shelving, leather seats, and writing desk. In case that all sounds very old fashioned, Sherry Fitz’s sales images show it set up for laptops and computer screens: in another family’s hands. this could as easily be a den, play room or TV room.
Out towards the back is a kitchen/dining room, with plain, dark tiled floor and slightly older style oak kitchen units by David Kiely, topped with a pink granite, there’s also a compact island, granite topped, and set in the main run of worktop is an under-mounted sink and a half.
Alongside is the dining section, next to a wide window overlooking the back garden, plus there’s a utility, and a guest WC.
All four of the bedrooms are overhead (none en suite), as is the main family with separate shower, and a bath with feature surround tiling, with a panel depicting a Monet lily scene
Externally, the front drive is in block cobbles for parking, fringed by densely-packed shrubs and low acers in raised brick beds, whilst the back garden is mature and private, with patio, paved paths, irregular-shaped lawn. There’s also a pergola with clematis and wisteria screening a long run of useful steel and corrugated plastic sheds.
VERDICT: Upper Doyle Road — go on, go on, go on!