Tommy Barker


Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property -

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!

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