Home with a re­newed sunny dis­po­si­tion

Árd na Gréine in Cork’s de­sir­able Dou­glas Vil­lage has been ex­tended and com­pletely done up, writes Tommy Barker

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ALL done up in the past three years, and ex­tended too, since it last sold as a doe-er up, is Árd na Gréine, in what’s al­most a hide­away park in the heart of Cork’s Dou­glas vil­lage.

The sin­gle-storey bun­ga­low, now with at­tached side garage con­verted and its front gar­den opened up for park­ing, is in the block­shaped cul de sac of Dou­glas Lawn, 250 me­tres from the Finger­post, near the church and old bridge by the start of Carrs Hill and also near Mary­bor­ough Hill.

It’s fresh-look­ing in­side and out, and is fresh to mar­ket with es­tate agent Je- remy Mur­phy who guides the now-1,300 sq ft three­bed, two-bath home at €380,000. It last sold in 2014, in a more orig­i­nal state (when painted dark blue ex- ter­nally) for €210,000, ac­cord­ing to the Price Register.

But it’s a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion now, larger too, with big­ger porch en­trance, reroofed with a den and over­head Velux, with high­qual­ity new coun­try-style, high-ceilinged kitchen with thick mar­ble work­tops and painted wood units, and one of its two re­done bath­rooms is heated un­der­floor.

One has a shower, the other has a sep­a­rate shower and cor­ner bath, and both are ex­ten­sively tiled.

The liv­ing/din­ing/ kitchen is long and largely open-plan, with a fea­ture wood-burn­ing stove set mid­way up a stone-built chim­ney breast, with log store un­der­neath, and there’s also an open play space.

The oc­cu­pants also cre­ated play spa­ces out­side for chil­dren, with climb­ing frame, tree­house, and tram­po­line in the back gar­den, where there’s also an above­s­tandard tim­ber-clad shed.

Jeremy Mur­phy says it’s an ideal fam­ily home, near schools and all ameni­ties, but would-be fam­ily buy­ers may also face com­pe­ti­tion from traders-down, and from bet­ter-off first-time Buy­ers too.

VER­DICT: Sunny dis­po­si­tion at Árd na Gréine.

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