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opment of big, tall detached houses there. Jamesmont was developed on lands by Garryduff, in Rochestown/monfieldstown, by Jim Butler, of Butler Construction, on his family-owned lands, which ran over much of this elevated Rochestown hill and back down towards Monastery Hill, to the east.
Entered by Belmont and Carmen Lawn, by Eyrecourt and Garryduff Sport Centre, near the now traffic-lit junction with the top of Clarke’s Hill, Jamesmont is comprised of 20 detached homes in a cul de sac, on a good-sized site, and pretty much all of the neighbours have landscaped extensively, so now there’s a lovely, leafy, arboreal feel.
This lends maturity and privacy to the homes, several of which, like No 9, have continued to evolve with extensions and alterations.
There’s only been a handful of resales here in the past decadeplus, and No 6 sold in 2015 for a reported €640,000.
In early 2016, three new, 2,500 sq ft builds, called Williams Court, were launched via DNG Creedon, priced from €600,000: the Price Register shows sales of No 1 at €528,000, and of No 3 at €572,000, in 2016.
Now, the fully realised No 9, Jamesmont is on the market for €720,000, via estate agent, Barry Smith, of James G Coughlan Associates: he rightly raves about its finishes and look and accommodation and comforts, and takes an almost parental pride in it. He has already started viewings.
Warning: the standard of presentation is so high, it might well depress some coming to look, who’ll go back dejected to (possibly) lesser living conditions. Barrysmithslagstheownerabout her meticulousness, but there is some evidence, and she says the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of tidying and touch-ups, since they decided, suddenly, to sell, move, and start again.
The woman of the house gives generous acknowledgement of the input of interior designer, Sara Murphy, in helping to source particular items and in assisting with the overall look in what was a very collaborative project.
Interior-wise, an individual tone is set in the hall, with a well-conceived, calm wallpaper, which has horizontal stripes. It covers all walls, and a side panel under the stair, and it goes up the stairwell and up to, and around, the firstfloor landing, giving a sense of continuity, and appears quite masterfully pasted and matched. It weaves its banded way around architraves, switches, and a hall/console table, a handy piece of furniture that also serves as a radiator cover, with all-but concealed sockets and switches, as well.
Attention to finish “is almost off-the-scale,” says Barry Smith, vouching that the owners were “fastidious in making sure nothing has escaped receiving the utmost in attention to detail.”
They reworked some of the original ground-floor layout and rooms, adding a side sunroom, opening through to the kitchen/ dining room, with a Velux overhead in a solid ceiling slope to
Jamesmont, Rochestown, Cork
Size: 269 sq m (2,900 sq ft) Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4