Jed Niez­goda/ Veni­vidi Pho­tog­ra­phy

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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


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