THERE’S a feel of two different eras at Marlfield, a four-bed semi-detached home in Ballincurrig Park, just off Cork’s Douglas Road. Dating to the 1950s, this inviting home on neat gardens with extra space to the side giving it additional floor area, has a lovely, old-fashioned feel to its interconnecting original reception rooms, which run front to back, with extra-high ceilings, picture rails, marble fireplace (gas insert) and carpeting.
Out back, it turns into a more contemporary property, thanks to a bright ground-floor extension and an updated, modest-sized kitchen with white units and worktops in a mix of hardwood and creamy stone.
The kitchen’s bright, thanks to a side wall window facing south, and has a sleek Marmoleum floor finish, which changes then to timber in the sun-room/family lounge addition. This is a fine, squareshaped room with attractive garden views through its twin sliding floor to ceiling hardwood framed glazed doors; it’s all so inviting it’s a place you’d hardly want to leave, even given all the space in the other two receptions.
Alongside is a utility with garden access, as well as a spacious ground-floor bathroom with WC and wet-room style shower, all nicely tiled, and there’s also access to the front/side of the house via a side/back door to the cobblelock drive for off-street parking.
Condition is immaculate in both the old and new sections.the layout is just that bit different too, thanks to the wing and a deep porch entrance with feature arched window as part of the front facade’s asymmetrical window positionings.
Marlfield, aka No 18 Ballincurrig, reverts more to character as you ascend the stairs, which take a turn around the side annexe. Overhead are four bedrooms, one with basin, and two are good-sized doubles, while the other two are large singles, or could squeeze in a double bed. And, as downstairs, the ceilings seem to have that extra bit of height as well, compared to more standard semis.
There’s a main family bathroom with bath and overhead shower, but no en suites, but a buyer could annexe one of the smaller of the four bedrooms for back-up purposes?.
Marlfield is a fresh listing with estate agent Florence Gabriel of Sherry Fitzgerald who enthuses about its sale possibilities given its ‘Triple ‘L’ location, condition, its overall space, beautifully-planted back garden, which is mostly east facing and, really, just its relaxed atmosphere. She guides at €425,000: that’s probably going to be comfortably exceeded.
The last two very recent sales agreed in sought-after, cul de sac Ballincurrig, were of corner-set homes in more original and unextended condition. No 22 made €350,000 with Casey & Kingston. No 12 topped €390,000 via agent James Crowley. Both were snapped up within weeks of going to market.
Marlfield’s a walk-in prospect, facing west towards Rosebank Estate with a strip of green running along the length dividing both estates, and is within a walk of the city centre, as well as being near schools, sports facilities and swimming pool, and the longestablished Briar Rose, next door to where a former Spar shop by a pharmacy and bookmakers is to re-open as an Iceland frozen food store.
There’s a particularly good mix of house designs in Ballincurrig: most are semis and many have had major extensions added on after re-sales in the past 15 years, so some are very substantial. There’s also a cluster of townhouses, Orchard Close, built in the former long gardens of a period home called Villa Franca, a tall Ballincurrig property with secondary access onto the main Douglas Road which was converted back to private residential use in the past two years, after decades of use as offices. (The original Ballincurrig House was on the South Douglas road, near the former Texaco filling station.)
Ballincurrig Park’s houses have been built around in a block layout, but gardens are mostly big enough, and now mature enough, so as to minimise overlooking. About a dozen share the look and extra features as Marlfield has, with front/side porches, slit windows, arches, and extra design touches which were uncommon, even when built. VERDICT: Only leaving family hands for the first time in decades, No 18, ‘Marlfield’, is going to be hotly pursued.