Glasheen House of the Week is exactly what the doctor ordered

Glasheen, Liege

€725,000

Cut

228 m² (2454 square feet)

Bedrooms

5

Bathrooms

3

BER

F

Have you ever wondered what is hidden behind the high wall that runs along Glasheen Road in Cork, on the other side of the famous Flannery’s pub?

The answer is Mogeely, a spellbinding old-world house, tucked away behind a wall and trees and a row of eight contemporary townhouses, Mogeely Mews, off the steep School Avenue.

Glasheen is a bit like that, a mix of more established semi-finished three- and four-bed developments with decent front and rear gardens and lovely green space; pretty terraced houses along Glasheen Road; housing with a unique history like Wellington Square, built in the 1800s to house army officers, and some more contemporary houses.

And then there are the one-offs, houses like this, on lots the size of which would be impossible for an individual to buy today, either because they are simply not so near the city center, or if they did, the cost would in all likelihood be prohibitive for anyone other than a developer.

Gardens of Mogeely
Gardens of Mogeely

So it’s all good for the Mogeely buyer, a beautiful home that will bring in even more with the update.

Its gardens are magnificent; they have just the right aspect – south and west – and the whole grounds are 0.7 acres, surrounded by original orchard-style stone walls.

Truth be told, even more land came with it at some point, probably the bones of an acre, until some were sold and developed to build Mogeely Mews in the 1990s.

Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald is selling this lovely home and knows a bit about its history. It was a doctor’s house at one time and a flat-roofed extension – slightly at odds with the rest of the building – was where he had surgery.

There are plenty of other rooms next to it and a new owner might consider adjusting the layout to make better use of the space, although it’s in good enough condition for a buyer to move in and get a feel for. location before making changes. Insulation upgrades will be needed to get a better rating than its current “F” rating.

As it stands, the kitchen is separated by steps from a breakfast room which is in turn separated from the formal dining room.

Kitchen with adjacent solarium
Kitchen with adjacent solarium
Steps to breakfast room from kitchen
Steps to breakfast room from kitchen
Formal dining room
Formal dining room

These three rooms are one behind the other, so it would make more sense to have an open plan approach.

West-facing veranda
West-facing veranda

A west facing conservatory/veranda to the side of the breakfast room could also be incorporated.

Or/and a laundry room behind the kitchen.

A living room with a large bay window on the other side of the entrance hall overlooks the front garden.

bay window
bay window
The living room
The living room

Behind is the back hallway, which separates it from a sort of downstairs suite which has a generous en-suite bedroom and a separate study (could be a home office/kids den/bathroom games).

Study
Study

A newly refurbished shower room is to the rear of the entrance hall. The main entrance and the side entrance have attractive glass porches.

The floor houses the other four bedrooms and the main bathroom.

Mr O’Flynn describes Mogeely, which he markets with an AMV of €725,000, as a “true hidden gem”. He’s not wrong.

“It has a nice energy,” he says, adding that the setting is “magnificent, in lovely mature gardens.”

Of course, it has some fabulous trees and shrubs, like the magnolia, whose exquisite blooms are beginning to fade right now.

There is also a superb outdoor seating area, under a pergola, and long stretches of lawn.

Location wise, 228m², Mogeely is also convenient for major medical and academic institutions – University Hospital Cork, Bon Secours Hospital, University College Cork and Munster University of Technology are all at hand.

From the city center it’s about half an hour on foot.

All told, Mogeely has what it takes and more to be a dream family home, close to Glasheen National School and an abundance of high schools/retail/amenities close to Bishopstown/ Wilton.

Glasheen, Cork €725,000 Size: 228m² Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 BER: F Mr O’Flynn says interest is strong and the buyer profile is that of families looking to swap.

VERDICT: There is a lifelong appeal to this Glasheen Road property. One to treasure for a lucky buyer.

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