Blame the excellent location for this Woolhara home’s £750,000 price tag

NEVER before the Issoudun house hit the open market did the jungle drums rumble among the more affluent house hunters in leafy Cork suburbs – but it’s not the state of the house that will selling it is the location and the site, mainly.

Located halfway inside the Woolhara cul de sac estate, next to the main Douglas road, it is in what would be considered one of the best enclaves in the region; the house isn’t bad, or at least it wasn’t bad at all when it was first built, probably around the 1940s, just before or after the war.

Since then, over the decades in the hands of a single family, it has remained fairly faithful to its original layout, and perhaps even its furnishings: its oil burner for the central heating, in a group of outbuildings aft next to what would have been a coal shed, wouldn’t seem out of place in a submarine or in a ship’s furnace – turn it on at your own risk.

Inside, a kitchen mantel hints at a cooker that might once have been there: now there’s the most basic of kitchens in a rear annex, the three very deep main living rooms all have tiled fireplaces , as are many of the bedrooms, the rugs are decades old, the oak staircase is a sturdy in-between.

Issoudun is therefore somewhat frozen in time, with few visible signs of investment or upgrades for years (the windows were replaced at some point by aluminum frames, probably a quarter of a year ago century).

It’s gut work, sure…but, oddly enough, relatively easy.

Anyone who buys will not remove recent additions; there is no conflict in placing the kitchen (as it is) in a dumpster; the windows too, and many more…everything has to go? The back wall too?

Named after an area in central France near the Loire, Issoudun is a 2,700 sq. , and itself has a deep rear garden, to the right now in two sections with an old greenhouse in the other half, and the garden is of a size which can take any extension.

Walkers from ‘The Japs’ behind might have seen very large, contemporary extensions (some with curves) on one or two nearby Woolhara houses in recent years, some most likely doubling in size, but increasing in maturity over the heavily wooded back border saw them all but disappear from view once more, and the rear garden/patio/extension landing platform of Issoudun couldn’t be more private, albeit facing to the East.

It is offered for sale with estate agent Hugh McPhilips of Marshs, who is very familiar with the course of estates (or parks) such as Knockrea and Woolhara in Douglas, or Menloe in Blackrock, etc.) and others, having sold many in his career. , as well as the sale of antiques in these houses over a period of more than 50 years.

Now he’s pulling out some of the same pieces from vintage homes in Issoudon, and older ones, the ultimate in recycling and reuse.

He guides the €750,000 two-storey house which, if located elsewhere, would seem high for a place that needs everything, with a budget that will push an overall outlay closer to €1.5m than 1m €.

There are precedents for this scale of investment in family homes in the Douglas area, including demolitions, but, here at least, it is very likely that the house will be modernized and extended (it has been shored up) as Another Woolhara house, Daingean was, having sold in 2019 for a record €775,000 after a long time on the market.

Issoudun will be a family home for decades for its next occupants, and Mr McPhilips has already taken several steps, including one to buy it off the market, but as it is a real estate sale (several years after the death of the last occupant) is to take the path of private treaties.

VERDICT: Spacious, great site, great outlook, for those on a decent budget.

Richard L. Militello