Alpine flavour in the suburbs
Igls, Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Cork: €1.4m
The resort of Igls in the Austrian Tyrol, close to Innsbruck, after which the vendors named their house, attracts both summer and winter visitors. The pretty village was home to the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, hosting the natural and artificial luge competitions. These days, 18 acres of skiing bring tourists from all over the world, while in summer the hiking paths on the Patscherkofel mountain are spectacular; one leads to the highest alpine garden in Austria.
This detached Maryborough Hill house in Douglas is named after the alpine resort and stands on half an acre of secluded, mature and impeccably manicured gardens, roughly 3km south of Cork city centre.
The suburb has a population of more than 20,000, but locals say it still has a village feel and, as a residential location, is much favoured by Cork's professional classes.
The name Douglas derives from 'Dubhglas' - meaning a dark stream - a tributary of the River Lee, and the village began to develop as an urban settlement in the 18th century, with the opening of the Donnybrook Mills in 1726. In the later part of the 18th and the 19th centuries, a number of 'big houses' were built in the area, homes for Cork city's merchant princes. These included Maryborough House, now the luxury Maryborough Hotel and Spa, and Mount Vernon, which had one of the earliest examples of a domestic central-heating system in Ireland.
The current owners built Igls around 50 years ago, later adding a substantial two-storey extension to the side, with a substantial refurbishment involving re-wiring and re-plumbing taking place in 2000.
With 327sqm of living space, there is plenty of room for a large family, and the fact that each of the five bedrooms is en-suite will be enough to sell the house almost sight unseen to parents weary of the morning battle for bathroom time that is an inevitable fact of life for families when bathrooms have to be shared.
For the vendors of Igls those busy mornings are a thing of the past so, with their family grown up and gone, they are now down-sizing.
There have been regular upgrades over the years and the condition of the property is immaculate, although new owners may wish to refresh the interior decoration.
The south-facing sunroom/entrance sits in the middle of the front facade, while the kitchen also faces onto the front garden. There is a separate utility room and study alongside, while in an extension to the back is a large dining room overlooking the rear garden and terrace with a fireplace and timber ceiling.
The room is light and bright thanks to an overhead roof light. On the other side of the house are a formal sitting room, a home-office and a split-level lounge, with glass doors at one end opening out to the garden. There is also a ground level room with an adjacent WC that is accessible from the garden but could be incorporated into the house as a sixth bedroom for an au pair, granny or adult child still at home.
Upstairs, the five bedrooms are all en suite and the master bedroom has a dedicated dressing room.
Outside there's plenty of parking space and the garden is fully-enclosed, with pristine lawns surrounded by mature shrubs and trees, overseen by an elevated patio. There is also a fully-lit Crannog pond - it has a thatched roof, to protect its resident population of koi and other fish from predators - located to the side of the driveway.
Douglas Golf Club is within walking distance - its entrance gates can be seen from the front of Igls - making the prospect of a post-round drink or two in the clubhouse an attractive and achievable proposition.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (021) 427 3041
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