Blackrock Rd home looks on bright side

The 19th century, end-of-terrace Ivernia, in Cork’s Ballintemple area, has a large, airy sun room at the front, says Tommy Barker

Blackrock Road, Cork - €650,000

Size: 185 sq m (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

BER: E2

THE occupants of Ivernia, an end-of- terrace period home on Cork city’s Blackrock Road, just east of Ballintemple, have a sizeable porch/sun room at the front of the house, perfectly poised to catch those direct, south-facing rays of sunshine.

It’s a feature more generally seen on the back of houses, terraced or detached, and while it doesn’t fit architecturally with the 200-year age and stature of this three-storey terraced home, it works, given the aspect.

It’s the full width of the Georgian property, about 18’, is 8’ deep and has a sliding door, with twin Veluxes overhead, so makes for the brightest possible access into the c 2,000 sq ft, five-bed home.

It also adds to the overall depth of this home: front to back, in sequence, they span sun room, interconnecting lounge, dining room, breakfast room and, finally, kitchen in a rear extension.

Doors lead one to the other (the core rooms can tend to the dark side, so a new owner will seek to lighten up the decor), with black-and-white check-tiled hall also serving them, to the side, and there’s also a ground-floor WC, and a utility linking to the kitchen.

Ivernia, or No 87, Blackrock Road, has kept much of its period authenticity and features, and, for architecture buffs, the windows across the two-bay facade are notable, and still distinctive in timber.

Most distinctive is the main, wide tripartite sash-window on the first floor and it is repeated on the second floor, and each graces the full-width room within.

Give that those front rooms each have two windows, one a regular sash, the other in three sections, new occupants who don’t need all five bedrooms may seek to make one or the other into a lofty, with-drawing room.

Ivernia is new to market in a proven property hot-spot, where, among the new neighbours to buy, at circa €1.5m, are dynamic business duo, Dan and Linda Kiely, of Voxpro.

Their company made circa €150m, so their just-acquired luxury home is but 1% of their Voxpro sale windfall.

Also selling for a similar, circa €1.5m sum was former TD, Peter Barry’s home, Sherwood, acquired by a next-door neighbour, and it’s likely to be rented out in the short- to medium-term, while other changes are mooted.

Even house sites have changed hands in the vicinity for over €500,000 recently, so it’s quite the neighbourhood to live up to.

Ivernia carries a price tag of €650,000, quoted by Michael O’Donovan, of Savills Cork, and is no scant home it its own right, not by any means.

It’s one of three, similarly designed homes dating to the early 1800s, with those distinctive tripartite windows (next door has traded as a B&B), and book-ends a longer terrace of six homes, some with considerable differences in style and even age.

It has two of its optional bedrooms at mid-level, separated by a bathroom, and three more at the upper-level, with part-sloping ceiling, and each of the two upper-floors has about 370 sq ft shared between the rooms.

Return landings are quite wide and bright, and feature some stained-glass panels

There’s off-street parking for several cars behind electric gates, in the first portion of the front garden, with colourful planting around a patio by the entrance.

There are high, bounding stone walls either side, new-ish to the west/city side, and the next-door terraced home, while the wall on the Blackrock village side is far-older limestone, with the period, detached Rose Lodge (for sale recently for c €1.5m) on large grounds on the other side.

Behind Ivernia is a long-ish and private, mature back-garden, bordered by stone walls and mature hedging, and “you’d find it hard to imagine you are within such close proximity to Cork city, given the peace and quiet this space offers,” says Mr O’Donovan.

The same agent has No 2 Clonard, a period Blackrock Road semi-d, about 1,800 sq ft with similar features, also on the market, more at the city end of the Blackrock Road, near the pending Cleve Hill development.

He launched that in May, also priced at €650,000, and it’s under current offer with Savills at €615,000.

VERDICT: Lots done, especially on the exterior/gardens, but the inside needs some updating now.

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