Live the dream at one-off Lough home

Get yourself under Lough and quay, says Tommy Barker.

The Lough, Cork City €185,000

Size: 56 sq m (603 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

BER: N/A

Lap it up! The chance to buy a house right by the waters of the Lough amenity walk, wild-fowl reserve and coarse fishing spot, in a long-established Cork southside suburb, has bobbed onto the market.

Listed with estate agent Darragh Taaffe of Keane Mahony Smith is 20 Lough View Terrace, a well-kept and solidly built house dating to the late 1800s. Being the proud Corkman that he is, he puts it on a location par with buying at London’s Hyde Park, or New York’s Central Park New York, or even Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens!

It’s one of just a small handful of private homes bordering on the outer pedestrian path of the Lough, and it and its ‘other half’ are set down an approach lane from the other 18 houses at Lough View Terrace, off Croaghtamore Square and the Glasheen Road, while the similarly slightly removed Lough Villas homes are reached off the Lough Road by the church.

It’s likely that this duo of houses was built on lands previously occupied by the Hartland family, 19th century growers of daffodil and tulip bulbs, and who came to Cork from Kew in England in the late 1700s. The second generation of Hartland family had nurseries in Mallow, Turners Cross, Temple Hill and at the Lough, with the surname recalled at Hartland’s Avenue just to the west of Lough View Terrace.

KMS say it is “a charming family home, in impeccable condition, in what can only described as a one-off unique city position.” Home to many species of fowl, the four hectare freshwater lake is also a popular walking route, with a distance of c 1.2kms around its outer perimeter, passing the front door of No 2.

Mr Taaffe gets into his own selling stride when he enthuses “wake up to the dawn chorus, stroll around the Lough, prepare for the day mentally, return home, dine al fresco in the enclosed sun-filled, west-facing enclosed private garden... live the dream!”

There’s pedestrian access only (parking is up at Lough View Terrace), UCC is a five minute walk and Cork city centre is 15 to 20 minutes away via Barrack Street.

VERDICT: Get yourself under Lough and quay.

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