No 3 Grand View Terrace is in mint condition, says Tommy Barker. Pictures: Ted Murphy
Two houses on the same, inner-suburban terrace in Cork have come to market, within three doors of one another, within a week of one another, and there’s €85,000 price difference between them.
Why? Well, they are quite different beasts, that’s why.
No 6 Grand View Terrace, a three-bed mid-terraced on the Victoria Road by Kennedy Park and a five minute walk from City Hall, came first, featuring briefly here last week.
It’s in a great and accessible location, a bit on the tired side internally and G BER-rated, and is guided at €365,000 with agent Timothy Sullivan.
And, now along comes No 3 Grand View Terrace, guided at €450,000 with Michael O’Donovan of Savills. The €85k price differential can be explained by the fact it’s larger, after getting a rear extension, it also has a converted attic that’s fully planning/building regs compliant, and is now a four-bed, of c 1,500 sq ft.
Not only that, it gets a highly impressive B3 BER, not bad for a 140 year old property, and three of its four bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, whilst its condition is mint, inside and out.
It’s the real deal ‘walk-in’ job, a stroll from the city, close to new quayside office jobs, a hop and skip from Kennedy Quay where last weekend’s SeaFest held sway, and close too is current Live at the Marquee site (as it awaits upscale, high-rise residential development, could be a few years left in it yet?) and the future Marina Park to be developed by Cork City Hall next to Páirc Uí Chaoimh is close too.
Arriving into what’s increasingly a property hot spot, and despite a cooled market against the backdrop of economic uncertainty outside our control (hands up who believes Trump’s assertion while in Ireland that Brexit will be bigly good for this country?) No 3 Grand View’s likely to get grand viewings nonetheless: strong locations such as this are holding up well.
Grand View Terrace adjoins similar homes in Woolacombe Place where No 1 sold earlier this year in need of renovation, for €325,000 and with planning just sought for extension. Then, to the north/west are mostly pairs of large, semi-detached three storey Victorian homes, some very large and grand indeed.
The only detached in all of Victoria Road, in the midst of the semis and on an acre with tennis court sold in 2007, for a whopping €2.45 million. Closer to the city, a Victorian semi-d, Rockhurst opposite the restaurant Salt, sold recently via Savills, needing work and it made c €500k, yet to appear on the Price Register.
Savills’ Mr O’Donovan says the 1880s-built , €450k-guided 3 Grand View Terrace is in immaculate condition, which it is, and is freshly redecorated, ready to move furniture into: that’s all it needs.
It has off-street parking for a couple of cars on a short gravel drive, with relocated railings separating it from a front lawn and graveled path to the front door, next to the reception room’s bay window, with double glazed sash windows, and working internal shutters.
That front room has a period era fireplace and off the pale, tiled hall is an extended kitchen/dining room, also tiled, with modern units, and Veluxes over the worktops and island. Double doors open to a paved, enclosed courtyard, with side wall and back wall edged in painted timber decking, and there’s also a utility and guest WC.
Above, there’s an en suite bedroom off the return, two bedrooms (one en suite) to the front, and a main bathroom, while a further stairs leads on to an en suite attic bedroom, which is good sized, with dressing area.
Expecting interest from a range of buyers, including some better-off FTBs, returning Irish and traders-down, Michael O’Donovan bills No 3 as “an ideal city property, in tip top decorative order, positioned in an ultra-convenient location.”
VERDICT: Grand out.
Victoria Road, Cork City
Size: 142 sq m (1,535 sq ft)