With a quiet and lofty setting, you can truly hit the heights at Marianville, writes Tommy Barker.
YOU sort of feel you have Cork city at your feet, in an exalted, and elevated, setting like Marianville’s.
The mid 1900s-built detached home is in a super-quiet setting at Bellvue Park, off Military Hill at St Luke’s Cross, with its country lane-like access road shared with eight or nine other homes, directly opposite the upgraded Ambassador Hotel.
There’s a long garden and path up from the leafy lane to the front of the c1,400sq ft, older style home, which is for sale with a €440,000 price tag quoted by agent Robert O’Keeffe of Irish & European.
He says it’s “located in arguably Cork’s most scenic location,” with a southerly aspect and adds that the size of the garden is unusual in a city setting.
Marianville’s views are down towards the city and far-distant hills on the city’s southside, with the back of what’s now Griffith College, and originally was the Victorian era St Patrick’s Hospital in the nearer frame.
Now likely to need upgrades and further spending, the bright house has two reception rooms, one’s a double about 30’ by 12’ with two tiled fireplaces, kitchen, guest WC, and four bedrooms plus shower room. The dash-finished house with brick entrance surround has gas central heating, and double glazing has been fitted, but gets a lowly G BER.
There’s a lock-up garage by the property’s entrance on the lane, and that little-trafficked access road has a pedestrian link at its city end to the house above at Shrewsbury Villas and the rest of Bellvue Park.
VERDICT: Nearly a country feel on the fringes of St Luke’s well-serviced core.
St Luke’s Cross, Cork
Size: 130 sq m (1,380 sq ft)