Investors gallop to 18th century coachhouse

THE time to drive a literal or even metaphorical coach and horses through 13 Marguerita Villas has passed — it is set for a sympathetic renewal.

The former early Georgian coachhouse, reckoned to date to the mid to late 1700s, is in one of Cork's most steeped in history areas, under the shadow of St Fin Barre's Cathedral and near Elizabeth Fort off Barrack Street.

It pre-dates Burges' cathedral one of Cork's city's prettiest architectural confections by a century or so, and even though it is not officially a protected structure, it is likely to be 'minded' now in any planning application for changes.

Derrick Gerety of Andrew Moore and Co is the selling agent, and since it was advertised he has had a week of strong viewings, a mix of architects and romantics, he notes.

And, pleasantly, whatever fears he might have had about a 'knocking' brigade charging through, that hasn't been the case it is being viewed with sympathy and enthusiasm.

It has living rooms above the former stable area, and there's around 1,500 sq ft of space in all, "ripe for imaginative refurbishment," as Mr Gerety says.

Guide price is €200,000-plus, it hasn't been lived in for a number of years and the extensive renovation/refurbishment/conservation costs could be as much again, but the lure is a unique end product with deep historical roots.

Its site is a tight triangle, just off Dean Street and behind the Choristers' House, with a neat terrace of small townhouse next to as neighbours. It may be adapted as simple living space, or may suit for ground floor architects' offices.

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