Arundel is a Georgian city delight

SOME houses have hidden depths: Arundel goes the opposite route, it has splendid shallows.

Shallow doesn’t really fit either, slender is a more appropriate description for this three-storey, double fronted and one-room (c 23’) deep family home.

Setting is on Cork’s Blackrock Road, just east of Barrington’s Avenue, and the mid-terraced Georgian home has an alluring €750,000-plus price guide quoted by estate agent Noelle Morrison, who is surely erring on the side of caution given the location.

It hits so many of the right trading-up buttons for the right buyers, of which there will be plenty. It has space, about 2,000 sq ft of it, with period charm and bright rooms, and a distinctive curved bay at the rear over each of the three levels.

Additionally, it has off-street parking for several cars, is set back off the relatively busy suburban road, and it has a very long and mature back garden.

“Because the house is really only one room deep, the rooms have double aspect and are flooded with light from front to back, there really isn’t a bad room in the whole place,” she enthuses.

And, Arundel (named after the seat of the Duke of Norfolk) has that ‘badge of class:’ a first floor drawing room.

“You can sit down and get cosy with a cup of coffee and a book or a magazine upstairs, and just ignore the kitchen and what’s going on downstairs,” says Ms Morrison, hitting just the right notes for today’s stressed out buyers.

Arundel is a handy autumn market arrival, coming at a time when much of Blackrock’s older housing stock is changing hands at €1 million-plus, so given its relative affordability in this setting viewings will be strong.

Rooms at ground level include, to the left of the hall, a 23’ by 15’ family/dining room with old pine floor, window shutters and slate fireplace, on the other side of the hall is a 24’ by narrower 9’ 6” kitchen/dining room, with utility off, and the first floor level has a drawing room with original fireplace, dual aspect and garden views, bedroom and bathroom (there’s a WC on the return) and the top floor has a fine large master bedrooms with built-ins, two other bedrooms and a small nursery/box room. Windows are original up and down sash, timber with slender glazing bars adding to the authenticity, and comfort levels are raised by oil-fired heating.

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