You’ll find nun better than this red-bricked near Bons

MEDICS, nuns and academics dominate as occupants of some of the finer houses along Cork’s College Road, so who’ll be the next in line for 2, Brookfield Villas?

The solid 1903-built red-brick Edwardian semi-detached house is directly opposite the western entrance to the Bon Secours hospital, on this inner suburban stretch of road in UCC heartland.

The college and private hospital are considerable landlords here in their own right, but every now and then a private buyer sneaks in.

Estate agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs is to test the waters in the case of No 2 Brookfield Villas, a three storey house with south-facing private back garden.

It has planning permission for consulting room/commercial use on its ground floor.

There’s also a valuable permission for a number of car parking spaces, front and back.

No 2 has been owned for the past several decades by a couple of medics, who live very close by.

They are now selling up. The house is to go for public auction on June 12, with an advised minimum value quoted of €850,000. Among the most recent buyers of comparable properties have been the Bon Secours nuns, owners of one of Europe’s largest private hospitals.

A planning notice hangs outside their recent purchase seeking permission for a new three-storey extension for en suite bedrooms, presumably to accommodate junior doctors or other staff.

This semi-detached of some stature has two ground floor reception rooms, with an adaptable kitchenette to the rear, and the two upper floors each have two bedrooms apiece, one fore, the other aft, and each has a bathroom in situ.

The property has always been well kept and so has relatively modern bathrooms.

Recent re-wiring, an alarm and the roof has been redone, while for the purists the fact that the original sash windows have been kept is also a plus.

New owners will further adapt the property, some with an eye to a commercial use, others merely keen on the residential element and location, which is has in spades.

The good news on the wider front is that the city council’s own protracted roadworks on College Road are nearly at an end. Resurfacing work, outside the door of No 2 is due to be completed in jig time.

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