Victorian semi on top of the city at Brixton Hill

A LUNG-expanding climb from Sunday’s Well Road, via a narrow boreen, leads to a level plateau high above Cork city.

This is Buxton Hill, a bracing south-facing address on the city’s western rim — and a 10-minute walk from town.

And while this enclave on one of the city’s bracelet of hills doesn’t have great accessibility, it has peace and quiet and panoramic views.

There are wide open spaces here, hard to believe in a venerable suburb like this, but the sheer logistics of development have defied all but the Victorians, so far.

Nearby, plans for 200 upper-end units at the Good Shepherd Convent appear stymied by the market downturn, and across the road a country field awaits future schemes. But not quite yet.

Meanwhile, a tall, solid Victorian semi, called Árd na Rí on Buxton Hill, hits the market at e750,000 with Dermot Lynch of James G Coughlan and Associates this week.

Fully south-facing with bay windows running over two floors, this house has a long sloping garden to the front and private parking at the rear. It’s in great condition and is being lived in by a family, but there’s a lot of potential for new owners.

Extended at the back, with a generous kitchen and utility area, the house retains its Victorian grandeur to the front, with 12’ high ceilings, cornicing and those big bays which flood the house with light.

And a UPVC sunroom addition to the ground floor drawing room could go or stay, depending on a purchaser’s stand on symmetry and integrity.

However, the main room is an impressive space with dimensions of 17’ by 17’ and a fine, marble fireplace on the western wall.

The rear of the house has another, smaller reception which is in use as a playroom, and behind it is the large kitchen/ dining room, with separate access to the main driveway.

Gardens are groomed and lovely and there’s pedestrian access at the bottom of a flight of steps to the lower half of Buxton Hill.

Floors one and two have five bedrooms between them, but one is used as a study.

This is the bay-windowed, first floor room which has the makings of a luxurious, master suite and it includes another antique fireplace. A main bathroom is also on this floor and there are three bedrooms overhead, but there’s scope to tweak the plumbing.

Even on a cold, spring morning, this house is cosy and lived in, and as such would be a fine family home.

However, a few extra bob thrown into decor and furniture and this big old house could be a very elegant home indeed.

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