Urban grain at dock home

FOR those who had prepared themselves to live in the promised brave, new shiny world of Cork’s docklands, but now find the time schedule somewhat elongated thanks to an economic, construction, and property meltdown, perhaps the best way forward to that future is via the past.

A summer 2010 market arrival right on the edge of the southern city’s south docks (with grain mills towering behind) is the 2,600 sq ft period home 4, Park View, on Victoria Road.

It is one of the very closest terraces to the city centre and to City Hall, notes estate agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs auctioneers, who has a good deal on offer here for someone who wants city living, and isn’t afraid to roll up the sleeves and get stuck in.

No 4, facing west, is a three-storey, six-bed terraced Victorian house with exposed stone and brick front facade,and has rear communal access to a parking area, with a good sized private back garden, as well as a compact walled-in front garden. The city centre is a short walk away.

It needs a fairly thorough makeover and modernisation, and has been lived in up to recently enough, but is now an executor sale.

Price expectation is around the €285,000 mark, suggests Mr McPhillips, and the current offer is €220,000 – that sum wouldn’t have bought a one-bed apartment in a docklands scheme had the world not fallen apart.

According to the agent, it is “ideally suited as a large family residence or for investment purposes,” and has hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast area, a first floor bathroom, a bedroom on each of the stair returns, and two bedrooms on each full level, making for six in all.

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