Graceful living in the Crescent

No 15 is a sort of classic updated that stands the test of time. Tommy Barker reports

Graceful living in the Crescent

Anyone looking for a modern Cork city home that thinks outside the box shape should throw an eye over the gracefully curved Crescent.

Already 10 years old, and ageing well, this architect-designed scheme, developed by O’Shea Builders, has always had it devotees.

Now, the asking price on No 15, at 225,000 via REA O’Donoghue Clarke, puts it within reach of those looking for an easy-keep home in the city’s western suburbs.

When launched in 2003, townhouses like this were selling from 375,000 to 390,000, and prices rose to the middle 500,000s by ’06.

It’s all quite a contemporary take on the Victorian terrace, curved or not, and there’s options for a first floor main living-room, or fourth bedroom. It’s all quite an adaptable design, with a white render facade looking into an internal centre garden and brick-fin and glazed finished rear exterior.

Set on the city end of Farranlea Road, No 15 is in spotless condition and like its neighbours has a good mix of private and communal space.

VERDICT: Good, crisp three-storey design, sort of a classic updated, and standing the test of time once you don’t mind climbing a few stairs.

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