Period home, perfect location: Cork City €230,000

Location: Victoria Avenue

Period home, perfect location: Cork City €230,000

Built around 1901, the terraced period-era family home Clonard is on Cork City’s Victoria Avenue — and the location alone will send viewers in their droves.

The three-storey, four-bed home, at No 23 between the Old Blackrock Road and the Boreenmanna Road has been owneroccupied for the past 20 or so years, and has all the signs of having been well cared for, lived in and enjoyed — with bookshelves laden with tomes appealing to all ages.

Having reared a family, who’ve now flown the nest, the adults too are following suit, heading for a lifestyle change to Australia, and so it’s new to market with Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald.

Expecting good demand, Ms O’Mahony has lined up open viewings for today, from noon to 1.30pm, as --showing the current pent-up demand --the house that was in this page slot last week, in Ballinlough’s Belmont, had 30 viewings booked in by Tuesday of this week, for an immaculate, redone three-bed guiding €285,000 with agent Jeremy Murphy.

Key to interest in both is almost certainly location, in a well-settled areas within a walk of the city centre and suburban services.

Choices of routes into the city and beyond for anyone looking at 23 Victoria Avenue are the Boreenmanna Road and city link road, the Old Blackrock Road, or Victoria Road and past Kennedy Park towards the Elysian: it’s just a handy location.

There’s only a limited turnover of houses here on Victoria Avenue, as buyers tend to stay on, and those that sell generally find private buyers, who upgrade.

One, owned by an architect and young family, has even set its front garden apart by virtue of having a wildflower ‘meadow’, a blanket-sized blaze of summer colour and interest.

Here at Clonard, the front lawn has just been redone, rolled out anew, the hedge reinvigorated, and a handy space scooped out and screened just inside the gate for a trio of recycling wheelie binsnormally a garish, multi-coloured plastic bane and a blight for those without side access to back gardens or yards.

Clonard has kept much of its older house feel, with some original fireplaces, two reception rooms off the hall, plus rear kitchen/breakfast room in an original annexe, with an oldfashioned lean-to utility beyond again, under a corrugated steel and plastic roof.

This gives access to the long back garden, book-ended by an old limestone wall and mature trees.

Thanks to being tall and three-storeyed, there’s four bedrooms, two per upper floor, one a single, one a double on each level, with a dormer window on the front, and a Velux to the back. Apart from the main bathroom, on the first floor return, there’s a small storage or laundry room as a wee bonus.

Auctioneer Ann O’Mahony says Clonard has been tended and refurbished, but it’s also likely new owners will want to do a bit more to it now to add a bit of extra modernity: the good news is, it should all be fairly an affordable extra, discretionary expenditure.

There’s on-street parking, with residents permits, and internally Clonard has about 1,350 sq ft. Viewing traffic up and down its stairs is likely to be lively today, and just prior to the 12pm start, Sherry FitzGerald also have open viewings (10.30am to 11.30am) at a different type of 1,350 sq ft four-bed, at 1 Manor Rise, Rochestown, which has a €280k guide.

VERDICT: Clean buy, with character, in a popular, older suburban setting.

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