Trading up: Magazine Road, Cork €575,000

Almost an oddity in its location, and a rarity too, is the triangular-shaped Loreto House, off Cork city’s Magazine Road.

Trading up: Magazine Road, Cork €575,000

Set near the junction with Hartlands Avenue, it is sort of a hidden home, with its gable front glimpsed like a slice of Battenburg cake, at the end of a 125’ long private drive, where house and site fan out widely at its end, making for a site of over one-third of an acre in all.

As it comes to market with agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs Auctioneers, it’s an interesting proposition: it is a house in an ace location that can be upgraded, or even replaced with one or several more new builds, depending on the interest shown, and the strength of bids.

Offers are being sought close to €575,000, and that’s for a five-bed house of 2,300 sq ft, with side annex under its roof slopes, handy for a range of uses, plus there’s a large garage.

Design-wise, it’s distinctive but dated, and has potential galore, on a private site close to UCC, the Lough, the Bon Secours and CUH hospital, and is a walk to the city centre.

It was first built by a GP, a Dr Kitty Burns, who moved to do voluntary work in Africa years ago, selling her house and original attached surgery to its current owner, who is trading down.

Loreto House has three reception rooms, the largest being 24’ by 12’ across the back, with southerly aspect, has one ground floor bedroom, and four overhead, most with handy closet/walk in robes thanks to the unusual eaves shapes.

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