THERE’S more than a touch of old world elegance to Summerhill North, in Cork city’s St Luke’s Cross: in fact, the regentrification of the area hit a high note on Sunday last, when soprano Cara O’Sullivan wrapped up a few weeks of musical performances in the adjacent St Luke’s former church building almost across the street, in view and almost within earshot from No 72.
Now, the period era semi-detached house in this old suburban hinterland, a five-10 minute walk to the city centre is for sale, listed with agent Gillian McDonnell of Sherry FitzGerald who describes it as an attractive, older-world townhouse.
It’s been home for the last 20 years or so to a French woman, who’s now selling as St Luke’s reclaims its bohemian credentials, and among the several recent sales along this strip of Summerhill north linking back down to McCurtain Street are buyers with art, architecture and academic backgrounds: in a sense, so, same as it ever was.
Dating back to an earlier century, No 72 has c 1,860 sq ft of accommodation over three levels holding four bedrooms, of which one is en suite.
Many of its neighbours along this stretch are terraced, so being semi-detached is a bonus, and there’s only a handful of detacheds here. One, the fine and very old Verdon House, sold for €550,000 in mid-slump, 2011.
It really is handy city living here, with a south/east facing front garden leading up to the side hall entrance.
Behind is a tiered yard with whitewashed walls, and a gate to a rear lane where residents can park, with permit, and this back entry allows swift access up to the shops and amenities at St Luke’s Cross itself.
Main ‘posh’ entry is via a wrought iron gate onto Summerhill North, up a few steps and a longer path to the front door, by colourfully planted gardens that right now include red hot pokers, in all their lurid glories.
Inside, there’s an outer/side hall (with painted stone walls) and inner hall through an arch, and there’s a front reception room off, with two tall windows (no sashes, unfortunately, it has pvc tilt and turn windows) but retained feature do include fireplaces, doors and ceiling rose and coving.
Behind is a kitchen/dining room, next to a utility/pantry with tiled floors, plus there’s a guest WC.
Ceiling heights throughout are high, landings are spacious, and the four bedrooms are over its top two levels, one with en suite and the main bathroom has a cast iron bath.
Convenience and character.