Cork's Pic du Jer back in vogue thanks to great location

THERE’S been a steady run of sales in Cork’s unusually named Pic du Jer, a network estate of semi-ds built in the mid 1900s in Ballinlough: it’s called after a high, 1,000m peak called Pic du Jer on the edge of Lourdes in France, which can be summited by a 100 year old funicular rail carriage.

Cork's Pic du Jer back in vogue thanks to great location

Cork’s Pic du Jer, or at least the Ballinlough road, is served now by the very busy and very frequent No 15 bus, which shuttles commuters to and from the city centre and Mahon, now a retail and office destination whose success in employment terms is a Cork success story (tho’ Mahon’s traffic is another tale, of woe.)

But, set close enough to walk to Cork city centre, or to Douglas, Pic du Jer is one of those older, inner suburban estates that is very much back in vogue thanks to location and well-bedded down services, and the past five years has seen a steady stream of resales.

Price have jumped up too, from the low through the mid and high €200,000s, and the more modern Pic du Jer Close has had sales at €330k and €370k in the past 18 months.

Now,an old school 28 Pic Du Jer arrival, No 2 or Alverna, has a €320,000 asking price via agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs Auctioneers, and neighbours will be keen to see how it fares.

It’s a quite typical semi-d, gardens front and back with some lovely old apple trees in the rear wedge-shaped garden, and the agents reckon there’s about 1,400 sq ft here, but that includes the attached garage, which is down a few internal steps from the back, L-shaped 19’ by 8’ kitchen, and has a guest WC.

It’s a former family home that has been rented for a bit, and is very clean and well kept, and sort of spans the integrity of the old, original house with some updates, such as double glazing, central heating, and new kitchen and bathroom.

It has reception rooms fore and aft, each about 13’ square, with a small bay window in the front room.

VERDICT: Take your Pic.

Pic du Jer, Cork

Price: €320,000

Size: Sq m 130 (1,400 sq ft inc garage)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


Best Feature: Quiet setting

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