THE higher up you go at Parkview, the better the south-facing views get out over Cork city, past its evolving docklands and its far distant suburbs: the house, literally, has the city at its feet.
Dating to the 1840s, this venerable Victorian four-story over-basement terraced buy has been earning a good income of late as a B&B, with up to 10 bedrooms mostly over its uppermost levels.
But, the profile of recent sales in this vicinity by Summerhill north and St Luke’s Cross, is of older stock being returned to gentrified private residential uses, with recent arrivals on this hill including architects and UCC academics, with families in tow, smitten by city centre living, and a raft of nearby schools.
Putting the dual-access and lofty Parkview on the market at €475,000, estate agent Andrew Moore say there’s a mix of options now, once in new ownership: it may be an investment buy, a couple might buy and live in portion and run the rest as a guest business (for which he says there’s very strong demand) or, it might go all private.
Now, bar continuing in part-B&B or taking a twist on the Air BnB route, nobody needs 10 bedrooms in a family home. Several of the south-facing front rooms within Parkview have been sub-divided into two, and can be reinstated for some grand-sized receptions or master suites, and most of the services were upgraded in a major refurb around 2000, including gas central heating.
There’s lots of period interior features left too, such as a grey marble fireplace in the first floor 19’ by 15’ drawing room, in conjunction with modern comforts and plumbing for lots of en suites, as well as a good, purposeful kitchen (for breakfast fry-ups) and two well-proportioned reception rooms.
Plus there is a lower-ground level, south-facing conservatory, with a long, sunny garden and path down to a pedestrian access on Summerhill north.
Modern practicalities include a roller shutter door from Wellington Road to an enclosed courtyard with off-street parking for a couple of cars, and, just down the hill is the rail station, the bus station, and MacCurtain Street, which is getting its business mojo back as it rediscovers its own Victorian architectural pedigree.
Like Parkview itself, the hill is on the up and up.