Laurel Bank period home in Montenotte overlooks Cork Marina

Tommy Barker admires a home that’s been enjoying a southerly vista for 200 years.

Laurel Bank period home in Montenotte overlooks Cork Marina

Having sold the childhood home of Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, estate agent Sherry FitzGerald now have the house next door for sale.

Just listed this month is the large, semi-detached 1800s-built period home called Laurel Bank, or No 7, Lower Montenotte Road, and it stretches to 3,500 sq ft, over four floors of relative grandeur, facing south over the Lee and the Marina.

Agents Ann O’Mahony and Gillian McDonnell guide at €480,000, and say it’s a great example of period home appeal, in an old city suburb with lofty views.

Back in February 2015 they put Beaumont, aka No 6 Lower Montenotte Road for sale, guiding €510,000, and it sold for c€475,000.

It’s now likely that some of those who viewed the family home No 6 will come for the mirror image No 7, equally large, but for sale all emptied out and needing some decorative work at least, as there’s evidence of some damp/water damage in several rooms.

Coming up on 200 year of age, its in remarkable condition and ticks all the boxes of locations, aspect, views and four floors of space on very private grounds reached through discrete pedestrian gates to its front door, although all the main rooms with tall windows are on the other, ‘rear’ aspect for sun and vistas.

It’s BER-exempt as it’s a protected structure, and many of its internal feature are intact.

These include ceiling plasterwork, fireplaces, the fine staircase and arched landing window, and many of the windows are original timber sash, though a number in the tall, southern elevation are pvc replacements.

VERDICT: Set to fly

Montenotte, Cork


Size: 352 sq m (3,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 3

BER: Exempt

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