This a hidden charmer in Strawberry Hill, Cork

This two-storey property was built in the mid 1950s, and so will be newer than many of the neighbouring homes, and it has an elevated deck, facing south. 

This a hidden charmer in Strawberry Hill, Cork

3 Soho Terrace, Shanakiel, Cork €295,000

Size: 158 sq m (1,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

BER: D2

New York has a bustling Soho, London has its Soho entertainment district, and Cork city centre has a bar/restaurant with a lofty roof-top BBQ terrace called Soho, right on Grand Parade.... but despite being elevated above Cork city’s suburbs, Shanakiel’s Soho Terrace is an altogether more low-key affair.

Set just off Strawberry Hill above Sunday’s Well, and below Blarney Street amid runs of various-sized terraced neighbours, No 3 Soho Terrace is on the city end of Rope Walk and is fresh to market with estate agent Sean McCarthy of ERA Downey McCarthy; he guides this larger than expected and upgraded 1,700 sq ft, five-bed home at €295,000 (the smaller adjoining No 4 sold in 2014 for €155,000.)

It’s sort of a hidden world up on this hillside by Rope Walk: you don’t really chance upon Soho Terrace, you have to watch out for it when navigating steep Strawberry Hill, and negotiate your way along the narrows of Rope Walk, with its houses to the south and on-street car parking on the opposite side.

Here, before a turn into Shanakiel Court and entered via an arch and gateway into a rear courtyard with stores, No 3 Soho Terrace appears in good overall shape, with three reception rooms, recently added kitchen and has up to five bedrooms, with lovely city and Sunday’s Well area views to the south over mature trees and rooftops.

ERA auctioneer Sean McCarthy says the two-storey property was built in the mid 1950s, and so will be newer than many of the neighbouring homes, and it has an elevated deck, facing south.

Although it doesn’t have much of a garden, there is a potting shed for the green-fingered.

It’s within a walk of the city centre, either via Blarney Street or Sunday’s Well, and also a stroll downhill is UCC, and Fitzgerald’s Park, via the Mardyke.

VERDICT: Strawberry Hill for ever.

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