The best of city living in period home in Victoria Road, Cork City

FANCY living in the city, in a period home, with amenities all on the doorstep, for under €400k? 

The best of city living in period home in Victoria Road, Cork City

Victoria Road, Cork City €385,000

Size: 139 sq m (1,485 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2

BER: F

Look no further than Osborne...the Victorian house, that is, not the ex chancellor of Britain’s Exchequer George Osborne.

A long-time family home, this well-kept three-bay, three-storey Osborne is at the very city end of Cork’s Victoria Road, before the start of the Blackrock Road, near the trendy cafe Salt, a Topaz station, a new deli/coffee outfit has just arrived by the Peace Park/Albert Road, and the Marina beckons a kilometer away, past Kennedy Park and down Central Park Road.

Osborne has just arrived for sale as Cork’s dockland hopes inch their way back downriver too from City Hall.

One Albert Quay’s a bright, shining new light and anchored by Johnson Controls/Tyco, while developer Owen O’Callaghan was last month granted planing by the City Council for an even larger office scheme on Albert Quay, at Navigation House between the bustling Sextant and Idle Hour/Goldberg’s bars.

Set back behind cast iron railings, and with original leaded and stained glass front door panels opening to a hall with encaustic tiling, Osborne itself dates to the late 1890s, and still has kept much of its original Victoria architectural details, notes its selling agent Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co. He guides at €385,000.

Osborne’s own outdoor space includes a long front lawn, and side and rear patio, with side gate access from a side lane: there’s no off-street parking.

In good overall condition, and with gas central heating, this lofty home on the city centre’s edges has a single storey bay window in front, two ground floor reception rooms with original fireplaces and corniced ceilings, interconnecting thanks to sliding double doors, plus a tidy rear kitchen/breakfast room.

The first floor has two bedrooms and a bathroom, with separate WC and the top half dormer floor houses three more bedrooms.

The compromise is that few are of any particularly generous size.

VERDICT: Just a trot to town with parks and the Marina to hand.

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