House of the week: Montenotte, Cork City €450,000

THERE hasn’t been too much new homes provision on one of Cork oldest northside suburbs, Montenotte – which this weekend looks down on three launch nights of live music courtesy of Ed Sheeran at the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh – for quite some time.

House of the week: Montenotte, Cork City €450,000

By Tommy Barker

THERE hasn’t been too much new homes provision on one of Cork oldest northside suburbs, Montenotte – which this weekend looks down on three launch nights of live music courtesy of Ed Sheeran at the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh – for quite some time.

But, that’s about to change.

West Cork-based developers Murnane and O’Shea just recently got planning from Cork City Council to build 41 new homes (they had applied for 44), about 20 of them detacheds, on five acres of elevated Montenotte lands they bought a year ago from the St Dominic’s retreat centre at Ennismore. It will be the first significant scheme since McInerneys built in the grounds of the former Woodlands, Montenotte, nearly 20 years ago.

Meanwhile, this week a company Sorciem has lodged for 18 houses in the grounds of the Honan Home on Lovers Walk, including a couple of detacheds, while niche developer Sean Keohane’s firm Grangefield Developments has an application for 17 homes, in the grounds of the former Arbutus Hotel, referred in March to An Bord Pleanala, with access proposed east of the redone Georgian house itself.

In the interim, and in advance of any further supply, yet another detached home at the niche Merrion Court development, done in an even earlier decade, has come to market. Again.

Listed with estate agent Lawrence Sweeney of Savills is the detached, brick-faced 24 Merrior Court, and it’s priced at €450,000, very much at the upper end of prices achieved here for some time.

That’s because it has had a full revamp in the past few years, after it last changed hands back over five years ago, in 2013, when it transacted at a reported €295,000, according to the Price Register.

Since No 24’s last sale in 2013, the next sale here breached the €300k mark, when No 44 fetched €375,000 in the latter half of 2017 via Tim Sullivan. And, since then, No 30 Merrion Court went to market guiding €410,000 with Sherry Fitz, and that sale is due to close shortly understood to be for about €417,000.

According to Mr Sweeney, “No 24 was was completely renovated in 2014, with new doors, windows, heating, plumbing, bathrooms, kitchen, tiling, electrics, floor, décor, insulation…it’s a new house, almost, nothing to and ready to move into.” The west-facing 1,340 sq ft four-bed, two storey home is indeed in mint condition, and early interest has been strong, says the Savills selling agent who started viewings at 24 this past week.

Key to appeal is the settled feel of Merrion Court, just a couple of kilometres east of the city and St Luke’s Cross, where the Montenotte Hotel (do go check out the gardens) and the Ambassador Hotel have both added to the area’s amenities, backed by a ‘boho’ village feel to the reinvigorated St Luke’s area itself, and there’s also easy access to points further afield via the north ring road a short drive away by Tivoli/Mayfield.

Internally, this home has a 16’ by 12’ front living room with slight window bay, reached via glazed double doors off an L-shaped oak-floored hall, and the living room also continues the flow of oak flooring.

Behind is a smaller (12’ by almost 9’) sitting room with patio doors to a rear garden, and alongside is a light and bright 17’ by 13’ kitchen/dining room, with overhead Velux: this is done with a pale porcelain tiled floor and painted country style units, topped with hardwood and includes a underset ceramic ‘Belfast’ style sink.

There’s a guest WC, and overhead is a main family bathroom, also revamped and upgraded, which serves all four bedrooms as there is no master en suite, while the main bedroom has mirrored sliderobes.

Externally there’s a concrete drive, and front lawn and to the back is a neat garden and patio which gets evening sun.

VERDICT: Fully redone, it’s ready to go, and has a good, solid C2 BER to boot.

Montenotte, Cork City - €450,000

Size: 125 sq m (1,340 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER: C2

Best Feature: Quiet setting

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