A real standout after updating; modest but in perfect walk-in condition

No 12 The Terrace may be modest but it is in perfect walk-in condition, says Tommy Barker.

A real standout after updating; modest but in perfect walk-in condition


Boreenmanna Road, Cork


No 12 The Terrace may be modest but it is in perfect walk-in condition, says Tommy Barker.

There’s a particular style of terraced townhouse that cropped up on infill sites in and around Cork’s southern suburbs since the 1970s, in spots like Douglas’s Rosebank and Ballincurrig estates, by the Cross Douglas Road, and in and around Blackrock village.

Back then, they were seized upon as ideal trade down homes, in almost a first wave of such property market mobility and fluidity. And, guess what? That niche identified back then (old, cold houses and the ‘70s oil crisis may have prompted older folks’ thoughts of upping their creature comfort factor in advancing years?!) has only multiplied in the ensuing decades.

There’s such a demand right now for modest sized trade-down options in all Irish towns and cities, and still precious little stock to suit: it doesn’t alway have to be the ubiquitous, ‘one-size fits all’ semi-d.

Whenever any of this ilk came for resale in Cork, a lot of buyer/bidder demand came from this natural age/stage of life cohort, but in most cases, the examples of the townhouses which did come along, often needed updates themselves.

Some had barely changed, in fact, since the ‘70s and ‘80s, they’d just done the simple accommodating job they’d been asked and tasked to do. Not so in the case of No 12 The Terrace, on the southside’s Crab Lane: it has moved with the times.

It’s been worked on already by its younger owners, and updated, with a compact but bright heavily glazed rear add-on, rising upwards slightly to its back wall of extra-tall glass/sliding doors.

Apart from this slight architectural edge (in contrast to faux Georgian multi-pane windows in front?) it’s also had oak flooring put in at the ground level and has been replumbed, rewired and has a more modern kitchen, tucked away by the new, west-aspected family/playroom.

It’s now for sale, listed at €335,000 by estate agent Kevin O’Sullivan of Barry Auctioneers, who sizes it up as a comfortable 102 sq m/c1,100 sq ft home now, with three first floor bedrooms and a main, modernised bathroom with mosaic-style tiling.

No 12 has a private back garden with rear pedestrian access and a garage. It’s set right next door to the popular national school on the narrow Crab Lane, which connects Boreenmanna Road to the Blackrock Road, on the city side of Ballintemple, within a walk of the city centre, and on several bus routes as well.

Now D2 BER rated, and said to be in walk-in condition, there’s a chance the ‘expected’ target market of traders down might even get bidding competition from singles, couples, FTBs and even, possibly, investors.


If there were 50 suburban Cork houses of this enduring niche size and mews/townhouse type, they’d sell on in a steady progression. To have No 12 in such good shape, and a bit larger now too, makes this quite a stand-out, yet modest, south suburbs sales proposition.

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