€375,000 Cork city home has cyclops-like dormer eyerie

Very much in its favour is the ‘day in sun’ that the whole St Luke’s area now enjoys, says Tommy Barker.
€375,000 Cork city home has cyclops-like dormer eyerie

Very much in its favour is the ‘day in sun’ that the whole St Luke’s area now enjoys, says Tommy Barker.

Done, boy!

You can almost imagine the intended ‘Well done,’ uttered in the typically Cork fashion and patois, when the dormer roof and big window went up on top of this St Luke’s home, transforming its already existing attic level to the front.

Dunboy’s a well-sized, c 1,550 sq ft three storey family home, part of Cork city’s Victorian architectural and build heritage, at the lower end of Gardiners Hill, close to St Luke’s Cross.

It comes to market now in somewhat uncertain times, but very much in its favour is the ‘day in sun’ that the whole St Luke’s area has enjoyed in the past few years, as home hunters appreciate the joys of little or no commutes.

Cork city centre’s an easy downhill amble, and a slightly more energising walk back up again: 15 minutes or so healthily should do it, and the Cross itself is pretty well served too for urbanistas.

Also in Dunboy’s favour seems to be the pricing: it’s guided at €375,000, by estate agent John Barry of Frank V Murphy, and that’s attractive for a five-bed, over three floors, with lots of internal and period era distinctions, such as excellent fireplaces, and high ceilings.

The Price Register shows over 50 Gardiners Hill sales in a decade, with a couple of the very best period examples at this bottom end of the hill even topping €500k.)

John Barry says it has been his clients’ family home since their parents acquired it in 1961, and very shortly afterwards the big, dormer was hoisted up on top, most likely done in ’62, just before the introduction of this country’s first Planning Acts in 1963.

Time wise, it’s solidly Victorian, most likely to have been built in the 1860s, so it was already 100 years old when it last changed hands.

Having now been 60 years in the vendor’s family’s hand, it seem like Dunboy’s very much a ‘keeper’.

Set on the left going up Gardiners Hill means Dunboy, or No 46, pretty much faces due east, so you can imagine the brightness of a sunny morning, with views down over the Lee best of all from the top dormer level’s windows.

Right now, its top floor holds two bedrooms, the front one with three window, plus there’s storage, a Velux and attic access, with some further scope, suggests FVM’s John Barry.

The middle level holds three bedrooms and a bathroom, and at ground are two reception rooms, fore and aft, and a tidy, slightly dated kitchen.

As was often the case ‘back in the day,’ the vendor recalls the front sitting room was only kept for good occasions, very exceptional ones, like Christmas Day as an annual treat for children.

The rest of the time, the family, with five children more of less congregated only in the back dining room, next to the kitchen, which is west-facing with back yard access, in an almost voluntary sort of clan cocooning.

Once again, “this house will appeal to a family who are looking to be convenient to the city and who are tired of commuting on a daily basis,” reckons Mr Barry, and it’s not yet under offer.

Overall, he says, No 46 has been very well kept and maintained over the years, but is likely to get further attention.

Already done is a very fresh and modern first floor shower room, fully tiled, replacement uPVC double glazed windows, and a modern gas boiler has been fitted recently too.

The kitchen’s in a small rear extension, and work likely to be done next may include insulation and rewiring, and these can handily be done together if internal insulation is applied, while some remedial works are also likely, plus final redecoration for its next occupants’ own stamp, and the chance to say ‘done, boy.’


Affordable Dunboy’s in a property hot spot.

Gardiner’s Hill St Luke’s Cork


Size: 144 sq m (1,550 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3


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