Is this the belle of them all?

Tommy Barker is charmed by this magnificent Monkstown home that’s been meticulously renovated

Bellevue Terrace, Monkstown, Cork harbour

Price: €550,000

Size: 320 sq m (3,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 6/7

Bathrooms: 2


How many Bellevue Terraces are there in Cork, alone?

At a quick tot, there are Bellevue Terraces in Military Road/St Luke’s Cross, Lower Glanmire Road/Tivoli, and Frankfield in the city and ‘burbs, as well as one inland in Mallow, plus those in obviously glorious, well-aspected harbour settings like Cobh and Youghal.

As lovely as any, and lovelier than some, is Monkstown’s Bellevue Terrace: Belle of them all?

Bellevue Terrace comprises eight fine builds, designed by architect Henry Hill, among a row of up to 20 houses of very varied sizes, layouts and condition, a charming run of period-era homes on the Strand Road, overlooking a wildfowl sanctuary and towards Ringaskiddy, in a sheltered tidal nook of Cork harbour.

In the same, caring family’s hands since 1981 (the home dates to c1830) No 6 Bellevue Terrace is for sale in very good order, with an abundance of family accommodation options, thanks to being three storeys proud, over a sound basement level, with full height canted deep bay window, with a discrete central door access to the front garden.

Estate agent Conor Lynch of James G Coughlan Associates has the period property for sale. He guides it at €550,000 and says it’s on a raised site, has been stylishly and meticulously renovated, with due respect for conservation of its many original period features.

Held on a long lease with 320 year remaining (‘til, say 2335?!) it has on-street parking, a long sandstone path passing a lawn and two patios up to a front door with feature organ fanlight.

Internally it has large, interconnecting reception rooms off a wide hall, plus kitchen to the rear, with timber-beamed ceiling.

The basement has a games room, workshop, bedroom 7 and a shower room.

Once past the main family bathroom on a half landing the first floor has three bedrooms, and the top, dormer attic level has a landing, plus three further bedrooms, with a scattering of fireplaces and wash basins.

There’s a walled-in rear courtyard framed by climbers and vines, with pedestrian access up a short flight of steps to a lane running the length of this long row of Strand Road homes.

VERDICT: Bellevue, indeed.

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