Old-world elegance in Cork’s St Lukes

Catherine Shanahan admires a period home in a well-serviced area that’s only minutes from Cork centre.

Radiating old-world elegance, 6 Knocklaun above Cork city’s St Luke’s Cross will draw buyers with a yen for both a period home and city living.

The encaustic tile hallway and ornate plaster arch show previous owners had a grá for an older era, evident throughout the house where original fireplaces are a feature of most rooms, including a fine family room with superb bay window to the front of the house for views (pic above).

Also on the ground floor is a dining room, accessible via bi-fold doors from the living room. A kitchen to the rear has original Victorian red and black floor tiles and subway tiles on the walls give it an edge.

A bathroom with cast iron bath is located on the half-landing, en route to the first floor where new owners will have the option of maintaining an upstairs living room or adding a fourth bedroom. There are two large double bedrooms on the second floor, one running the width of the house. There is a third bedroom on the first floor.

The property is in a terraced cul-de-sac , accessed via steps from Ballyhooly Road where residents can park cars. There’s a small garden to the front and a yard to the rear, so minimal gardening is necessary.

Another Knocklaun home sold recently for €270,000 but €295,000 seems a good price for a house conveniently close to local shops and bars, including an artisan food shop, while still just a short stroll from the city centre.

Old-world elegance in Cork’s St Lukes

Gillian McDonnell of Sherry Fitzgerald says the property is currently under offer at the asking price. 

VERDICT: Affordable period buy.

St Luke’s Cross, Cork.


Size: 148 sq m (1,593 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3/4

Bathrooms: 1

BER: Exempt


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