Trading Up: Old Blackrock Road, Cork €275,000 (auction)

There’s one stand out house at next month’s DNG Creedon auction of 44 properties in Cork — and it’s a biggie, even if it’s not quite yet beautiful.

Due under the auction hammer is Maryland, also known as 1 & 1A Knockrea Terrace, an end-terrace house currently split into two dwellings, totalling eight bedrooms.

But, given its location off the Old Blackrock Road by the South Infirmary hospital, and the site’s area 0.345 of an acre, it could stay as two — or revert to one large private home, on an unusually large site a five minute walk from City Hall.

“I have visions of a trophy home here which is totally secluded and private: nobody knows it’s there,” says DNG auction man Shane Finn.

It is tucked away at the end of a lane, but glimpses of it can be had from the South City Link road junction, from Boreenmanna Road, as the site bounds the city’s vital traffic link artery, with a long tree line of mature laurels.

Maryland last came up for sale when in family ownership in the late 1990s, and was offered again in 2005, at €800,000, with hopes held out for possible townhouse sites.

Right now, the site hosts a 20’ speedboat in its grounds, and has big shed/garage.

The house itself is of period era, with some attractive old world features, such as hal parquet flooring, but will require a good deal more spending to return to high comfort levels.

VERDICT: Beside the link, but high above it, the site is a stand-out. Lots of options...


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