Sunday 15 December 2019

Cork's reclaimed Victorian gentility

1 Mount Verdon Terrace €380k

The large living room on the first floor has a marble fireplace and other period features.
The large living room on the first floor has a marble fireplace and other period features.
This Victorian terrace is over three floors with a dormer attic.

Wellington Road on Cork's north side is home to a series of genteel 19th century terraces built for the city's Victorian well-to-do. In recent years many of these lovely old buildings have been converted from offices and flats to be reclaimed as fine family homes.

Among them is Mount Verdon Terrace, about halfway along the street. Number 1, at the start of the terrace, was built in 1835, according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, and has been carefully restored and maintained.

It's sizeable enough - 2,599 sq ft on three storeys with a dormer attic, and has original features including 10ft ceilings in the main rooms, with ceiling roses and cornicing, sash windows with shutters, and marble fireplaces.

There are steps to the front garden (pedestrian entrance only), leading to the front door with a stained glass overlight.

Left of the hall, at the front of the house, there's a dining room with its original marble fireplace, and an archway there leads to the kitchen, where there's a Belfast sink and a centre island. There's also a bathroom and utility on this level.

The first floor has two more reception rooms, both with fireplaces. There's a large living room at the front, and a smaller family room behind it, with a library off it fitted with floor-to-ceiling shelving. This floor also has an office at the turn of the stairs.

Three of the five bedrooms are on the second floor, together with a shower room, and the other two are at attic level, along with a bathroom and study.

The ground floor gives onto a back yard, and from the second floor you reach a lawned garden with a terrace.

Sherry FitzGerald Cork (021) 427 3041 is handling the sale of 1 Mount Verdon Terrace, and the asking price is €380,000.

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