Looking for a family home in the city?
In terms of convenience, access to schools and amenities, St Luke’s punches well above its weight as a neighbourhood to put down roots in.
As well as a decent selection of grand old houses, many of which have already been refurbished and redecorated over the years, the area is also home to a primary school, a café, an artisan grocers and a butcher.
You won’t need to travel far for a night out either; St Luke’s boasts a selection of cosy pubs serving top-notch food and a church repurposed as a live music venue. You can even pick up fresh flowers from the octagonal vintage toll booth, built around 1880.
Convinced St Luke’s is for you? Here are three great homes you can view this week:
Kingsville, Wellington Road, St. Lukes
Asking price: €575,000
With six bedrooms and three bathrooms, this elegant 1880s terraced property retains many original features, including pitch pine timber floors, doors, staircase, fireplaces, picture rails, cornicing and original window shutters.
It needs a little work (the fifth bedroom features a kitchenette that you may not need) but Kingsville represents a real opportunity to own a period home just a stone’s throw from town.
The rear south facing garden, complete with enclosed patio accessed via the basement, is a major attraction and the lower part backs onto Summerhill North, with original pedestrian access (not in use at present).
A separate annex to the front of the property could be renovated as a granny flat, au pair accommodation or office space.
11 Magdala Terrace, Gardiners Hill, St. Lukes
Asking price: €340,000
Perched almost at the brow of Gardiners Hill, Magdala Terrace is a 10-minute walk to the City Centre.
Number 11 has been renovated from top and toe and is now a neat three-bedroom home, finished to a superior standard with quality fixtures and fittings. There are two bright reception rooms as well as a generous contemporary fitted kitchen.
A beautifully laid out patio and rear garden are ready and waiting to host your summer barbecues and there is also the benefit of off-street parking, which so many city homes sadly lack.
Dunboy, 46 Gardiners Hill, St. Lukes, Cork City Suburbs
Asking price: €375,000
Frank V Murphy are the selling agents for this unique property, which is bursting with character. A period five-bedroom home dating from the 1860s, Dunboy extends over three levels, offering a generous 144 sqm of living space.
The house retains its original marble fireplaces, cornicing, doors and flooring, but modern PVC double glazed windows and gas fired central heating have already been added too.
The large, romantic windows look out over the mature gardens below. There’s a Velux window in the attic too, where there is potential for further development and an additional shower room.