well launched €545,000 period Cork house is picture pretty
The Landscape View was painted 270 years ago by artist John Butts in the much-loved View of Cork City from Audley Place, now in the care of the Crawford Art Gallery since 2005. It is one of the most popular works in the entire collection. , and the fictionalized topography hasn’t changed much in the meantime.
The same Bell’s Field set has played a starring role in The Young Offenders on more than one occasion and was the scene of a particularly awkward teenage change/kiss scene between Conor and Linda (Alex Murphy and Demi Isaac Oviawe in real life). Fans will visit, and locals and visitors relax, sit, and even move around with Cork’s panoply before them from this elevated perch.
No 2 Audley Place hits the market in April, with an AMV of €545,000 quoted by estate agent Patricia Stokes, and is something of a period piece in its own right, mid-terrace with – mostly – private rear gardens, with gated access for residents of the terrace on Old Youghal Road.
The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage describes Audley Place as “a fine terrace of elegant mid-19th century houses, designed with classical symmetry underlined by the fine Doric door surrounds”, noting that it was built as a terrace new: perhaps has been extended? , for there are 11 in all, with Nos. 10 and 11 being the largest and double-fronted. They share similar features, such as square-headed door surrounds, molded plaster window surrounds, stone sills, and six-over-six wooden sliding sash windows.
Trish Stokes checks the name of period trim details such as baseboards, doors, architraves, fireplaces, cornices and picture rails, as well as high ceilings, and says the layout is adaptable, with a possibility four or five bedrooms and accommodation on three floors, with skylights at the top.
Double doors lead to a kitchen with slate flooring, done by the current owners with oversized heavy slate and freestanding antique units, Belfast ceramic sink and large old cast iron cooker, with old meat hooks on the ceiling .
No 2 has gas central heating and a number of old style Victorian cast iron radiators; as the terrace houses are protected structures, there is no need for BER.
For future buyers, they will be attracted by the originality and feel, but will probably have to spend more at some point. How much extra work, and when, may be discretionary for those looking for an older townhouse, with very high price results currently seen in similar highly accessible locations such as St Luke’s, Mardyke, North Mall, Victoria Road , and the Sunday well.