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Tiny historic lodge has both thin and thick end of the wedge

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YOU get the thin end of the wedge, but also the slightly thicker end of it too, at the angular, end of the line period era 17 Charlemont Terrace on Cork city’s Wellington Road near on-trend St Luke’s Cross.

Slice of grandeur? No 17 was occupied by a coachman/gatekeeper according to the 1901 Census

Listed with a €175,000 AMV via agent Fiona Waldron of Auctioneera is the tiny c 430 sq ft/40 sq m two-storey, odd-shaped end to a long run of large, 19th century three-storey homes.

Get the point? Kitchen narrows towards the back of the wedge
Get the point? Kitchen narrows towards the back of the wedge

Listed in the 1901 census as a coachman/gatekeeper’s home, it’s by Charlemont Terrace’s entry point off Wellington Road: the road up from Sidney Place to St Luke’s Cross was originally called Mount Verdon, and developed during the 1800s and comprises a mix of villas and terraces ranging from Georgian to Victorian, and now being regentrified all over again after several mid 20th century decades as bedsit land.

Living room straight inside the front door
Living room straight inside the front door

Ms Waldron says No 17 Charlemont Terrace  likely dates to 1860, and is entered straight into its c 11′ by 10′ living room on the gable end, with kitchen narrowing almost to a point at the back, with a small, high-set window by the road sloping up behind to Waterloo Pace and Grosvenor Place, and with a bright, double aspect bedroom and similar shaped bathroom overhead.

Two-storey No 17 was upgraded around 2015, and is BER exempt, with space in front for a small car, a cargo bike but definitely not enough room a coachman’s carriage  and horses.

Charlemont Terrace is by St Luke's Cross Wellington Road
Charlemont Terrace is by St Luke’s Cross Wellington Road

The Price Register shows few sales on the terrace, comprising a mix of investment and owner-occupied homes. No 7 here made €312,000 in 2022 and No 11 transacted for €90,000 in 2018.

Double aspect bedroom
Double aspect bedroom

The location puts it within a very short walk of the city centre, via buzzy MacCurtain Street, as well as being close to the rail and bus stations and new office developments along the north quays and Apple offices.

VERDICT: A pied a terre (‘a foot on the ground’) in just every sense of the description.

Wedge-wood blue?
Wedge-wood blue?
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