Prayers answered in £585,000 flat in converted former Ursuline convent in Cork

IIf you missed the last time, when the high-end Cork Convent conversion apartments in Blackrock first went on sale, here’s a belated chance to buy, in a stunning period property , now known as Blackrock House.

Exterior view, twin unit 25 is one of 27 in the pristine conversion work

Billed as the first resale offering in the former Ursuline convent development in the city’s south-eastern suburbs, No 25 is fresh on the market with agents Lisney/Sotheby’s International Realty, with an AMV of 585,000 €, for a plot of 1,367 square feet. bed flat, in bright and colorful condition.

It is on the second floor of the elegant 18th century building, kept to a very high standard and having passed through three hands before the 27 apartment project in the historic building went on sale in 2016.

Size of the common entrance hall
Size of the common entrance hall

The price register shows the evolution of sales from 2016 and indicates that apartment No 25 Blackrock House sold in 2018, for a recorded amount of €533,450.

It’s now the first resale, says sales agent Trevor O’Sullivan of Lisney/Sotheby’s, which sells for buyers with local ties who are moving abroad, to live in sunnier climes.

With four viewings scheduled for this Saturday, he says this is one of the most prestigious apartment offerings in all of Cork, given the primacy of address and period quality of the building (a structure protected) with its high ceilings, ornate plasterwork, large windows, gardens and views of the river.

Contemporary twists inside
Contemporary twists inside

Mr O’Sullivan already has an idea of ​​who might be looking for a flat in Cork at the higher end of the price scale: he has just sold 11 The Sherkin, a three-bedroom flat at Lancaster Gate in the city center for 680 €000 (€695k AMV), and in 2020 he even got €1m for No. 19 in the same scheme between Downtown and UCC, a three-bedroom penthouse to a buyer returning from the States United with Munster roots.

In Blackrock, meanwhile, upgrading of public spaces has continued in line with increasing the general appeal of the area both to visitors, walkers, tourists and schools traveling to the castle observatory.

Blackrock Sunday Market
Blackrock Sunday Market

Ditto, of course, for the residents, and it’s all part of a master plan outlined over a decade ago by City Hall when the convent building was for sale/redevelopment, and as the peninsula of Mahon/Blackrock was shifting into high gear following major infrastructure upgrades, including the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

See the light?
See the light?

The buyers of No 25 have overseen the final finishes and decoration here, including the high quality built-in units and expansive shelving which, together with the furniture, injects a strong hint of contemporary color into the venerable setting of a building with a 250 year pedigree. . It dates from the late 1700s when it was built for local merchant Christopher Tuckey and was named after Pleasant Fields.

It’s still a thoroughly pleasant setting, of course, although what was originally farmland on the outskirts of Cork City is now one of the most thriving and ‘des- res”, with some of the best period houses in the city stretching along the length of Blackrock Road.

Photo: Denis Scannell
Photo: Denis Scannell

The Ursuline Order obtained this house in the early 1800s, having been in Cork since the 1770s, starting a school through their convent.

Throughout the 20th century they held the property and 32 acres of land in the heart of the old fishing village – it is still only a net toss or short trawl from the pier, now a center lively leisure area and a weekend market, with the Port de Plaisance providing another leafy, pedestrian route to the town centre.

Mr O’Sullivan said that “the offer for sale of No. 25 of 27 luxury apartments contained in the historic Ursuline convent offers potential buyers the opportunity to acquire property in one of the most historic buildings from Cork”, and this is a superb two-bedroom, second-floor apartment with dual aspect and views over Blackrock Pier and the Communal Gardens to the south.

This is a good sized twin bed apartment, with two bathrooms (one en-suite), on the second floor with 12ft ceiling heights, and the accommodation comprises a hall, kitchen/dining room open concept dining/living room and a laundry room. Main rooms have vaulted ceilings and contemporary light fixtures – elaborate plasterwork and ceiling roses are more confined to common areas (see photos, left and right, above), and the development’s exceptional entrance hall , with oak flooring.

Its sale is accompanied by a reserved car space, and there is a closed access and common rest areas to the south, overlooking a small garden room like a tiny oratory, with the rest of the lands of the Order of Ursulines which now house various sections of the Eden development first described by developer Kieran Coughlan’s Lyonshall Company via O’Mahony Pike Architects. The elements were then sold to Pierce Construction for an amount of up to 30 million euros and to Firestone Developments which took charge of the conservation of the convent. Subsequent owners now include Glenveagh Homes for new builds, while Michael Roden of Dublin-based Merrion Property Services oversaw the final stages of the convent’s quasi-religious conversion into luxury apartments.

Blackrock Village's new pier and plaza will open in 2017.
Blackrock Village’s new pier and plaza will open in 2017.

The work mobilized many conservation companies and subcontractors on this listed building, adorned on its facade with 15 bays. Up to 200 original windows had to be removed for preservation, including oval and ray windows, ventilators, Palladian windows, as well as tripartite door frames, Tuscan and Corinthian columns – the works.

(Sold separately, and now professional offices, was the chapel, with windows by Harry Clarke).

VERDICT: An easily preserved slice of Cork’s history, perfect for affluent shopkeepers or movers looking for a base near town and harbour.

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