Prayers answered in £585,000 flat in converted former Ursuline convent in Cork
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ursuline Order obtained this house in the early 1800s, having been in Cork since the 1770s, starting a school through their convent.
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.