Summerhill North, Cork
Size: 238sq m (2,561 sq ft)
Renovated Georgian home in central location offers enviable views and urban chic, writes Eve Kelliher.
You'd think this Cork city residence had its very own portrait stowed away in its ultra-trendy spacious attic.
Like the eponymous hero of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Number 3 Harbour View, Summerhill North, looks eternally youthful — despite the fact that this Georgian property was built in 1830, some 60 years before Oscar Wilde’s iconic novel hit the shelves.
The mid-terrace home benefited from a glamorous facelift in 2006 and following this complete renovation is simply “oozing” urban chic, in the words of selling agent Savills Cork.
Number 3 has been exquisitely decorated throughout, notes Lawrence Sweeney of Savills. “It offers the perfect opportunity to those those wishing to trade up and live in the heart of the city,” says Mr Sweeney.
"This house competes with new houses on many levels — and beats them in many ways.”
What also sets it apart from your average city pad is the private, sun-soaked south-facing garden, complete with patio area, with spectacular city and river views to the rear — and, importantly, ample parking to the front.
Adjacent to the entrance hall (which features corniced ceilings) is the living room, facing to the front of the house.
To the rear is the spacious sitting room, which faces south and draws the eye to those mesmerising city views.
The fully fitted kitchen/dining room is located at basement level and has access to the rear garden.
On the first floor is the spacious master bedroom, which is en-suite and has views of the river below.
“There is a dressing room/nursery adjacent to the master bedroom (facing the front of the house) that could be used as a second large double bedroom,” says Mr Sweeney.
Two other bedrooms and the bathroom are on the second floor.
As for that large attic room? It would be ideal for use as a bedroom, office, den or studio.
The property is 150m from St Luke’s Cross and less than 600 metres from the city centre.
VERDICT: A thoroughly modern take on a Georgian classic.