Eve Kelliher checks out a Cork city apartment with a central location.
Size: 69.03sq m (74 sq ft)
A city-center apartment — and a penthouse, at that — would swoop to the top of anyone’s Christmas wish-list.
Just moments away from the cosmopolitan thoroughfare of Cork’s Grand Parade and close to University College Cork, Number 25 The Garnish, Lancaster Gate, is a sixth-floor apartment overlooking the entrance of the River Lee Hotel.
“Its location is second to none and only 300m from UCC and 600m from Grand Parade,” said selling agent Lawrence Sweeney of Savills Cork.
Interest in apartments here is extremely keen, according to Mr Sweeney. “We have sold a number of these in the last couple of years and we expect good interest in Number 25,” added the selling agent.
As for the profile of buyers keen to nab such a sought-after foothold in the city? “This type of property normally attracts those wishing to invest, downsize, those looking for a base in the city, or students or medics,” said Mr Sweeney.
“The current owner is a medic that has relocated to another part of the country who just stayed there from time to time. It is being sold ‘as is’ with the contents.” Priced at €495,000, it has a large balcony with a south-west aspect and a BER rating of B2.
The light-filled two-bedroom penthouse is just over 69sq m and comes complete with one secure car-parking space. “Number 25 is in exceptionally good decorative order and gets the sun almost all day,” said Mr Sweeney.
Stepping inside reveals a spacious entrance hallway with oak flooring underfoot and access to a convenient storage/cloakroom.
Delve further and you will find bright living and bedroom accommodation thanks to floor-to-ceiling height windows. “The living/kitchen/dining room is open plan and provides access to a large south/west facing balcony area that overlooks the internal courtyard,” added the selling agent.
Both bedrooms are double bedrooms and the master bedroom, which overlooks the balcony, benefits from an en-suite.
An enviable range of amenities is within close proximity including, shops, sports clubs, schools, UCC, CIT, Cork School of Music, and train and bus services said Mr Sweeney. “Top-floor apartments such as No 25 The Garnish are rare open-market offerings,” he added.
Viewing is by appointment with Savills Cork.
VERDICT: Penthouse in perfectly central location.