Know-how is a wonderful thing, especially when the person who has it is an interior architect with the ability to turn a standard apartment into a stylish and elegant one. An interior architect purchased this two-bed duplex apartment at 9, Charleston Wharf in Midleton, Co Cork off the plans in 2004.
She loved the riverside location on the Owenacurra Estuary and was particularly happy that her new property was to have two balconies overlooking the water. Once she had signed the contract, she immediately began tweaking the design.
The original first-floor layout included an en suite bedroom as well as a second bedroom and a bathroom. She decided that it made more sense to have two en suite bedrooms and changed it accordingly.
“In the open-plan kitchen dining living room I added two small sections of wall. This created an alcove for a desk and another one for the dining area and also separates the kitchen from the living area.”
When it came to the fixtures and the fittings, she says very little that went in to the apartment was standard. She chose solid American walnut flooring for the kitchen/ dining/ living room and put in a granite-topped cherrywood kitchen with a centre island and a large American-style fridge.
Picking a pale shade of mushroom grey for the wall, she added colour with cushions and a selection of paintings with overhead lighting. The main focus of attention in the room is probably the set of French doors, flanked by full height windows, which frame the river views and also provide access on to the balcony.
Running the full length of the apartment, the balcony has a table and chairs and potted lavender and kitchen herbs. “You can look straight across the river to Ballyannan woods and bird sanctuary. When the tide is in you can see herons, egrets and swans, and at low tide there are oystercatchers and ducks,’ she says.’
The master bedroom on the upper floor has a narrower balcony with equally good views of the estuary, the bird life and the canoes which can often be seen going up and down the river.
This bedroom has American oak flooring, sliderobes with opaque glass doors and its walls are a deep shade of blue grey. Its en suite is tiled with a jacuzzi bath. The second bedroom has similar flooring, mirrored glass sliderobes, pale-grey walls and a full height window as well as a tiled shower room.
Offering close to 1,200sq ft of living space, the duplex apartment also has a guest bathroom at ground level. The under-stairs area has pull-out shelving to make maximum use of the space.
The owner has used the space on the stairs and landing for more paintings including some of her own. Fitted with gas heating and double glazing, the apartment has a B2 energy rating and a monitored alarm system.
Located on Bailick Road, it’s around 1.5km from Midleton town centre. Quoting an asking price of €245,000, Adrianna Hegarty of Hegarty Properties says that with its maritime feel and waterfront aspect, the property comes close to offering a “Med lifestyle”.
“It’s an elegant, contemporary property with top- quality fixtures and fittings condition,” he says.
For this guide price, a spacious interior architect-decorated apartment with two balconies, river views and quality fittings, sounds very attractive.