Trading up: Douglas Village, €295,000

You’re up under the gothic or chateau-style slated roof in the penthouse No 12 at Cork’s 12, Watergold – a fourth floor, two bed apartment for sale with a €295,000 asking price.

Size: 103 sq m (1,111sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 2 

Bedrooms: 2 

BER: E1

Listed with agent Florence Gabriel of Sherry FitzGerald, No 12 lives up to its penthouse title by, indeed, being a top floor unit in this building which also houses offices and a bank, and it’s a decent size too at 1,111 sq ft. 

But, it’s probably fair to say that internally it’s a bit more prosaic in its finishes and presentation than the title might suggest. 

It’s had a more modern timber kitchen fitted fairly recently, with tiled floor butting up to a carpeted living area and the combined kitchen/living/dining in 20’ by 14’ with ceilings sloping in a bit in portions due the pitch of the mansard roof. 

Windows are arched dormers, or Veluxes, and there are glimpses to central Douglas’s daily comings and goings by East Douglas Village, but there’s no balcony or private external space to sit out and scan them from. 

It comes with two bedrooms, one of which is en suite, plus main bathroom and hotpress off a long, kinked corridor hall, and upper deck, and No 12 has lift access, and one dedicated parking space.

Top attractions are accessibility and proximity to everything Douglas ‘village’ has to offer right on the doorstep, including two shopping centres, restaurants, bars, boutiques, and weekend farmers’ markets.

VERDICT: A roof-top eyrie for busy professionals, singles, or investors, and these units can make €1,250 a month when rented out


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