Old house with modern look

Rose Martin says five-bedroomed upgrade is in a contemporary design.

IN describing Sunday’s Well, Cork, the use of a cheesy term is appropriate: this venerable old suburb is perched proudly over the city below.

Writer Maeve Saunders has described St Vincent’s church as being like a “small schloss spirited from the Rhineland.”

Sunday’s Well is a choice spot: inner city with ‘knobs on’, standing on a south-facing slope with the university on one side, and the city on the other.

Sunday’s Well is also a democratic enclave: properties run from a one-bedroomed bothán to rambling, Victorian villas, and, if Frinailla Developments have their way, a new sweep of million-euro houses will be built in the former gardens of the Good Shepherd convent.

Before the property market lost the run of itself, a young couple bought an almost derelict house on Sunday’s Well Avenue.

Number 31 was an old, three-storey house that has been converted into a warm, five-bedroomed home.

The house’s classic, contemporary design will appeal to the younger end of the market, but, at the guide price of €475,000, it is not a home for a first-time buyer.

Number 31 is on the market with Joanna Murphy, of Cobh.

It has original features blended with quirky additions, and a look that mixes dark woods with mellow yellows.

The ground floor has a dining area off the kitchen, with a magnificent old range, part of the original fittings. Behind is the galley kitchen, fitted in maple units and with quirky fittings that are anything but ‘run of the mill’. From here, there’s access to an outside yard.

The guest bathroom is beyond the staircase, on the ground floor, and has a black-and-cream look with stainless steel. A true original.

On the half landing there is a door to a perfectly placed, sunbathing deck. Also upstairs are two double bedrooms and a generous main bathroom. The second floor has three bedrooms, but one is used as a study/music room. Each room has a different style personality.

Number 31 is a ‘walk-in’, with plenty of space and a location that makes it perfect for busy, city people.

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