Refurbished city property has plenty to catch buyer's eye

FULL of unusual touches and careful craftsmanship, the refurbished No 4 St Patrick's Road in Cork city has plenty to catch the eye. It has even got something smart afoot to catch the dirt.

Know how the current design trend is to mix the indoors and the outdoors? The cliched design line trotted out is that helps to 'bring the outside in?' Well, if you don't want the outside mud clinging to your feet when you come in, dragged around on your good floors, then the mat inside the patio doors of no 4 has a lot to recommend it.

Almost as long as the sliding doors and a couple of feet wide, the natural bristle mat has been bedded down into the replacement wood floors here for a flush finish an foot-wiping convenience. It looks good, works a treat, and is highly functional too.

The semi-detached bungalow near Deerpark CBS in Cork city's inner southside suburbs (a 10 minute trot to town) is a place with more than a few surprises, and biggest of all is the size - over 2,000 sq ft. It has been entirely worked over by a man who knew his woods, and who painstakingly carried out all of the re-flooring here in a mix of timbers.

There's pitch pine waincoting in the hall, with an original tiled floor, there's thin strip maple in the two large reception rooms to the front of the house - and the main sitting room is a front-to-back room, 25' deep and over 11' wide, with bay window in front and patio access to the rear.

The facing room across the hall can be used as a reception room, home office or a third/fourth bedroom, and it to has a bay window and fireplace, with neat, low level 1930s-style radiator (gas fired central heating), one of a clutch of similar style rads in this home with an eclectic mix of salvaged architectural items.

Overhead, via newly installed wood open tread stairs there's a very large master bedroom, with southerly aspect and with unusual internal glazed sections, and this room could sub-divide to two bedrooms with minimum fuss if required.

There's one other first floor bedroom, standard enough in size. The landing has another distinctive old style radiator and the bathroom is an 18' long room, by about 9' wide, with ceilings sloping along the side and central Velux. It has a shower installed, but the cast iron roll top bath is a job waiting for completion - it isn't plumbed in.

Auctioneer Andrew Moore bills the recently re-roofed house as "1930s architecture at its best," and guides it at €400,000-plus: a few doors away, a similar vintage house, fully renovated, was 'sale agreed' with another agent, Christy Ryan for over the €400k mark.

No 4 has off-street parking, garage, small front garden, enclosed rear garden/yard with southerly aspect, utility, guest loo and lots of original early 1900s features.

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