A challenge for people with vertigo

THE gentrification process began early for this house at number 3, Harbour View in Cork’s Summerhill North when the venerable old building was rescued in 1991 by its builder-owner.

Now like a new property on the inside, this is just one of four houses in a terrace that faces onto Summerhill South and runs below St Luke’s Church, now owned by businessman Pat Dineen.

Skips, scaffolding and chutes are the latest designer look in the quarter and the building boom has ensured that the neighbourhood, which is listed as historic by Cork City Council, is returning to its former glory.

Three storeys over basement, number 3 is impeccably maintained and faces onto the docklands at the back, where the top rooms would be quite a challenge for someone with vertigo.

Like most of these old houses on the Wellington Road and Summerhill, they were sited to make the best of the aspect and the height, which provides majestic views over the city.

And with plenty of parking to the front, this property is perfect for the older family or couple looking for city centre living but with a community to boot.

Here, there are four bedrooms on offer as part of a total square footage which comes close to 3,000, according to Billy Casey of Casey and Kingston, who’s given this property a guide price in excess of €800,000.

With a signature, Georgian fanlight to the front (an unerring copy of the original), this house combines the new with the old and according to the vendor, very little remained of the house once they began to work on the renovations.

Floors were removed and walls were taken back to the bones, so what you’re getting is modern fittings in an older shell. So, ceilings are still 11’ high in places, but with smooth walls and cornicing, central heating and new joinery, particularly in the central staircase which is French-polished teak.

And for all its space, this is a cosy, family-sized house that includes a back garden and an elevated, south-facing patio.

The kitchen, and a range of storage rooms is at basement level to the front, but at garden level to the back, which makes it bright and warm.

One floor up, there’s the drawing room, and to the front is an office/music room overlooking the front parking area.

Then, the next two floors have a bathroom and two bedrooms apiece, while the very top of the house has an open plan arrangement.

This is perfect as a gym, study or hang-our room and adds that extra dimension to the property: it’s also very big and comes with Velux windows.

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