Rooms with a view

A three-storey terrace high over Cork city has an efficient design with views to the river, the docklands, the suburbs and beyond, writes Tommy Barker.

FIRST time buyers often get the thin end of the wedge in the property market and while 35 Grattan Hill is tall and thin, it packs quite a punch, above its girth in quality.

Just done up from top to toe by the low-key renovation and building team of Shane Wiseman and Shane O’Toole, Number 35 is part of a terrace overlooking Cork city and Horgan’s Quay, where developers Manor Park Homes are expected to finally move on a first planning application by November for a long-awaited development which might include an audacious 35-storey apartment tower. Meanwhile, views from this eyrie also include the glistening River Lee, its waterborne traffic, the docklands and southeastern suburbs.

An earlier resident next door on this terrace was writer and actor James N Healy; poet John Montague also lived here, while the sloping hill above the Lower Glanmire Road has now been embraced by a new wave of artists, architects, writers and young families.

Just in its finishing throes, Number 35 is up for sale with estate agent Noelle Morrison, who seeks offers of more than €320,000 for the three-storey up-and-down terrace house, which packs a bit more space than an apartment (around 750sq ft) and with character to spare; after a week or so of viewings, the property was under early offer at the €317,000 stamp duty threshold.

Internally, the residence has features like curved walls, arches and cutaways to yield a ground floor living room just inside the hall door, with a neat-looking flueless gas fire; behind the living room is a compact kitchen with smart units, integrated appliances and granite worktops; further back again is a small bathroom with pumped shower and a good tiling job: there’s access from here to the small, decked small backyard, cleaved out of the red rock face to the rear of this 19th century dwelling.

The terrace’s first floor has a bedroom to the front (a room likely to be used as another living space), which measures 13x10ft and has an original slate fireplace and cherry wood floor; a smaller room behind has a maple floor; a tall window encourages view-gazing, even if it induces a sense of vertigo.

Climb up to the terrace’s top floor and there’s a 17x10ft second/third bedroom with dormer window and probably the best of the views, though you can only see them standing up.

The property — described by Noelle Morrison as a “pied a terre” — has a gas-fired and efficient combi boiler, new teak-effect PVC double-glazed windows, plastering and is fully-decorated with designer touches like a tempered opal glass end wall on the stairs and a feature gas fire in the lower level reception room.

Meanwhile, for those house-hunting in this vicinity, another estate agent, Timothy Sullivan and Associates, has an offering at Number 5 Wellington Terrace, set just off Grattan Hill.

The three-storey home has up to four bedrooms, and front and back gardens.

In need of modernisation, this latter mid-terraced house needs some further spending; it caries a €325,000 price guide and the new owner might look at carving a car park from the front garden.

Get there before the two Shanes do.

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