Nice arty feel and flair in Sunday’s Well

A 180-year-old terraced two-bed period home is really looking its best, says Tommy Barker

Thanks to a recent intervention by architect Donal Hoare, the 180-year-old terraced two-bed period home at 10, Salmon Weir View in Cork’s Sunday’s Well is really looking its best — and at its brightest.

Just a fortnight on the market with agent John Barry of Keane Mahony Smith, and seeking offers close to its €190,000 guide, it’s coming up to two dozen viewings already from traders down and first-time buyers alike.

And, the proximity of this ‘Boho’ spot to the city centre and to UCC gives it an appeal to academics and to artists alike; it also means that new occupants can leave the car on the road outside for days on end, and go Shank’s mare.

Up above Sunday’s Well Avenue, with private door entrance and steps up to the 60’ length of front garden, it’s a south-facing sun-trap of a home, with its best rooms up front for the views and light.

But, there are also quirks and clever uses of glass inside to get light into the nether regions: the bathroom (with Jacuzzi bath) for example, has a raised glass panel in its ceiling, and sandblasted glass blocks which were inset in the tiled floor, to bring soft light to the kitchen below. According to Mr Barry, it’s very well finished with an oak floor and a salvaged, antique slate fireplace in the front main sitting room, with rear dining space and a glazed back wall to the kitchen and beyond to the stairs. Both upstairs bedrooms have stunning city views, he adds. The vendor has been here for almost 20 years, having vastly improved the 1830s- built house for 21st century living, says the KMS agent.

VERDICT: A nice arty feel and flair, with a patio and front ‘mini-meadow’ garden between high stone walls giving a breadth of city views.

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