Bright and breezy property

Small is beautiful for this pied a terre terraced townhouse, Tommy Barker reports

IT’S small, to be sure, but it’s quite perfectly re-formed — the terraced townhouse 18 Hibernian Buildings, Cork, is bright, breezy — and feels like it punches above its weight in size terms too.

Near Albert Road, Shalom Park, Kennedy Park and City Hall, it’s a true pied a terre — the expression after all does mean ‘foot on the ground. All-in, No. 18’s only got about 550 sq ft, between its open plan ground floor and its sole first floor, dual-aspect bedroom, with adjoining bathroom.

Just done with a deft, unapologetic decor hand by Lithuanian-born, Cork-based Ema Kersuliene of Emari Design, No. 18’s perfect for a single buyer, or for a cosying up couple; the decision to reduce the rooms’ tally to, effectively two (plus kitchenette and shower-room) means what’s here creates a feeling of space (however, there’s nowhere to escape to bar the other floor level for privacy!).

Everything seems fresh, brand new, it’s replastered, with lots of geometry going on in things like the paint effects (see also p1 pic), the stair carpet (it’s like a woven, wavy giraffe’s neck) and the chimney breast in the 14’ by 17’ living room is immaculately tiled in 1960s-style small hexagonal tiles, all quite masculine, with a wood-burning stove at its base.

Slender French doors open to a compact courtyard, with small outdoor seats (continuing a sort of orange colour theme running through the house) maintaining the illusion of space against the whitewashed walls. Alongside is a newly-fitted galley kitchen, with cream units, metro splashback tiling, plus breakfast bar for two.

Selling agent is Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, who’s just been appointed an associate director with the firm in the past week, and she’s just as enthusiastic about this best goods in a small parcel offer as with any grander properties.

It was done up by a city professional as a personal project and clearly there’s been a bit of fun going into the make-over, along with a measure of practicality. It’s got a €140,000 asking price to include furniture, the lot, and the surrounding streets around Shalom Park have similar, less finished houses on offer between €120,000 and €145,000, while the Price Registrar shows a clutch of sales in the95,000 to €165,000 price region.

The city centre’s on the doorstep of this brick-facaded wee home, but there’s also green areas nearby, plus the Marina to the east, and No 18’s a walk-in job. It has double glazing throughout, and box dormer windows (the view to the back is over a sea of small yards and rafts of felt-roofed extensions) plus electric heating, which probably contributed to the seemingly poor ‘F’ BER rating. Yet, when the stove is lighting, the place could hardly get any more toasty — especially as two of its walls are shared with neighbours.

VERDICT:Ready to move into, just fill the fridge, light the stove and clothe the wardrobe.


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