Vivacious home with vivid colouring at Friars Walk, Cork

Trish Dromey reports on a Cork city home that has been tastefully reworked, renovated and refreshed.

DISPELLING the drabness and the dreariness of the Irish winter, the owners of this terraced house in Friars Walk have brightened up their home with vivid colour.

The kitchen walls are turquoise while the adjoining dining room has been painted lime green and is illuminated by shimmering reflections from a circular pink pendant light. The décor is modern and funky and includes a large bathroom with a contemporary look and a stylish Jacuzzi bath.

None of this is, of course, immediately evident from the white exterior of the terraced property at 23 Maymount which has just gone on the market with Jeremy Murphy Auctioneers who are guiding it at €189,000.

When the owners bought it in 2009, it was the typical terraced property that you would expect it to be. They gutted it, replastered, insulated, fitted PVC double glazed windows, a new boiler, and new kitchen, while also making significant changes to the layout.

It was a two bedroomed property with a ground floor bathroom. Now one of the first floor bedrooms has been turned into a large first floor bathroom and the attic has been turned into an extra room. Having completely renovated the property six years ago, the owners comprehensively updated the colour scheme two years ago.

The front sitting room has been made over in grey and has a feature wall papered in grey stripes. Newly re-done in turquoise, the kitchen at the rear has walnut kitchen units with granite worktops and a colourful spotted blind while the adjoining dining room has white and lime green walls.

To the rear the house has a guest WC measuring 9’ by 10’, the first floor bathroom is spacious — with a large window (for a bathroom) overlooking the rear. Tiled with brown and beige tiles with some silver swirls the room has a shower cubicle as well as a Jacuzzi bath.

A good sized room with two windows, the front bedroom has black units and curtains and one splash of stripey colour on the wall behind the bed. Up in the attic under sloping ceilings and a Velux window is a 13’t long carpeted room which could be used as an office.

Vivacious home with vivid colouring at Friars Walk, Cork

The property has a parking space at the front and a small yard at the rear.

Expecting good interest, selling agent Jeremy Murphy has arranged four open viewings of the property. “It’s quirky, decorated to a high specification and is in an excellent location within walking distance of Cork city centre,” he says.

VERDICT: Unexpectedly colourful and interesting.

Friars Walk, Cork


Sq m 85 (918 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 1/2

Bathrooms: 2



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