An apartment option for those not into gardens and commutes

Douglas village is the location for a convenient penthouse, as Tommy Barker reports.

How about a penthouse, for starters? And for a mortgage, you could try asking at the Ulster Bank branch, three floors below.

Up for sale jointly with Casey and Kingston and Sherry FitzGerald with a €150,000 asking price is a top-floor apartment at 21 Watergold, in Cork’s Douglas village. It’s the mixed-use building that’s all bright and shiny at its lower levels and a bit more Gothic mansion above, with its top hat of steep-pitched slate roof bearing a touch (it’s been said) of the Addams Family.

Under that roof, and with distinctive arched dormer windows, is the two-bed penthouse at 21, with 900 sq ft of bright space and its main pitch a corner window-set 17’ by 19’ kitchen/living/dining room. While the top-level setting might be ‘penthouse’ the specification is a bit more prosaic, with two bedrooms and a main bathroom, plus hall, in the mix.

There’s lift access and reserved car-parking space, and as soon as you go out your ground floor doorway, you’ve got East Village, a McDonalds drive-thru, Douglas Court and the ‘real’ village on your doorstep.

VERDICT: Watergold’s a bit of an oddity, but the essentials are bang on. An option for those not keen on gardens, maintenance and commutes.


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