The good life indoors and out in Rochestown

Kya deLongchamps considers a chic waterside Rochestown apartment with village amenities at its back

96 The Mizen, Harty’s Quay, Rochestown Rd, Cork

  • Size: 77sqm/900sqft, balcony 7sqm/84sqft (approx).
  • Beds: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Guide Price: €300,000
  • BER: B2

You really do deserve a vintage bike with a basket, and a pair of glass-heavy binoculars with this stirring Rochestown home. With coveted and expansive views of the Douglas Estuary, 96 The Mizen offers a refreshing escape, celebrating the rewards of an upmarket suburban lifestyle, without surrendering the culture-rich embrace of Cork.

New to the market with Florence Gabriel at Sherry Fitzgerald, this smart, second-floor apartment has its toes on a venerable old quay and the complex sold out straight from the plans by McCarthy Developments in 2002.

It comprises two light-drenched double bedrooms, both gazing out to the inner harbour famed for its migrant and resident bird population. The open plan livingroom/diner and a 7sq m balcony with its ship’s deck reach to the estuary, tops off an intelligent buy.

The generous master with vertical windows gesturing down to the river, employs an en-suite beyond expectation for apartment proportions, with a three-piece shower and a wall mounted sink.

It enjoys the luxury of contemporary tiling right through to the ceiling. The second bedroom does not come up short, another superb double, this one to the front of the building, served by an ultra-modern family bathroom. Both rooms include built-in wardrobes, removing the potentially spoiling visual weight created by standalone furnishings.

Dark walnut floors throughout (bar bathrooms), lead on to the highly ergonomic yet spacious kitchen, crisp but warmed with wood units, windows trained on the tree-blown horizon on the far shores. No 96 includes the full arsenal of appliances set around good, black, granite worktops.

There’s a large induction hob (so much cleaner than gas but with versatility and speed), a separate integrated double oven, grill, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

With recessed spots lights, and glossy timber floors, the living-room though open to the kitchen is set politely and adequately apart. Those windows framing the Lee’s progress to the sea, will jib you straight out to the balcony time and again. Indoor/outdoor life never looked so good.

Rolling, manicured communal gardens vie with the shifting maritime vistas, suggesting places to picnic, perform Tai-Chi or just wander the water’s edge.

There is private and secure parking via a gated entrance, and the location just beyond the Rochestown Hotel, allows a short vehicular glide straight from Harty’s Quay to the South Ring road complex or the number 16 bus. Carpets, curtains, blinds, light fittings are all included. There’s the option of all existing furniture, additional car spaces (you’ll have one otherwise) and more room to store.

VERDICT: A quayside des-res, launching this week to a quick sale, we expect.

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