A ma­jes­tic makeover pays off

The own­ers have en­sured No 175 Blar­ney St is no tra­di­tional ter­race house, writes Tr­ish Dromey

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property -

Adecked pa­tio and a Mediter­ranean-style makeover have trans­formed Cork city’s No 175 Blar­ney Street from what the stan­dard ter­race house that it used to be.

The three-bed prop­erty has now be­come so in­ter­est­ing that it’s been checked out by close to 4,000 view­ers on­line in the last week. Terry hayes of barry auc­tion­eers says the trans­for­ma­tion was car­ried out by the cur­rent own­ers who bought it 15 years ago.

“They ex­tended it at the back, re­dec­o­rated, and ex­posed some stone walls and beams on the in­side. The in­te­rior has the look and feel of a coun­try cot­tage while the tim­ber deck­ing at the rear of­fers mag­nif­i­cent city views — you can see right out to the river and across to the air­port,”

Be­hind the still very tra­di­tional look­ing street frontage, there’s now a 1,184 sq ft prop­erty with a C3 BER rating.

The hall door opens into a sit­ting room with pale ter­ra­cotta walls and a stone fire­place with a stove as well as a door­way lead­ing to the kitchen which has rough, plas­tered, white­washed walls con­trast­ing with bright blue units — a colour com­bi­na­tion which brings Greek is­land cot­tages to mind.

Beyond the kitchen is an ex­ten­sion with a vaulted room and Velux win­dows and a full glass wall. If it weren’t for the fact that its is pos­si­ble to iden­tify St Fin Barre’s Cathe­dral in the dis­tance, some­one look­ing out from this room might well imag­ine they were in the Mediter­ranean.

Out­side there’s tim­ber deck­ing with panoramic views (in­clud­ing to the fire-rav­aged Good Shep­herd Con­vent be­low) and steps down to a 45m long gar­den.

Up­stairs there’s a land­ing space used for book­shelves, a bath­room, and three tim­ber-floored bed­rooms, in­clud­ing one which has an en suite with a jacuzzi bath.

Guid­ing at €215,000, Mr Hayes says it’s at­tract­ing huge in­ter­est be­cause of its views and dé­cor and also be­cause of its con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, within a short walk of the city cen­tre.

It’s the sec­ond prop­erty with a decked pa­tio to cause a stir on Blar­ney St in re­cent weeks. Bid­ding on a one bed at No 149 quickly went €40,000 above its €160,000 ask­ing price.

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