Two one-bed gems in city cen­tre

Ground-floor apart­ment ex­tend­ing to 37sq m is chic in­side thanks to ar­chi­tect’s makeover, while a sun-soaked apart­ment with ter­race in need of mi­nor work has great po­ten­tial

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - 225,000 and ¤250,000 ALANNA GAL­LAGHER

De­scrip­tion: One-bed­room, ground floor apart­ment with a west-fac­ing back gar­den Agent: Sher­ryFitzGer­ald Thomas Court is a se­ries of ter­raced houses that con­ceal for­mer coun­cil flats. Th­ese were pur­pose-built prop­er­ties which in­clude a shared hall and stone steps lead­ing to the up­per floors.

Si­t­u­ated on a side street, just off Thomas Street, a cou­ple of steps from the Robert Em­met memo­rial, num­ber 5b is lo­cated on the ground floor.

While the com­mon en­trance area is un­der­whelm­ing, with pock­marked painted walls and wain­scot­ing, don’t let this first im­pres­sion put you off for num­ber 5b is lit­tle gem in one of the city’s most his­toric quar­ters and just up the road from one of the cap­i­tal’s top tourist at­trac­tions, the Guin­ness Store­house.

Glass doors

Owned by ar­chi­tect Dean Moore, who runs a prac­tice un­der his own name, the prop­erty has lofty 2.7m ceil­ing heights and is set out in a bro­ken-plan fash­ion so that it feels open but each area also feels like a room within the larger space.

The liv­in­groom has an open fire­place with a cast-iron sur­round and tiled insert, a lovely touch that gives the place a real sense of home.

Lime green is the colour used on the fea­ture wall, where there is also float­ing shelves hous­ing dec­o­ra­tive items and book­shelves built in above the fire.

The room opens through to the kitchen, scullery sized but with ev­ery cen­time­tre of space utilised to give max­i­mum stor­age – the units go up to the ceil­ing and the same large-for­mat tiles have been used on the floor and splash­back with a stone coun­ter­top giv­ing it plenty of pol­ish.

There is room here too for a din­ing ta­ble that can com­fort­ably fit four and can be reposi- tioned if you have more guests to din­ner.

From here glass doors open into what is the prop­erty’s unique sell­ing point – a de­cent-sized west-fac­ing pa­tio that has ma­ture plant­ing and, if we ever get an­other sum­mer like this year’s, would make a fan­tas­tic out­door room. It also means you can dry clothes out­side. The paving here needs an up­grade to bring it into line with the in­te­rior.

Shower room

The dou­ble bed­room is set to the front and the shower room in­cludes space-sav­ing wall­hung san­i­tary­ware and two con­trast­ing shades of grey.

The place mea­sures just 37sq m (398sq ft) but feels like two peo­ple could co­habit with­out fall­ing out with each other.

There are four units in the build­ing. The man­age­ment fee is ¤1,215 per an­num. The prop­erty is ask­ing ¤225,000 through Sher­ryFitzGer­ald.

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