Looking to buy a house in Cobh, Co Cork? This former shop-turned-home could be for you (if you have €375,000, that is...)
Famous for being Titanic’s last port of call in 1912, not to mention home to Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh is one of Co Cork’s most charming seaside towns.
Along the seafront, near Cobh’s elegant red-brick chimney stack, lies 40 Harbour Row. The former grocery store has been renovated into a beautiful, four-bedroom family home. Plus, with its coastal location, it boasts panoramic views across the water.
40 Harbour Row, Cobh
Dating back to the Georgian era, the terraced house spans four levels and retains many of its original features. From the tiled floor in the entrance hall to the decorative coving and cornices inside, the property oozes old-world charm.
Estate agents at Colbert & Co say it has been sympathetically restored by the current owners, and while it still maintains its shopfront facade, it’s been utterly transformed inside.
The high-ceilinged entrance hall has double doors which open into the kitchen-cum-diner. This large, open-plan space measures approximately 38.4 sq metres, with high-quality fittings throughout.
For example, the original, rustic, wood-beam ceiling has been painted white, with gold and black pendant light fittings and recessed spotlights above. There is also a parquet wood floor, exposed brickwork, three sash windows and a cast-iron fireplace.
The fully-fitted, shaker-style kitchen comes with ample storage units and a centre island (which doubles as a breakfast bar), as well as a marble-effect countertop, a Montpellier double oven and extractor hood. To the rear, sliding glass doors lead out to the enclosed garden and patio area (more on this below).
Leaving the kitchen-cum-diner, and climbing the original staircase, you'll reach the first floor. Here, there are two generous living rooms and a newly-fitted family bathroom.
The first living space measures 4.8 metres x 3.6 metres and boasts varnished floorboards. There is also a bay window to the front (with original wood panel detailing on the frame), Georgian-style cornices and a decorative ceiling rose, as well as a chandelier, original cast-iron fireplace, and eight power points.
Meanwhile, the second living room has a window seat with storage box, as well as six power points. To the rear, the family bathroom comes with modern, white subway tiles and inset shelves.
Climbing the stairs again, you'll reach the second floor. Here, there are two double bedrooms and a further family bathroom.
Bedroom one is located to the front of the Cobh property and measures an impressive 5 metres x 3.6 metres. The room's bay window (with original wood detailing on the frame) overlooks the sea, and with a window-seat, new owners can enjoy the view with comfort.
This bedroom also boasts an original, cast-iron fireplace with subway tile hearth and carpeted floor. Next door, the second bedroom has exposed brickwork, a cast iron fireplace with an open flute, a bay window and six power points.
To the rear, the second family bathroom has a traditional roll-top, freestanding bath, as well as an open shower unit with white subway tiles. There is also colonial wall panelling, an oversized wash hand basin with mirror, a WC and recessed spotlights.
If you're not already exhausted from climbing the stairs, the third (and top) floor has two further bedrooms and another family bathroom.
The bedrooms up here have large Velux windows, allowing for lots of natural light, as well as carpeted floors and stylish light fittings.
This period house in Cobh, Co Cork is within walking distance to all amenities, including the local train station and beach.
What's more, there is a functional utility room on the ground floor, towards the rear of the kitchen, as well as easy private garden access. This garden space is fully enclosed with a large paved area suitable for al fresco dining, while concrete steps lead up to a raised lawn with shrubs.
Worth the price tag of €375,000, you think?
Photos: James Colbert of Colbert & Co
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