Desirably located Cork home with many stylish flourishes

This two-bed home in a highly desirable Cork location has been given many stylish flourishes, writes Trish Dromey.

WOULDN’T we all love to have an interior designer in the family who would take responsibility not only for decorating our home but also redecorating it when it needs it?

When Jeff Linehan and his wife purchased 3 Applewood in Maryborough Ridge in 2008, his father, interior designer John Linehan, took charge of selecting the colour schemes and the furnishing and many of the additional touches required to turn their standard two-bed mid-terraced house into a welcoming home.

“We left it to him, he knew the type of style we wanted, he gave us a few different options so there were no surprises,” says Jeff, who is now seeking €279,000 through Rose Properties for his 900 sq ft Douglas home.

It started out as a typical new build with standard sanitary ware, gloss fitted kitchen, fireplace, ceiling coving and white walls. What wasn’t typical was the fact that they had the estate to themselves.

“It was during the recession and for the first 12 months we were in the only occupied property out of 29.”

Work started with putting down Kahrs timber floors in the living room and bedrooms. After that came tiling which is where the interior designer’s influence becomes more evident. The kitchen has metallic gold splashback tiles and there are stripes of red mosaic tiling amidst the grey bathroom tiles in one en suite.

At one side, the kitchen has cream gloss units and, at the other, a corner dining area where the decor gets more interesting. The wall has period-style striped wallpaper and an elaborate silver mirror and gold clock, while the glass table and set of striking ochre yellow chairs, is ultra contemporary. “The wallpaper tames the brightness of the chairs which are used to raise the mood,” explains Jeff.

At the front of the house is a long, timber-floored sitting room, with a stylish red gloss TV cabinet and a fireplace filled with candles to create a little ambiance or hygge. The hallway leads to a guest WC and a staircase with an unconventionally red-striped carpet.

Upstairs are two en-suite bedrooms — the main one has a chocolate-coloured feature wall and colourful accessories, and the other is in use as a dressing room/ chill-out area. 

Since interior designers don’t do gardens, the owners got a landscaper to draw up a design for their southwest-facing space at the back. It has a pathway down the centre with a double row of grey tiles, some low redbrick walls, a gravelled area, and a grey and red shed. “The patio at the bottom of the garden gets the early morning sun and the patio outside the living room gets the sun all day after 11 am,” reveals Jeff.

The owners added some of their own design touches to the garden including a silver ball fountain, a mirror to reflect light, and some glass shapes to create interest. For additional brightness they painted the side fences cream.

Auctioneer Mark Rose says that with the standard of the decor the high energy rating, and the Douglas location, this property will attract interest from a variety of different buyers.

He believes it is particularly attractive to investors and downsizers, but also thinks he will be seeing first-time buyers at viewings. He says investors will like the fact that the property has been owner-occupied and wouldn’t involve rent restrictions. “For downsize buyers, this is a secure modern terraced property with a well laid-out garden.”

The property is located around 2.5km from the Douglas Fingerpost roundabout. “There a pharmacy, a doctor, and a shop within 100m at Broadale, and there are bus stops at the front of Maryborough Ridge,” says Mr Rose, pointing out that there’s now a new roundabout which provides easier access to Maryborough Hill The owners meanwhile are preparing to trade up, and already have their decorator lined up.......

VERDICT: Shows what you can do to an average two-bed townhouse with some creativity.

Douglas, Cork


Size: 86 sq m (900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3


Best Feature: well-styled

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