60a&b Douglas St is affordable enough for a first-time buyer. Tommy Barker reports
By Tommy Barker
A house affordable enough for a first-time buyer, but with enough bedrooms to have a gang of friends around, is on offer at Cork city’s Douglas Street.
Eye-catching enough from the outside after a full overhaul and redecoration is 60a&b, a period terraced home with lots of bedrooms — but very little living areas.
Offered at €200,000 by agent Paul O’Shea of FML Properties, he’s pitching it at first-time buyers and to investors who might find a niche business mix ‘n’ match model for the building.
It was taken on by a private owner/investor, who converted the ground floor into a one-bed unit or bedsit, with its own entrance door to the right, leading into a kitchen/dining/seating area. There’s a bedroom at street level, plus an en suite bathroom.
The renovated end terrace building, prettified like a dolls’ house, and within a three minute walk of the South Mall, has new double glazed sash windows to the front at ground and first floor level, and perky attic dormer windows on the next level.
Upstairs, via a separate street-front entrance on the left, are four single bedrooms, a communal kitchenette and a shower/bathroom.
There’s electric heating
VERDICT: You’ll have to reduce the bedroom tally if you want a living room.
Expecting the unexpected is par for the course for the members of ITSA Theatre Company, which is staging its annual Improvised Panto at the Half Moon Theatre in Cork from Dec 6-21. Now in its third year, this fun event is, to some extent, guided by the over-16s audience.