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Montenotte, Cork €145,000

Sq m: 63 (700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

Neat, easy to keep, and essentially open plan in its layout is 6 Cherry Gardens, a semi-detached two-bed home beyond the Montenotte Hotel, high above Cork City.

Helping make it seem larger than its 700 sq ft is the double-height space on entering the hall, and the fact the living room runs into the kitchen/dining room.

It has a guest loo under the stairs, and overhead are two bedrooms, plus bathroom with bath/shower.

Selling agent Michael O’Donovan of Sherry FitzGerald seeks offers around €145,000.

VERDICT: Despite the name, not much private outdoor space.

Shandon, Cork €70,000

Sq m: 55 (600 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Broadband: Yes

Cork City’s two most historical districts are around St Fin Barre’s Cathedral on the southside, while the northside equivalent is in and around St Anne’s Shandon with its iconic pepperpot steeple.

Nicely tucked away in the latter quarter, in a gated enclave of just 10 terraced homes, is 4 Shandon Place, and selling agents DNG Kevin Condon seek offers of €70,000 for the compact two-bed home. It’s got two small reception rooms, kitchenette and enclosed yard. The bathroom is upstairs.

VERDICT: Niche nest with gas heating.

Cork city €100,000

Sq m: Sq m 85 (900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2 plus attic

Bathrooms: 1

Broadband: Yes

Carrying a €100k asking price with ERA Downey McCarthy is 33 Tyrone Place, a tidy two-bed end of terrace home off Cork city’s Tower Street, within an easy walking route to the city centre via Crone’s Lane and Evergreen Street.

In a quiet enclave, with residents’ parking and in tidy order, it has two reception rooms, small kitchen extension, two beds plus bathroom, modern boiler and gas heating and a 120 sq ft attic conversion with Velux.

VERDICT: Perfect as a city pad, with a yard.

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