With some work, this could be turned into the apple of your eye

YOU’LL need to put on a bit of a push to bring Hillside, on Cork’s Boreenmanna Road, fully up to speed, but it’ll be worth it.

A detached bungalow on the dated side, it faces a modern apartment block behind Ashton School, across this inner suburban road, but it is a house with real scope to be a great home.

Why? Well, its south-facing back garden is one thing — it’s very private, with a clutch of apple trees; although probably not enough to call an orchard but more than enough to give you colic if you try to eat you way through the September harvest.

You can see the growth coming on over the summer from the attached rear sunroom, which opens to an inter-linked sitting room and dining area.

These latter two rooms run to about 23’ by 11’, and as there’s a bedroom next in line with a bay window to the front of the house, you get an idea of the depth of the place.

It has a central hallway, with bedrooms (each with bay window) off left and right by the front. There’s a third bedroom beyond, as well as a fully tiled newly-fitted bathroom, with new shower.

This is in stark contrast to the kitchen — which is an old-fashioned affair, with antique Ideal Domestic sold fuel stove which clearly has shone and seen the light of better days.

Still, with a few grand spent on a flat-pack kitchen, the room could be transformed.

Items which have already been attended to include PVC double glazing in most rooms, including the sun room, and oil central heating.

Subsidence has been addressed, and the underpinning has been done — though the internal cracks in some rooms show just why it needed doing.

An insurance company paid for the heavy work, and a new owner can get now busy with the scraping and filling, followed by the decorative work.

Hillside is a house that will be easy to turn around, and has as added extras a detached garage and fuel shed.

Estate agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs seeks €485,000 — about the price of a well-kept semi in this area, which is less than a mile from the city centre.

While it might suit a trader-down, it is probably more apt for a younger couple on the way up, as the slope and steps up to the front door won’t suit anyone with bad knees or breathing.

The further good news for younger, upwardly mobile buyers is Hillside’s future bankability: enjoy what you’ve bought, and know that in time there is always the option (subject to planning permission) to extend up in the roof and to have a detached house on this pretty footprint for years to come.

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