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DILLONS CROSS CORK €80,000, (sold c €100,000)

Sq m: 74 (800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

BER rating: pending

Broadband: yes

Here’s one that got away — quickly. And, in the old auctioneering parlance, ‘similar property now wanted.’ No 1 Harrington’s Square in Cork City’s Dillon’s Cross was all written up for these pages last weekend, and had just previously made a small advert here for agents Thomas J O’Driscoll: it got out of the traps so fast it’s already sold, deal done, in less than three weeks on the market.

The editorial that had been written for this slot (noting its fully renovated status, from floors to roof and everything in between) was pulled back on as by Thursday the bids were already flying to fruition.

“It’s because buyers saw the value there, and the fact it needed no work at all, everything had been recently done,” says auctioneer Paul O’Driscoll after a bidding spree among six bidders that ended last weekend.

The fully renovated two-bed city house had been put up as a March offer for €80,000 as part of an executor sale, having only last changed hands a year ago for about €120,000. Its sale was agreed last weekend for just over the € 100,000 mark, it’s understood.

It had quickly got huge viewing throughput and instant bids, with one investor among the five or six bidders.

VERDICT: Blink, you’ve missed it. Now, O’Driscolls want similar quality city homes, ready to move into, for their underbidders.

CORK CITY €149,000

Sq m: 84 (900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

First time-buyers looking for a residential enclave might do well to cast an eye over Cherry Gardens, high above the city, about 200 metres past the Montenotte Hotel, and part of a secure development.

Here, agents Kevin O’Sullivan Estates have No 6 Cherry Gardens for sale, and it’s a two-bed semi detached home in very good order, with interlinked kitchen/breakfast room and a sitting room with fireplace, as well as electric storage heating.

VERDICT: A neat package, and easy to keep, with a shared garden.

Picture: Property in Dillon's Cross, Cork.

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