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Starter Homes

Sq m: 83 (903 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Broadband: Yes

An easy leap for first-time buyers, but also ideal for active retirees looking for a country lifestyle is the almost-finished three-bed bungalow at Deelish, two miles north of Drimoleague in West Cork, and close to one of the area’s burgeoning heritage trails. Carrying a €115k asking price with Michéal Duggan of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, the house hasn’t yet been lived in, and needs some finishing details, as well as an oil heating boiler. There’s scope to extend into the attic.

VERDICT: Not yet fully finished, but almost there, and landscaping will have to be done to make it deelish-ous.

CORK CITY €95,000

Sq m: 73 (800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Broadband: Yes

Although it needs a fairly full overhaul, there’s immense potential with 17, Summerhill South, near Douglas Street and the Capwell bus depot, in Cork city. So says auctioneer Jeremy Murphy, guiding the terraced property at €95,000, and a sales bonus is a surprisingly-sized back garden beyond the usual expected yard. It also has two reception rooms, and one of its bedrooms is at ground level.

VERDICT: A great project for a DIY-er.


Sq m: 58 (630 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

BER rating: C3

There’s a visual charm even from the outside of 7 Goldsmiths Avenue, on Cork city’s Richmond Hill — and the €70,000 price guide looks good too.

Selling agents REA O’Donoghue Clarke say the terraced brick home with a dormer level 23’by 13’ living room/kitchen has been fully renovated, and is in good order.

VERDICT: Possibly one of the cheapest buys in town, with a Jacuzzi bath already in place for those taking a first dip into the housing market.

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