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Sq m: 65 (700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Broadband: Yes

It’s small, not currently perfectly formed — but it has a great location, and garden aspect, all for €195,000 - but roll up your sleeves, it’s bit of a doer-up.

Listed with John Barry of Keane Mahony Smith is the compact 120-year-old and stone-built semi-detached home Windsor Cottage. It’s on Cork city’s Model Farm Road, and viewers coming along can get an idea of its character and scope by checking out its ‘other half,’ the left hand side of this semi-d pairing, as its stone walls have been exposed externally.

KMS’s Mr Barry says the duo date to the 1890s, and the same family has had ownership of Windsor Cottage since the 1970s. In their time, it has had windows replaced, now there’s gas central heating, and there’s a modest rear extension to boot.

Rooms include a 14’ by 10’ living room with gas fire, a 20’ by 14’ kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms, plus bathroom with bath. The site’s about a tenth of an acre with just enough space for further add-ons, and there’s already a detached 26’ by 12’ garage, with service pit, plus a block-built shed.

VERDICT: A few buddies with trade skills, and a blast of colour in the grounds will all turn Windsor Cottage around for decade more enjoyment, in a super-handy western suburban setting


Sq m: 80 (870 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathroom: 1

Broadband: Yes

Neat and pretty at the front, and well-kept inside, is this semi-detached dormer home up by the modern Churchfield Leisure Centre, on Cork City’s northside.

No 6 Bantry Park off Fairhill has a €115,000 asking price with agent Mark Gosling of Jeremy Murphy & Associates, and who says it has character.

Outside, there’s off-street parking and front lawn and a back garden fully enclosed by trimmed hedges.

Inside there’s a 14’ by 10’ living room, dining/breakfast space, kitchen, ground floor bathroom and two overhead bedrooms, one of which is nearly twice the size of the smaller, at 18’ by 10’.

VERDICT: Perfect for a first-time buyer or small family, says Mr Gosling.

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