Starter homes: Clonakilty, West Cork €175,000

Location: Size: 93 (1,000 sq ft)

Starter homes: Clonakilty, West Cork €175,000

Well, for a saving of €9,000 or so, isn’t it worth getting out the paint-brushes, the Brillo pads and the carpet cleaner?

Just last month a contemporary mid-terraced house in Clonakilty’s award-winning Glebe House Gardens was sold by local agent Martin Kelleher for €187,000, having guided at €180,000. Now, he has an end-terrace in the same superb town centre niche for sale for €178,000, and he marks it down by €9k from the sale of another two doors away because it has been rented for six years and is a bit tired decoratively. But, the bones are still excellent, and the setting’s sublime.

No 16 Glebe Gardens is in this highly-landscaped garden acre scheme just behind the revamped Emmet Square and the conserved Glebe House on the square in seaside town Clon. Developers were Hillback, to a design by architect Geraldine Coughlan, and the last house sold here last month, a similar 1,000 sq ft, but mid-terraced, whereas now No 16 has the same size, but extra windows on the side wall. According to Mr Kelleher, “one person who viewed No 18 quipped ‘the only problem I have with this property is that I can’t find any problems.’”

No 16 has a small private south west facing deck, plus a first floor balcony off the first floor en suite master bedroom, and one of the other three beds is downstairs.

VERDICT: Easy to restore the gloss to this townhouse pad with its high gloss kitchen, granite tops, good appliances, well-finished wet-room bathrooms, power showers, Jacuzzi bath, etc.

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