Starter home: Windmill Road, Cork City €195,000

Tommy Barker says No 14 Frankfield Villas has three bedrooms, views of hills and sports fields, and scope at the rear for play or gardening.

Starter home: Windmill Road, Cork City €195,000

Sq m 77 (830 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1


WINDMILL Road, in Cork City, is long and narrow on the uphill stretch, in contrast to the very big back of the end-of-terrace house, No 14 Frankfield Villas — where the view beyond is vaster again, uninterrupted, towards Cork’s airport and the Frankfield hills across the city’s southern suburbs.

Beyond the 60-ft-long back garden behind No 14 are playing fields for Coláiste Chríost Rí, and the Capwell Bus Eireann garage, though all you really see from the house’s back rooms is sky.

It’s at odds with the narrow Windmill Road in front, which links with High Street at its top, and Summerhill south at its bottom; for anyone who wants to live in Cork City, but not feel hemmed-in, No 14 will fit the bill.

The garden’s big enough for a kick-around, or even a polytunnel. No 14 is new to market with estate agent, John Barry, of Frank V Murphy & Co, he prices it at €195,000, and has it under early offer. It’s an 830 sq ft, three-bed, end-of-terrace home.

It dates to the 1930s and the builder did several other houses here in this ‘villas’ stretch, and kept the biggest gardens with No 14, because he lived there.

The current owners have it since the 1960s, and it now needs modernising, but the heavy-duty work has been tackled. It has been underpinned and the drains were replaced in 2000, overseen by a tough engineer task-master. The windows were done ten years ago, and the roof redone 25 years ago.

VERDICT: Villa with vista.

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