Starter home: Ballinlough Road, Cork €165,000

Location on the city end of Cork’s Ballinlough Road is paired with that old chestnut — potential — as key selling points for this two-bed townhouse.

Starter home: Ballinlough Road, Cork €165,000

Sq m 74 (790 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

BER: Pending

No 6 Pinewood will pay dividends for the right buyer — someone who won’t mind rolling up their sleeves and doing a bit of work, or someone prepared to have someone deliver the dream to them, on what should be a modest builder’s budget.

This mid-terrace townhouse, dating to the early 1900s, is for sale with Jeremy Murphy and Fiona Waldron, of Jeremy Murphy, and they say it needs fairly full modernisation, or heavy-duty TLC.

But, the selling points are those old chestnuts, potential and location. Neighbouring homes show what can be done to houses of this era, adds Ms Waldron.

It’s at the city end of the Ballinlough Road, 50 metres from its start by the Douglas Road and St Finbarr’s Hospital, and that puts it within a 10-plus minutes walk of the city centre.

It’s got a slim back garden that has a sunny, southerly aspect, so that’s another box-ticker, and inside it has lots of old house features, for good and ill, for new owners to work with.

They include original doors, a nice period slate fireplace in the front reception room which has a bay window, a more modest cast iron fireplace in the back dining room, and the two overhead bedrooms also have simple. original cast iron fireplaces.

The kitchen’s to the back, and is pretty bare, while overhead is the bathroom, in a sort of return off the stairs, with high ceilings.

VERDICT: Not very large, but well set, and a refurb will make it neat, tidy and homely. Great scope, on a small scale.

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