Starter home: Blarney Street, Cork €265,000

Tommy Barker says this three-storey five-bedroomed family home on Cork city’s Blarney Street offers excellent convenience to the city centre.

Starter home: Blarney Street, Cork €265,000

Size: 150 sq m (1,600 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2

BER: Pending

Best Feature: City space

IF YOU were to move it 200 metres to the south, down along the nearby Sunday’s Well Avenue, this house could cost up to €500,000, reckons estate agent Con Nagle of Global Properties.

As it stands, he guides the large, three-storey and five bedroomed home of character No 73 Blarney Street at €265,000.

A period era mid-terraced home, at the city end of the very long Blarney Street, No 73 has been in the same family’s hands for 30 years, and now, with family reared, it’s trading down time.

Mr Nagle says it’s a gem, has been very well kept and updated by its vendors, while still keeping faith with its roots (there’s some attractive exposed stone walls in the stair well).

After recent purchase moves on it fell through, “it’s a must-view for somebody who values city living,” says Mr Nagle.

Streetside No 73 has two ground floor reception rooms, with wood floors and original fireplaces, plus kitchen with garden access, and has high ceilings, with five bedrooms and two bathrooms over the next two levels.

The first floor is home to three bedrooms (one’s currently used as a laundry) and family bathroom, and the top attic level has two bedrooms, one with en suite, and there are conservation-style rooflights in the sloping bedroom ceilings.

Heating is via oil, windows are double glazed and there’s a long south-facing garden to the back with city views.

VERDICT: The city centre’s almost on the doorstep, Shandon Street is 200 metres away, and the Opera House is about 400 metres from über-convenient No 73

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