Property rises from ashes

Reconstructed home is neat as a pin and close to city centre

Location: Cork City, €139,000
Size: 55 sq m (600 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1
BER rating: B2
Best feature: Good as new

JUST as good as a new house — and in the city centre, near Cork’s rail station — that’s the old terraced home 153 Lower Glanmire Road, arisen from the ashes of fire damage, with cool back yard.

The fortunes of this terraced home within a short, level walk of the city centre, took a turn for the worst a year or so ago when a fire started in an upstairs bedroom of this c. century old property.

It meant lots of work had to be done to reinstate it, but it has all been tackled, from foundations to roof, including new windows, kitchen, stairs, floor, plumbing, electrics, the lot.

“It’s a reconstructed home,” notes selling agent Mark Gosling of Behan Irwin Gosling, who seeks €139,000 for the finished entity, neat as a pin, and with about 600 sq ft in all.

He started first viewings this week, as soon as the outside wall’s paint was dry, and the house is back better than ever, he stresses. His first viewers were a mix of owner-occupiers and investors as “it would rent straight off, it’s so good inside, and you’d get good tenants who’d appreciate the quality”.

He says it’s bright, and feels spacious even if is only about 600 sq ft, and adding to the brightness is the whitewashed old rear courtyard with feature stone arches; it’s reached from the main living room, which has an open fire. This back yard has great character, and is private and not overlooked, with a sheltered cover for recycling bins and bikes, and enough space to sit out and catch some rays of sun, even if it is north-facing. Its kitchen has gloss units, utilities are tucked under the stairs, and the bathroom with shower is downstairs.

Overhead, the main bedroom’s to the front, with two low-set windows, and behind are two more bedrooms, with Veluxes, plus some tiny windows.

The Cork-Midleton/Cobh line runs to the back of this Lower Glanmire Road terrace, as it has just crossed the road by the bridge at Water Street to the west, and there’s a bus stop in front for journeys east, or trips out of town.

* Meanwhile, also for sale in the same vicinity is the more formal, taller (over-basement) Georgian-looking terraced home at 35 Lower Glanmire Road, marked out by a slender fanlight over its front door. Townhouse No 35 is for sale with agents Murray Browne, guiding €175,000, and has had replacement sash windows, with four beds, three baths, and it, too, has had other modernising work done on it.

It has a sunny south-facing back courtyard garden and has shared access to a rear lane, while the back of the house’s upper level looks out on the myriad rail tracks and shunting yard just east of Kent rail station.

VERDICT: Right on track choices of interesting, redone older home, on the fringe of the city centre.


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