In need of TLC and new owner

OH there’s nothing like a fixer-upper to get the imagination racing. Take one wreck, add a few bob, time, effort and a good dash of stress and get a one-off, customised cottage.

That’s basically the offer at 5 Beaumont Lane, in Beaumont, Cork, where a rundown cottage will appeal to the inner romantic in buyers. Yes, the property near Longboats pub in Ballintemple is in a bit of a state, but there’s huge potential to turn this neglected house into a little love nest.

The price on the cottage is €175,000 through Jackie Cohalan of Cohalan Downing and you could bring that up to €200,000 for a liveable home.

The potential ‘doteyness’ needs to be off set against the potential for budget and time overruns which will test the mettle of even the most devoted fantasist.

However, with 700 square feet or so, the transition from lonesome lodge to cute cottage may not be too hard.

And at the end, you get a period property in a great area for the price of an anonymous apartment or outer suburban estate house.

It’s in the location and style of property that makes the house attractive to a certain type of buyer, says Jackie Cohalan and it offers character in a great location.

The pub is three doors up, and there are delicatessens and restaurants close by.

The two big shopping centres of Mahon and Douglas are a close drive away, while the city is a 30-minute walk.

Plus, there’s parking outside the door and Number 5 is part of a quiet cul-de-sac of cottages, many of which have been modified.

There’s an unfinished bathroom and main bedroom on the upper floor with one large living room and two other rooms on the ground floor.

This could be made into one big, kitchen/living/dining room with a bank of glass at the rear as the yard is south-west facing. Worth a look for first-timers.


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