Pouladuff Road, Cork city: €280,000

Carrying the sylvan-sounding name of Woodbine Chateau is this fascinating 1950s bungalow, near the Lough on Cork’s Pouladuff Road — and it’s well worth a peek.

Already a decent large size at 2,000 sq ft thanks to a box dormer addition and a simple sun room to the back, its trump card apart from old-world character is a smashing site of one-third of an acre, so close to the city, to UCC and the wildfowl sanctuary of The Lough. If you’re stuck for a more precise location, think the old Atlantic Homecare/Woodies DIY store on Pouladuff Road.

And, that proximity to Woodies is useful surely, as Woodbine Lawn is a do-er upper, needing pretty much a full modernising makeover. It’s still got its original steel windows, andthat allied to some open fires plus some gas ones helps propel it to a lowly-enough E1 BER.

Yet, Woodbine Chateau should easily enough turn around for those in the know, and even cuter viewers might even try and negotiate access via third parties to the end of the third of an acre of mature garden via Fairy Lawn by the Lough... if that hasn’t already been tried?

As it stands, it has a large 26’ by 12’ living/diningrom with bay window, similar sized kitchen/dining, as well as a family room, and optional lounge/bed six in a garage conversion.

Two of its 5/6 bedrooms are up at attic level, with a bathroom, while the ground floor guest WC has a bidet.

VERDICT: Real opportunity, great garden site and under offer already at €240,000.


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