Starter home: Capwell Avenue, Cork, €250,000

Three-bed semi’s within walking distance of city, writes Trish Dromey.

Size: 89sq m (957sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


The key attraction of St Catherine’s on Cork’s Capwell Avenue is its convenience, within walking distance of the city centre, in this residentially mature, suburban location.

Built in the 1920s, the three-bed semi was decorated for another era, but has been carefully maintained.

Seeking offers of €250,000, Conor Lynch of James G Coughlan auctioneers says the interior is as pretty a doll’s house.

Accommodation in the 957 sq ft house includes a front sitting room which has all the signs of being a mid-20th Century “good room” reserved for receiving visitors. 

With floral carpets and furnishing, a chandelier, cornicing, and a display cabinet for china and glass, it’s the type of room you don’t see in many modern three-bed semis.

To the rear, there’s a more functional TV room with laminated flooring and a fireplace. 

A single storey extension at the rear, added at a later stage, provided space for a kitchen with a small number of modern units, a small utility area and a good sized bathroom.

The first floor has three bedrooms including one with an en-suite WC.

Keeping the décor of another era means that the house doesn’t have one of the main comfort comforts of modern times — there are fireplaces but there isn’t central heating. 

It has been fitted with aluminium double-glazing and has G BER rating, which obviously needs upgrading.

In keeping with the well-kept interior, the property has well maintained gardens with lawns, shrubs, flowering plants and old shed. In front, there’s parking, and to the rear, a patio for sitting out.

VERDICT: Viewers may want to update the décor and modernise — but they won’t find fault with the location — exactly 1km from Cork City Hall.

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