Starter home: Clonakilty, Co Cork, €159,000

Trish Dromey reports on an ideal home for first-timers in Clonakilty.

Sq m 85 (920 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


AFFORDABLE and located within minutes’ walk from the town centre, but in need of upgrading, No 4 Old Chapel Lane in Clonakilty has been attracting first-time buyer attention in recent weeks. 

Bidding has already gone above the asking price of €159,000 and viewings of the 920 sq ft three-bed semi are continuing.

Selling agent Martin Kelleher says there’s a shortage of affordable properties for first-time buyers in the town and adds that this one is well located in a quiet residential area

The 1950s built house has been upgraded over the years and has two ground floor extensions at the rear — one for a bedroom and one for the kitchen. 

Fitted with dual oil-fired heating and mostly double glazed windows, it has kept many original features including exposed ceiling rafters and fireplaces.

The sitting room at the front has painted rafters, a fitted mirror and bookcases, timber flooring and a fireplace. 

The dining room has painted floorboards, a fireplace and an archway to a galley kitchen. 

To the rear there’s a bathroom as well a bedroom with exposed rafters, timber-panelled walls and wardrobes. 

Upstairs there’s a shower room and two timber-floored bedrooms.

Mr Kelleher say the property has character and quirky features, but will need updating and upgrading. 

New owners are likely to put in a new kitchen and bathrooms and improve on the ‘F’ energy rating.

Set on a triangular shaped site, the house has a garden at the front and side and a yard at the rear.

VERDICT: As a property type that’s in scarce supply in Clon, expected to sell well.

Breaking Stories

Pete the Vet: Ireland needs to enforce existing animal cruelty laws

'My dad's last gift to me was to save my life': DPP directs no criminal charges in death of man who died saving daughter

Street pastors assist Leaving Cert revellers with 'dozens' of pairs of flip flops

Boy seriously hurt in collision between scooter and car


New father’s life ‘changed forever’ after he was run over by surgeon

More From The Irish Examiner