Starter home: St Luke’s Cross, Cork, €210,000

Trish Dromey says No 1 is beautifully gift-wrapped and ready to go.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


Best Feature: Super-smart makeover

Everything that needed doing at 1 Marian Ville, off Alexandra Road in Cork city’s St Luke’s area has been done. The three bed end of terrace house has a new roof, new double glazed windows, kitchen units, bathroom fittings, doors and floors. Looking brighter and lighter and much more modern, it has been attracting lots of attention.

Starter home: St Luke’s Cross, Cork, €210,000

“We booked 11 viewings on the first day — we are showing it to first- time buyers, investors and buyers who want to trade down,’’ says Kevin Barry of Barry Auctioneers who is guiding it at €210,000.

Starter home: St Luke’s Cross, Cork, €210,000

The attraction isn’t just the modernised interior but also the location near St Luke’s Cross within walking distance of the city centre. Spruced up both inside and out, the property offers 753 sq ft of living space. Downstairs there’s a living room with walnut flooring and a new stove as well as a long narrow kitchen which must have been dark before it had six roof lights and double doors. Now bright, white and modern it has fitted units and walnut flooring.

Starter home: St Luke’s Cross, Cork, €210,000

The ground floor also has a newly redone bathroom and a carpeted room which is listed as the third bedroom. The first floor has two more bedrooms with dormer windows and views out across the city. During renovations a new en suite shower room was added to one of these.

Starter home: St Luke’s Cross, Cork, €210,000

In giving the property a complete makeover the owners didn’t neglect the long narrow back yard — the walls have been painted white, a narrow flower bed put in and the ground has been decked.

Starter home: St Luke’s Cross, Cork, €210,000

VERDICT: Despite the fact that Christmas is almost upon us, 3,500 people have viewed it online this week.


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