Starter home: Dublin Hill, Cork €245,000

No 35 Delaney Park on Dublin Hill is unrecognisable as the small terraced house it once was. Dramatic changes have been brought about by the addition of two storey partially timber clad extension at the rear and by creative redecoration, writes Trish Dromey.

Previous owners put on the the extension but the current owners, who purchased in 2006, are responsible for the very striking décor which selling agents ERA Downey McCarthy say is worthy of an interior designer.

Within a 10-minute walk from Blackpool Shopping Centre, the house has both a front sitting room and a front living room — both with dark timber flooring and striking patterned curtains — while the brown and cream living room has a fireplace and a feature floral papered wall.

In the rear extension there’s a utility room as well as a large open-plan kitchen dining room which has modern Prague ivory coloured units, walnut worktops, and a centre island unit.

Upstairs there’s a bathroom as well as four stylish bedrooms, decorated with patterned curtains and carefully chosen accessories and wall art. The largest one has an en suite.

Starter home: Dublin Hill, Cork €245,000

Effort has also been expended on the back garden which has decking, paving, gravel beds and views across the rooftops of the city. Out front, on a higher level, is a driveway with space for one car.

Auctioneer Gary O’Donnell of ERA says it’s a quirky, well located property which is good value at this price since it cost €365,000 in 2006.

VERDICT: Stylish and distinctive.

Dublin Hill, Cork

€245,000

Sq m 115 (1,238 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER:D1

Best Feature: extended and modern.


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