Starter home: Pouladuff Road, Cork City €275,000

Tommy Barker says a suburban house benefits from space — in and out.

Sq m 136 (1,460 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER: C3

Best Feature: Space, garden

Thanks to a very decent wrap-around ground floor extension, there’s now twice the living space at this Marian Park home, near Cork city’s Lough, off the Pouladuff Road.

Set in the corner of a quiet cul de sac and called St Jude’s this is however no lost cause: in fact, it’s well worth chasing after.

Why so? Well, first up there’s a very decent- sized, corner garden behind, well able to accommodate lively kids, and a few goal posts or trampolines. Or dogs, or a polytunnel — it’s just a decent size, and the extension and deck area barely make a mark on it.

Starter home: Pouladuff Road, Cork City €275,000

There’s now a good selection of ground floor living/family rooms (plus utility/storage in the old kitchen section), one with vaulted ceiling but the scene stealer is the kitchen/dining/living space to the rear, over 30’ wide, and 13’ deep, with two access point to the back garden.

Selling agent is Sean McCarthy of ERA Downey McCarthy, who guides this most accommodating of homes at €275,000 and who’s getting positive viewing responses.

The work was all done around 2007, with external insulation in the older house section and it’s a walk-in job, close to the city, UCC, CUH and the Lough.

If there’s a downside, it’s in the fact there are only three bedrooms, and one of those has an en suite shower room, so for larger or growing families, there may be a need for one more bedroom — but, there are options at least at ground level to annex one of the existing living rooms without having to bring back in the builders.

VERDICT: Surprising amount of space.


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