Starter homes

We view a selection of starter homes from around the country

Turners Cross, Cork €160,000

Sq m: 114 (1,235 sq ft)
Bathrooms: 3
BER rating: F

Needing doing up, but in a handy Cork southside location is the three-bed semi 6 Green Lawn, off Curragh Road.

Near schools, shops, an Aldi, Musgrave Park (where there’s a planning application for a drive thru’ McDonalds) and more, it’s also within a walk of the city centre.

Apart from the standard semi-d layout, it has a ground floor shower room, sun room, attached garage, and parking for several cars in front, plus back garden. Agent Jeremy Murphy guides at €160,000, accepting it needs lots of updating.

VERDICT: Corner setting mightn’t suit younger families.

Rochestown, Cork €100,000

Sq m: 55 (595 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
BER rating: C1

It might have only one bedroom, but the apartment 44 Maple Court in the Cork Mount Oval development has lots going for it.

It has an enclosed paved rear garden and a parking spot, is comfortable with double glazing, gas heating and a good C1 BER, and has a main 16’ by 14’ living space off the galley kitchen, notes selling agent Clair O’Sullivan of Savills, guiding €100,000.

VERDICT: Handy size and setting for a single.


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