Starter home: Shandon Street, Cork City €135,000

€135,000 Shandon St house has ground-floor shop, says Tommy Barker.

Size: 125 sq m (1,350 sq ft)

Bathrooms: 2

BER: G

Best Feature: Old city heart

FOR €135,000, No 112, Shandon Street, offers a shop, a home and a good view of Shandon steeple. From here, you could probably tell the time on Shandon clock, although as Corkonians know, the four clocks on the tower are famously inconsistent.

The property is one of a pair of gable-fronted houses with steeply pitched roofs — a style that was very fashionable in the 1760s, when these were built and which now provides interesting architectural variation on Shandon Street.

Starter home: Shandon Street, Cork City €135,000

Offering 1,350 sq ft over three floors, including a ground-floor commercial unit, the property could be used for either commercial or residential purposes.

Auctioneer Gillian McDonnell, of Sherry FitzGerald, got viewings off to a good start this week, when she secured a bid at the asking price.

She describes the property as being in good decorative order and says it has many original features, including moulded window surrounds, floorboards, and beams.

At ground-level, there’s a tiled shop with display units, as well as a WC. Formerly a hairdresser’s salon, this has not been used in several years. 

Starter home: Shandon Street, Cork City €135,000

At one side, there’s a separate entrance, opening into a hallway, with a staircase and a door to a utility room.

The first floor has two timber-floored rooms — a living room at the front and a kitchen/dining room at the rear. The second floor has two bedrooms, a bathroom and views.

On-street at the front, the property has a small yard at the rear.

It has single-glazed windows, and storage heating at ground level, but doesn’t have central heating upstairs. Purchasers will probably want to improve on the G energy rating.

VERDICT: affordable, interesting, and within walking distance of the city centre


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