Tiny hideaway for a tidy price

A SMALL parcel, to be sure, but also an easy buy is 14 Post Office Avenue in Cork city’s old Blackrock village suburb.

The one-bed terraced hidey-home has just 430sq ft of space, already has a certain jaunty character, and any work can be done on a budget that won’t break the bank.

Fancy drylining walls or increasing insulation levels generally, or replacing the slate roof? This is so small, it could probably be done with off-cuts from a job being done on far bigger houses. A bit of selective skip-searching might unearth a lot for a place of this modest size.

A new market arrival, No 14 carries a €105,000 asking price with agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry Fitzgerald, who points out that it is owner-occupied, in a cul de sac, in a great location with the Marina and Blackrock village just a few minutes’ walk away. “It’s in fair condition and needs some upgrading, but this can be done relatively cheaply and the end result will be a really cosy home.”

At present, there’s a small entry lobby, a living room off it with windows front and back, a galley kitchen with shower room, and one overhead bedroom. Warmth currently comes from electric storage heating, and there’s a 1970s style small marble fireplace in the ceiling-beamed living room.

Options for doing up might include going for more quality space by making it all more open plan, with maybe a mezzanine glimpsed overhead, putting a Velux in the compact slate roof etc. No 14 has just a small back yard, making all in all for a neat, small and affordable package.


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