Bishopstown, Cork €320,000

Size: 120sq m (1,320sq ft)
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3

The back garden faces south, the kitchen has been re-done, central heating’s in place and windows are double glazed – so, doing further work on 24 Westgate shouldn’t break the bank. This mid-1900s three-bed semi-d, in Cork’s Bishopstown, is close to many key western suburban services and is guided at €320,000 by estate agent James G Coughlan as a clean buy for new owners, just needing decorative upgrades.

As it stands, it’s got an attached garage, and this can be converted, or replaced and re-built back up again over two levels for extra beds and baths. Many neighbours have done this, and others have gone up into attics: some have done both, and these are homes that grow with the flow, with gardens big enough to facilitate many extension options, notes agent Jim Coughlan.

Right now, No 2 has just a tad over 1,300 sq ft, with nice hall, two distinct reception rooms with tiled fireplaces, and a kitchen with new oak units and tiling. There’s also a utility, with WC.

Overhead two of the three bedrooms are doubles and have built-ins.

“It’s a lovely clean and accommodating house, in a top location,” adds Mr Coughlan.

VERDICT: a few hundred euros spend on attic and lagging jacket insulation will give the poor-seeming BER a boost.


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