Douglas Road, Cork €220,000

Pretty much all of the original features of its era are intact at this hide-away Douglas Road home, 5 Rocklawn. And, while that’s to the good, the downside is the century-old mid-terraced home, among six in-a-row, now needs a fairly full renovation.

Windows have been replaced at this three-storey, c 1,500 sq ft Victorian house up a narrow cul de sac lane next to the Douglas swimming pool and public park pedestrian entrance, but the rest’s a job for a builder and, eventually, the decorators. No 5 carries a €220,000 asking price via agent Timothy Sullivan, who says it was lived in until earlier this year but needs significant extra investment. It has a very long front garden (some on the terrace have made parking spaces without too much loss of lawn), and an overgrown north-facing back yard with space for a lean-to sun room.

Its two ground floor reception rooms and two first floor bedrooms have original fireplaces, and the attic level has three more rooms.The houses back on to the popular ’nurseries’ public park, with a short wooded circuit leading to a former small quarry, while just to the east are two playing pitches, municipal swimming pool and playground. There’ s also schools close-by.

VERDICT: Three-bed semis locally have now outpriced the asking price on venerable No 5.


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