Trading up: Douglas, Cork €330,000

House sales in a solid, though older, suburban estate like Browningstown in Douglas show the pace of house price inflation/recovery over the past five years.

Reports this week noted that Cork house prices have risen 38% since 2013, and the 2016 asking price now for this doer-upper at Lissadell, Browningstown at €330,000 via agent James Crowley shows just how the pick up has gone.

Back in 2012, five Browningstown homes sold for prices between €210,000 and €289,000. Buyers who moved in 2015 by contrast paid prices of €327,000, €330,000, €340,0000 and €382,000 for semi-ds in the same network of parks, in varying conditions of decor and repair.

New to market with Mr Crowley is Lissadell, a semi with some work done, but really this three-bed of 1,090 sq ft needs ‘the works’ all done to it.

It has gas central heating and windows in front have been replaced, but not at the back (where they are still the lovely old frames with horizontal divides, very much a local Browningstown feature) and the BER is a lowly G.

It has an attached garage, linked to the house by a basic sun room and side garage off the kitchen, which has 1970s Murray-style units, and there’s a guest WC under the stairs, plus two reception rooms with a gas fireplace in the back room.

VERDICT: Great location, long west-facing walled back garden. You could buy a house here that looks more modern, but may need much the same modernisation, insulation etc.

Douglas, Cork


Size: 101 sq m (1,090 sq ft)

Bathrooms: 2

Bedrooms: 3



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