Ev­ery­thing’s in Place at Bel­mont, so maybe this could be your No 1

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - STARTER HOMES - writes Tommy Barker

Ex­pect a throng of view­ers and a burst of in­ter­est in No 1, Bel­mont Place — be­cause it deserves it.

New to mar­ket as an ex­ecu­tor sale, it’s a sur­pris­ingly good-or­der early 1900s ter­raced home, just be­yond St Fin­barr’s Hos­pi­tal on the Dou­glas Road, hand­ily graced by a 250’ long back gar­den, nar­row as a rib­bon, but get­ting all day sun. If it was an al­lot­ment, it would feed an ex­tended fam­ily, in­laws and out­laws too. Three storeys tall, with a low ceilinged at­tic room full width of the house it has about 1,400 sq ft of highly us­able space, with a per­fect pitch and southerly rear as­pect.

It’s beg­ging out for new oc­cu­pants who’ll bring it to a slightly higher level of com­fort; the good news is, it won’t swal­low money to get there. Agent Tim Sul­li­van prices the three bed fairly at € 215,000; the last cou­ple of houses in the ad­ja­cent long rows of short ter­races (heights and fea­tures change) each sold for about € 250,000, need­ing do­ing up.

Those last few sales were prob­a­bly of slightly larger houses, and No 1 Bel­mont Place has a sunny, long rear sin­gle storey kitchen off the back re­cep­tion room. This faces across a sun-trap yard to a ground floor wet-room with shower, and bridg­ing the two wings with glass would be a sim­ple ex­pe­di­ent.

Join­ing the two re­cep­tion rooms might be on the cards too, as the wall’s not solid. VER­DICT: Only down­sides are on-street park­ing and ground floor loo.

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