Straw­berry field can be per­fect lo­ca­tion for a knock­down price

Tr­ish Dromey says that ren­o­vat­ing this prop­erty on the Dou­glas Road might be too much ef­fort and start­ing again from scratch is likely

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Starter Homes -

Hid­ing be­hind a grey win­dow­less back wall on the Dou­glas Road, is a very pretty pink cot­tage with an al­most secret gar­den.

Alverna looks too pretty to knock but sell­ing agents Wood­ward Auc­tion­eers ex­pect this will most likely be its fate be­cause up­grad­ing the 1870s built cot­tage would be a major un­der­tak­ing.

But its lo­ca­tion - one hun­dred me­tres from the Cross Dou­glas Road, just one and a half kilo­me­tres from the city cen­tre – as well as its 335 sq me­tre site, has been caus­ing phones to hop at Wood­wards.

Alverna is one of a small num­ber of prop­er­ties that face away from the Dou­glas Road, rather than to­wards it. There rea­son for this is that it pre­dates the road, and was orig­i­nally a mar­ket gar­den prop­erty called Straw­berry Cot­tage.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the dormer cot­tage in­cludes a liv­ing room with a tim­ber fire­place, a tiled din­ing room and a kitch­enette with a sink, presses and a ter­razzo floor.

There’s also a ground floor bath­room with a cast iron bath while up­stairs there are three bed­rooms over­look­ing the gar­den. Fit­ted with elec­tric stor­age heaters and in re­cent years with dou­ble glazed win­dows, Alverna is ex­pected to se­cure a G BER Rating.

Averno has a pretty south fac­ing gar­den with lawns, a car­port and a crazy paved path­way as well as beds with a pro­fu­sion of flow­ers, shrubs and bushes.

VER­DICT: likely to be re­placed with a new build, as a lodge across the road also got knocked in the past month.

Dou­glas Road, Cork €250,000 Sq m 92 (1,000 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 3 Bath­rooms: 1 BER: Pend­ing

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