Are these the cheapest houses in Cork?
A far cry from the Celtic Tiger property prices, €165,000 could net you not one, not two but five budget properties — if you’re prepared to do some work to them
With guide prices of between €30,000 and €35,000, the houses located in Youghal, Macroom and Skibbereen are the cheapest in Cork.
Just seven years ago similar houses would have been sold for as much as €100,000 per house, now however, they’re being sold at two thirds less.
In the height of the boom years, €30,000 would get you a top-of-the-range kitchen, a wedding, a car and a stone hot tub.
Now, for anyone not afraid to get their hands dirty, an entire house can be snapped up for the same price.
Shay Cronin of Cronin Wall Auctioneers in Youghal has reported a ‘lot of interest’ since Number 2, North Cross Lane went up for sale on Monday guiding at €30,000.
The three-bedroom, unfinished, mid-terrace, south-facing house is in need of work — a lot of it.
“We’ve had a lot of interest and a lot of viewing this week. In the height of the boom this house would have sold, as it is, for €120,000. It’s in a really quiet area and is a tradesman’s dream. Many of the people who have looked at it so far are from Cork city who had been looking for mobile homes, but they can cost €50,000,” Shay said.
Another €30,000 house is up for sale at Cork Street in Macroom and there’s also value for money to be had in the west Cork town of Skibbereen where three properties are up for sale for €35,000 each.
Numbers 32, 46 and 48 St Fachna’s Terrace have a combined price of €105,000.
All three properties are under offer at the moment.