In the market for a fixer-upper? Sure, they require more TLC than other properties, but the pay-off of seeing your dream home come together is worth it in the end.
Buying a house ready for move-in would save you a world of hassle, but sometimes half the fun is in the glow-up. It’s not often pretty (nor is it cheap), but the satisfaction of seeing something substandard become something truly special cannot be underestimated.
All some properties need is a fresh coat of paint or some new flooring, others, however, require much more work, so it’s important to keep in mind just how much you’re willing to take on. Below are three fixer-uppers around the country – all under the €200,000 mark – that could use a little love, but are definitely worth the investment.
761 Rowanville, Kildare, Co. Kildare, €191,000
This three-bed semi-detached property sits on a superb site at the top of a popular estate in Kildare town. Blessed with a large backyard, along with a small patch of greenery out front, a little bit of pruning and a quick mow would bring both areas up to speed.
Inside, the property could benefit from some internal updating. That said, many of the rooms are still livable so could be moved into and worked on room by room if required.
Coolsnaghtig, Dunmanway, Co. Cork, €120,000
Immersed in nature down in Co Cork, this beautifully positioned stone cottage boasts expansive views of the nearby Sheehy mountain range. Located about 5 miles north of Dunmanway, it comes with approximately 1.1 acres of land, though it is in need of the usual upgrades.
The interiors are in good condition but could do with some modernising, and there is huge potential for personalisation, particularly in the bedrooms and the living area.
5 Fairview Cottages, Mulgrave Street, Co. Limerick, €170,000
A charming three-bed cottage on Mulgrave Street, number 5 Fairview is just a short walk away from Limerick city centre and all its amenities.
Bright and surprisingly spacious, the property comprises an entrance hallway, living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, bathroom, three bedrooms and a shower room. Well-kept and tidy, the property itself doesn’t need much work and a fresh lick of paint/some new tiles would give the place enough of a facelift to make it feel brand-new.
A small, secluded garden can be found to the rear of the building while a walled courtyard sits to the front.