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One of Ireland's Most Famous Houses Just Went Up For Sale (at a Bargain Price)

May 2022

By Shannon L Acton

Founder, Bargain Homes Abroad

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Cobh, West Cork Ireland

3 beds | 1 bath | 90m2


An iconic painted row house made famous by Instagram has just hit the market in a quaint seaside town of Cobh. Located on the southern coast of County Cork in western Ireland. Formerly known as Queenstown, Cobh (pronounced “Cove” not “Cobe”) is also famous as the last port of call for the Titanic in 1912.


Built in 1850, the colorful cluster of 23 "Deck of Cards" row houses was designed by Queen Victoria's architect, and is also known as "West View". Easily one of the most recognizable features of the city (if not all of Ireland), an Instagram hashtag search of #Cobh shows over 127K posts, the majority of which are these sloping ladies!

The house that has come on the market is the last one, closest to the center of town, and boasts St. Colman’s Cathedral as its backdrop. And while it's a protected structure, the interior is in need of updating (at least $50k in cosmetic upgrades. More, if there are any major mechanical or plumbing issues)

This gem could make a tremendous investment property as a short term vacation rental (with the much needed renovations mentioned above). We found two homes from this famous block listed on Airbnb that command over $300/night, and AirDNA "MarketMinder" data shows that the area has over 71% occupancy rate. 

Who wants to go in with me? :)

Source: DAFT.IE

From the Listing:

"Built circa 1850 no. 23 West View is the last house on this terrace of gable fronted houses. Built on a sloping terrain each house follows the gradient and presents a remarkable streetscape which makes this one of the most photgraphed streets in Ireland. The property which is a protected structure has a charming oriel window to first floor and pitched slate roof. This the last house (23 houses in total) on the lower end of West View so it is the closest to Cobh town centre - a mere 3 minute walk away. Note the attached garage does not form part of the property being offered for sale. Accommodation comprises :- Hall, sittingroom which opens to fitted kitchen. Shower room, 3 bedrooms. Enclosed stone walled yard to rear. Double glazed pvc windows. Natural gas central heating. Viewing highly recommended BER Exempt P24AP52 ACCOMMODATION Note Measurements are in feet and inches. Entrance hall 12''0" x 3'6" with under stairs storage. Sitting room 11' 10" x 11'0" with tiled fireplace Opens to Kitchen 10'0" x 9'0" Fitted floor and wall mounted units and window to yard. First Floor:- Bedroom no. 1 (front) 15'4" x 11'0" with feature bay window and fitted robes. Shower room (rear) 9'10" x 8'1" Tiled. Electric shower, whb, wc and hot press Second floor:- Bedroom 2 (front) 15'8" x 10'10" water tank here. Bedroom 3 (rear) 10'3" x 9'1" Outside Large enclosed stone walled yard at rear. Stone built storage shed."


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