8 July 2021
By Tom Collins
Presenting 1A Thomond Square (also known as “Gate Lodge” or “The Lodge”), Old Blackrock Road (opposite South Infirmary), Cork City, T12 FC7W – just a few doors away from well-known pub ‘Paddy the Farmers’. This property could be the answer to someones prayers!
On 14 August 2014, this property sold for €47,500 (it had an asking price of €50,000). At that time it was described by the then estate agent as being “Gate Lodge, Thomond Square” and it needed some modernisation. Fast forward 7 years and it’s now described as “1A Thomond Square” and has indeed been modernised by its Newcestown based owner. Everything that could be done has been done. According to the estate agent’s listing, someone was paying €1,100 per month for this home until recently.
Where is the home?
When size doesn’t matter
A shoebox unit is a home of 500 square feet (46.45 m2) or less, generally designed for a single occupant. This tiny home in Cork City is even smaller than that, according to the Estate Agent’s listing it’s just 376.73 square feet (35m2), that’s less than the size of a 2-car garage, but as any property expert will tell you; it’s all about the location. If it has the benefit of a sea view, river view, or is in a City that can outweigh the negatives of the small space.
Estate Agent’s Description
- Entrance Hallway – Laminate floor, utility area plumbed for washing machine.
- Bathroom – Guest WC & WHB, Power Shower extensively tiled.
- Kitchen / Living Room – Laminate floor, fully fitted kitchen with stainless steel sink & drainer, integrated hob, oven, extractor and fridge freezer.
- Bedroom – Fitted double bed with built in shelving with dressing room.
- Mezzanine area – ideal for storage.
- Outside – Small area to the front with gate.
What is the floor area?
A named person applied for Planning Permission for “Retention for porch and bathroom extension to western elevation of existing dwelling house which is a Protected Structure” under Planning Register Number 20/39509 on 28/08/2020, but the Planning Enquiry System of Cork City Council indicates that particular application was refused. Interestingly, the scanned application form stated that the floor space of the property was 30m2 which is even smaller than the 35m2 on the estate agent’s listing. Further, the estate agents listing from circa 2014 actually listed the area as only 27m2.