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Belfast's cheapest house gets amazing makeover - take a peek inside


The property in east Belfast was boarded up before its sale
The property in east Belfast was boarded up before its sale
After: £125k
The new kitchen is impressive
The bright living room area

By Rebecca Black

This is the incredible transformation of what was once one of Belfast's cheapest houses.

From crumbling ruin on the market for around the price of a car to a swish, modernised city pad snapped up just weeks after going on sale. Number 22 Parkgate Avenue, in the Strandtown area of east Belfast, was initially put on the market in a dire condition last year for just £20,000.

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With a bricked-up door and windows, it was not even possible to see inside.

However, buyers were undeterred and saw the potential - if not the inside of the property - in a popular area of east Belfast, a short distance from the city centre.

A bidding war commenced, which saw the price it eventually sold for last year increase to three times what was initially asked for.

The house went on to become one of the most popular properties ever advertised by estate agents Simon Brien.

Fast forward a year and the end terrace house has been completely transformed. Marketing photographs show the previously wild front garden transformed to a neat lawn.

The new wooden front door leads into a wooden-floored hallway and a compact, but bright, living room, boasting a feature fireplace.

But the biggest transformation comes in the kitchen, freshly painted white with a sleek hob, built-in ovens and a breakfast bar peninsula - a far cry from the old, narrow-galley kitchen frequently found in similarly aged properties - and a dining room leading out on to a tidy back garden.

Upstairs, there is a brand new bathroom suite and two bedrooms. Unrecognisable from its condition in 2017, the property went on the market in April for £125,000, a significantly higher price than other houses on the street which have recently sold, and was snapped up in weeks, according to Simon Brien, who marketed the property again after its refurbishment.

However, bargain hunters need not despair, as there are a number of properties currently on the market at very low prices, including a three bedroom mid-terrace house at 15 Egeria Street in south Belfast with an asking price of £30,000.

And like 22 Parkgate Avenue last year, it is in need of a total refurbishment.

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