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Video: At £20K is this Northern Ireland's cheapest house for sale?

You might need a sledge hammer to get through the front door, but Belfast's cheapest home could be yours for just £20,000.

For around the same cost as a new car, the east Belfast property is within walking distance of Connswater Shopping Centre and just a few steps from the popular Belmont Road with its eateries and shops.

It is also less than two miles from City Hall.

Based in the east Belfast suburb of Strandtown, the house at Parkgate Avenue is currently derelict with its windows and door bricked up - but could still be a good investment for a handy cash buyer.

In comparison, two other houses on the same street are currently being marketed for £50,000 and £88,000 respectively.

This end terrace property is in need of significant modernisation but could be an investment opportunity for those who have the right skills or good trade connections.

Jonathan Dickon, east Belfast branch manager at Simon Brien Estate Agents, said he expected there would be a lot of interest in the property. "The lack of supply on the housing market in east Belfast makes this a good opportunity for an investor; the area is very popular with buy-to-let developers and there has been a lot of regeneration nearby.

"In layman's terms it is a big job, but I think it will appeal to a lot of experienced developers, cash-rich and looking to renovate."

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