PROPERTY

Just what the patients wanted at the Mercy Hospital, Cork

Carol O’Callaghan visits the new family room at the Mercy University Hospital’s Children’s Leukaemia Unit.

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City life goes up a notch or two in Montenotte, Cork

 

Tommy Barker finds period features intact in a property which housed just four families over two centuries.

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Trading up: Ballintemple, Cork €215,000

High stone walls line Churchyard Lane in Cork’s Ballintemple, but the duplex apartments at Templehill House manage to overlook them in any case. 

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Trading up: Well Road, Cork, €325,000

Many hundreds of apartments got built in the ‘noughties’ in and around Cork city and suburbs, but only a fraction of those were designed for full-time, owner occupation.

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Trading up: Frankfield, Cork, €400,000

East meet west in the suburban Frankfield, Douglas scheme Parkgate – the sizeable 1990s development by O’Flynn Construction is divided up into East and West Avenues.

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Trading up: Cobh, Co Cork €370,000

There’s a sweep of estuary vista from the Great Island, Cork home called Woodside - it could as easily be called Waterview.

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Starter home: Windmill Road, Cork City €195,000

Tommy Barker says No 14 Frankfield Villas has three bedrooms, views of hills and sports fields, and scope at the rear for play or gardening.

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Starter home: Timoleague, West Cork, €149,000

Huge heritage and history lies on the doorstep of West Cork’s Timoleague village - but 4, Station Road is a modern interloper.

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Starter home: Carrignavar, Cork €230,000

A full modernising overhaul has been done on the bungalow called Shalom, within a walk of Cork’s Carrignavar village.

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House of the week: Crosshaven, Co Cork, €275,000

CASTLEPOINT Court might be a modern enough build, but these three-storey houses owe something to the layout of Victorian or Georgian terraces — and the views from here are classic Cork— pure Crosshaven.

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Cash in on Georges Quay bank offices

Bank-related group Certus are pulling out of Cork city offices they had only moved into just 16 months ago, as part of a downsizing move, as it prepares to shed 30% of its workforce and shuts offices in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Limerick.

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It’s lovely, and fair price for Tralee’s Fels Point - one among many

Cork, Kerry and Limerick hotels are among a portfolio of seven profitably trading Irish hotels being sold as a bundle, or individually, by Nama in the so-called Crystal Portfolio, valued all-in at €35m and totalling over 830 beds.

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Kerry seaside holiday home scheme guiding at €1.2m

A Kerry seaside holiday home scheme with 11, large well-built homes with stone facades is for sale for a receiver, guiding €1.2 million, while local reports also suggest the imminent sale of a local hotel or two, to US-based buyers.

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Land at Passage West has full planning, until 2018, for 12 detached houses, and is

Two Cork land parcels and office building on offer in Passage West and Glanmire

A trio of properties being offered for liquidators in Cork include two land parcels, one in Cork harbour’s Passage West for house building the other in Glanmire, for warehousing, along with a Wilton office/retail building totalling 11,000 sq ft.

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Cork city school-yard can be used as pub outdoor dining area

Cork City Council has allowed retention permission for the use of an old city-centre schoolyard as an ancillary to a pub.

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Dripsey Castle House to become €2m family home

Dripsey Castle House and its demesne of 110 acres has been sold for a sum close to its guide price of €2m.

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Thatch-topped rural hideaway in Conna, Co Cork

With similar winsome references to the 300-year-old cottage it replaced, this millennium-built recreation on two acres in East Cork marries the old with the new with a host of modern features and four en-suite bedrooms, writes Tommy Barker.

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Tipperary eco-home build has a new rhythm of life in Cloughjordan

Oliver Moore completes the story of his self-build in the mould-breaking village of Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, where the emphasis is on community and sustainability.

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House of the Week: Ballincollig semi-detached for sale at Coolroe Meadows

It’s moving on time for the owners of No 44, The Close, Coolroe Meadows who, despite extending to the back and adding an attic extensions, seem to have outgrown this family home. 

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Ballincollig, Cork €380k/€450,000

It’s open viewing time this month out in Ballincollig, Cork, with agent Norma Healy, who had lots through the doors of No 12 Chestnut Crescent in the Ovens Classes Lake development on Saturday.

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Limetrees, Douglas €385,000

There’s lots and lots to like at Southwinds, or house No 3 on Limetrees Road, just east of Douglas village, off Rochestown Road.

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Ardrostig, Cork €495,000

This house called Hillcrest, near Dunnes’ Bishopscourt in Cork’s was only built in the 1980s, so shouldn’t need any huge sums spent on it - it just needs discretionary modernising in its decor and some contemporary updates.

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Moneygourney, Douglas, €250,000

Launched the week before Christmas and first shown to viewers the day after Little Christmas, 94 Fort Hill, Moneygourney in Douglas is expected to go sale agreed before the end of January.

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Mid terrace makeover for three-bed in Blackpool, Cork

Trish Dromey catches up on a smart property market home makeover.

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South Parish, Cork City €160,000

A slice of real Cork history comes with 19 Red Abbey Square, a period end-terrace home in one of Cork city’s oldest settings, next door to a ruined 14th century Augustinian abbey tower.

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Mayfield, Cork €150,000

There’s considerable scope at the detached three-bed Mayfield bungalow called Celedene which carries a €150,000 AMV with agent Sean McCarthy of ERA Downey McCarthy.

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Last chance to buy into niche development at Cork’s Evergreen Road

Seven homes in Cork’s South Parish offer modern comforts in an old city quarter, and the last one’s now on offer, writes Tommy Barker.

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Capitol cinema site ripe for ‘Developments’

DEVELOPER John Cleary hasemerged as the preferred bidder for Cork city centre’s prime Capitol cinema site on Grand Parade, and aims to build a mix of big-box retail units, aimed at the likes of Zara and Forever 21, and fourth generation offices on the site which links back to Patrick’s Street. 

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Cork retail deals at a TK Maxx?

RETAIL developments in Cork in the coming months suggest the marketing of the Wilton Shopping Centre, in a portfolio offer, and TK Maxx opening up in the former Tesco unit in Douglas Shopping Centre.

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Further information sought on Douglas Wetherspoons

The proposed conversion of a former bank building in the Cork suburb of Douglas to a Wetherspoon’s pub is the subject of a further information request from planners. 

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Change-of-use sought for a Meadows & Byrne

The founding premises of homewares specialist store, Meadows & Byrne, in Cork City’s Academy Street will only be vacated and leased to restaurant chain, Nando’s, if planning is secured for change-of-use.

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Cloyne Cork house sale has garden attractions

A recent price drop comes with distinctive Belmont House on two and a half acres, says <B>Trish Dromey.</b>

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A sound trading up option in Cork’s Waterfall

<B>Tommy Barker </b>says buyers get a second chance to get into Waterfall estate west of Cork city suburbs.

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Repairing homes after fires can be a burning topic

Once the fire brigade intervenes, a house can be left with water as well as smoke damage, says <B>Caroline Delaney.</b>

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Sixties architecture at Blackrock's Dundanion Court

There’s a stealthily growing appreciation of Modernist architecture in Ireland, and abroad, and now another chance to buy into an award-winning 1960s housing scheme in Cork’s Blackrock has come along.

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Kinsale’s Ardbrack property has it all

Trish Dromey hears about a property in Kinsale that has it all —superb location, stunning views and great size.

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Heron’s Wood home is Carrigaline House of the Week

A CONSIDERED, and well-implemented, side and part-rear extension, is part of the description given to 8 The Oaks by its selling agent Michael O’Donovan, of Savills.

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Douglas Road, Cork €310,000

And the last shall be first? The highest numbered house in Baltimore Lawn, No 20, is the first one you meet on the way into this niche, cul de sac park off Cork city’s Douglas Road.

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The Lough, Cork €500,000

You have to look beyond the existing house at 34 Hartlands Road to see where the €500k value is: it’s in the back garden.

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Cape Clear Island home for  €160,000

Had a Happy Isthmus? West Cork’s Cape Clear island is in two solid masses, linked by a narrowed section of land known as an isthmus between its north and south harbours - and that’s where this Cummer home now up for sale is set.

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Summercove, Kinsale €325,000

Set in almost a courtyard setting, the period era Revatto Lodge and Studio in Kinsale harbour’s Summercove is a manageable buy - for the location.

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Blarney home tells of extra storey

<B>Trish Dromey </b>finds affordable options with agents Coldwell Banker.

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Rochestown, Cork €205,000

Although it’s only 750 sq ft, No 97, Rowan Hill is a comfy pad, and easy to buy and to keep for a single person or a couple. 

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Shopping around for a house in Glanmire priced at just €95,000?

<B>Trish Dromey </b>says recently vacated clothes store on residential terrace in satellite community can easily be returned to its former use as a home.

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Rising tide lifts coastal West Cork properties

<B>Tommy Barker </b>says you can really get away from it all in splendorous isolation overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Starbucks to open first Cork city centre store

GLOBAL coffee giant, Starbucks, is to open its first Cork City centre store, at no 39 Princes Street, a few doors away from the famed English Market.

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The Overdraught bar is ‘paid’ and will soon re-open with a steakhouse menu

The Overdraught has been cleared — or, at least, the bar/restaurant of that name is set to return to business.

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That’s Zamora: wine-and-food restaurant opens on Academy St

Cork’s Academy Street and its adjacent Huguenot Quarter is coming out of recessionary doldrums — and is becoming a foodie quarter: a slew of new restaurants has arrived, with more to come.

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DTZ sees dual-market scenario in Cork office sector

A dual market scenario is emerging in Cork’s offices sector, according to a just-released report by agents DTZ.

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Design comes out of the box in West Cork home

There are both stark and Starck reminders, of very different times, at this one-off West Cork home on the verdant banks of the Argideen River.

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Homely Primrose Hill has blossomed inside

Tower, Co Cork
€239,950
Sq m:134 (1,450)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
BER: N/A
Best Feature: Tasty, bright extension

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Model Farm Road, Cork, €365,000

If you could, somehow, squirrel away €1,000 a day, you’d have this detached family home all paid for in a year’s time: Its €365,000 asking price is a grand for ever day in the year. Wouldn’t it be grand?

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Donnybrook, Cork, €230,000

There’s just a bit over 1,000 sq ft right now in the three-bed semi-d at 6 Springbrook – and it’s in quite its original layout.

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Bishopstown, Cork, €325,000

The four houses in Cork’s Limewood Court were meant to be a calling card for a far-larger Bishopstown scheme of houses, back in 2008 — but, the recession put paid to those plans.

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Killorglin, Kerry, €399,000

This dormer Kerry home at Ardmoniel, on 1.25 acres at Killorglin’s Annadale Road, is a bit two-faced.

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Reenaroga is lovely by the water

Location: Rochestown
Price: €850,000
Sq m 232 (2,500 sq ft)
Beds: 3 (+attic rooms)
Bathrooms: 4
BER: C3
Best Feature: Estuary view

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Connolly's Bookshop premises, on the Paul Street Plaza, is available to rent for €25,000 per annum, as proprietor Adrian Connolly isretiring. Widespread interest is anticipated. Picture: Denis Scannell

A new chapter on Cork’s Paul Street as bookshop ends literary link

New chapters beckon at the premises of one of Cork City’s longest-established bookshops, Connolly’s, as owner Adrian Connolly prepares to retire after decades dealing in old and rare books, new books, and records.

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Michael Fassbender joins Roy Keane in buying Cork city offices

Auctions were where much of the sales activity was for the Irish market in 2014 — with Shame and Hunger actor Michael Fassbender among those showing an appetite for a slice of the action. 

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Firm adds to portfolio

AN iconic building in Foxrock, Co Dublin, which hit the headlines in July over a rent dispute has been bought, in an off-market deal, for over €1.5m as, separately, a UK investor Development Securities also swept up two other Dublin buys, for a combined €16m.

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Two new ‘dishes’ on menu

A NEW restaurant, Palmento, is opening in Cork City’s Douglas this weekend, as one of Kinsale’s best-known restaurants, Crackpots, is for sale as a 2015 trading opportunity. Crackpots is offered as a going concern for €700,000.

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Builders back in action

Builders and developers who worked through the seven years of property market implosion and slump are beginning to gear up for a return to construction in cities like Dublin, Galway and Cork.

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Offers ’round €800k for Rochestown’s Oval Bar

A large bar and overhead restaurant, purpose-built within a development of over 800 new homes, is for sale, with a €800,000 asking price - about its original site value, notes estate agent Sam Kingston.

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Co Clare's Doonbeg Resortwas bought by Donald Trump for€11 million

Hospitality sector has a busy year with some big sales

Irish hotels are back in business - they’ve sold like hot-cakes during 2014, with over 50 finding new owners, with €450m changing hands in the process.

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First time home seekers continue their search

First time buyers have been out in force this year and, as economists wrangle about the possible impact of the Central Bank’s proposals to change mortgage deposit requirements, they are continuing to shop.

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Cork Airport Business Park

Record €4bn plus year for Irish investment market

2014 was the busiest year on record in terms of the Irish investment market with more than €4bn worth of properties due to be sold by year-end. 

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The Pallisades, Ardbrack, Kinsale, sold for €1.95 million

A look back at a year in the Cork residential property market

This year was the year of the Big Ask, but of a lot less delivery, in the multi-million euro house sale league.

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Country house market: A year in review

There is little doubt that the country market is now at a threshold, with 2015 poised to be possibly the most definitive year since 2008 crash.

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Solid year predicted for Irish property market

With both mainstream and social media dominated by political disharmony and the negativity caused by the mishandling of the Irish Water debacle it is easy to get lost in a haze of public discontent.

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Business park nets €3.5m at Kinsale Road Roundabout

JUST sold for year’s end, after 40 inquiries and a competitive tender process for a receiver, is the Kinsale Road Business Park in Cork - by the city’s busiest traffic junction, the Kinsale Road Roundabout, passed by 85,000 cars a day.

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Ill wind blows them away

AS the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens: in the case of Mellerick’s Pharmacy in Fermoy, that aphorism might need to be changed to include mention of ceilings and chimneys.

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Killarney golf course on market for €750,000

Expected to sell in two lots is a Killarney golf course with a 20-year pedigree, overlooking 200 year old trees, a 15th century castle - and the four-story shell of an uncompleted 120-bed hotel and lodges project.

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Coup for Irish firm as it wins Chinese pharma contract

Irish firm Wilson Architecture has won a major design contract in China for over 1 million sq ft of HQ, lab and R&D buildings, as part of an enormous new 8.5 million sq ft bio-pharma campus.

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Modern unit at Little Island should appeal to investors

An office investment yielding €42,500 a year in rent is up for sale for €420,000.

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A gentle hold on Georgian grace

Dundaniel House, Innishannon, Price: €1.8m
Size: 470 sq m (5,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5, plus 8
Bathrooms: 4, plus 6
BER: N/A
Best Feature: Much loved 

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Look to No 6 in award-winning Emmet Square, Clonakilty

Clonakilty, West Cork  €185,000
Size: Sq m 97 (1,040 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
BER: D2

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Designer family home in Waterford

Dungarvan, Co Waterford €550,000
Sq m: 371 (4,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 5
BER: Pending

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New builds for New Year

Carrigaline, Cork €475,000
Sq m 201 (2,158 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
BER: A2
Best Feature: Quality builds 

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Ennis Road, Limerick €435,000

Evidence of the property pick up can be seen in Limerick where Rooney auctioneers are expecting a quick sale for this six-bed detached home at Cluain Dara on the Ennis Road.

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Well Road, Cork €270,000

The address might say Lake Lawn, but the setting is high, and dry, above the Well Road and Mahon/Douglas estuary, between Cork’s Douglas and Ballinlough suburbs.

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Rochestown, Cork €295,000

A bright cheerful interior, with lots of reds and whites and all easy on the eye, comes with 7 Abbotswood Avenue.

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Lavanagh House good to go

It won’t take much extra work to put a more modern shine of the grandly-titled Lavanagh House, a four-bedroomed, single storey bungalow directly opposite the Lavanagh Centre/Enable Ireland in Cork city’s Ballintemple.

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Starters orders: 118 on right track

Lower Glanmire Road, Cork
Size 144 sq m (1550 sq ft)
Price:€150,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
BER: Pending

 

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With a tweak, this quirky cottage could be right up your creek

Strawhall, Monkstown €160,000
sq m:93 (1,007 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
BER: G 

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Ballinhassig, Cork €150,000

There’s lot of rooms fitted into 3, An Bruach, a townhouse in Cork’s Halfway village off the city to Innishannon/Bandon Road. 

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Green Street, Cork City €139,000

Freshly painted on the outside, and in good nick inside, the terraced, older-era home at 47 Green Street in Cork will get investor and private buying interest.

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A little pre-Christmas gift well worth unwrapping

Barrack Street, Cork City €150,000
Sq m 62 (675 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
BER: E1
Best Feature: Punches above its weight

 

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High-end houses

Rose Martin looks at a new book illustrating architecture in high places.

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No 7, a class opportunity at Sidney place

IT’s moving out time today for school pupils at No 7 Sidney Place, Wellington Road, a mid-Georgian building high above Cork city - and now for sale, as the school departs its several levels.

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Conference to discuss upward trajectory of harbour

There’s a crane right on the doorstep of the country’s Maritime College: it’s a sign of upward trajectories for Cork harbour, at the site of UCC’s new Beaufort Research Centre, as it prepares to host a conference Friday week on the harbour’s future.

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Auction rings up Tralee bank branch sale of over €3m

Five bidders lined out for the chance to become ‘King of the Castle,’ at an auction where a bank branch sold for just over €3m, or 20% over its price guide.

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Bandon venue is a cut above

A modern build, and done like a small hotel, the Brogan Inn in Bandon is for sale, ready to run, and full of potential.

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Value beyond the pale

A second multi-million euro Waterford sale — the AIB bank branch in the heart of the city for close to €2.25 million to a private investor - is imminent. It comes on the back of the just-concluded sale of the Fitzwilton Hotel, to an Austria-based investor, for €3.2m.

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Opulence in a riverside setting in Bandon

The setting alone of this house - called Tearmann, after the Irish word for a place of sanctuary and built to passive house standards - encourages a bit of indolence: there’s little as calming as lolling by water.

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Dundaniel House Innishannon has Georgain grace, and growing grapefruits

Come November/December, typically there are very few houses (especially those with high price aspirations, or in the country homes market) come for sale. 

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Kinsale home a shoe-in

This detached home boasts an impressive walk-in wardrobe and gym as part of its attraction.

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Schoolhouse fits to a Model T

It requires serious renovation but this West Cork building comes with motoring history.

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Oven-ready and dishy

When it comes to keeping up with neighbours — like a certain Rachel Allen, perhaps, who as it happens lives close-by? — this East Cork home went all-out in the cooking stakes— or, more appropriately, steaks, given the size of its outdoor barbecue.

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Ballinhassig, Cork €465,000

The site and gardens, of 1.75 acres, are the star attraction at Sundale, a large detached bungalow at Goggins Hill, Ballinhassig just west of Cork city and airport. 

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Douglas Road, Cork €220,000

Pretty much all of the original features of its era are intact at this hide-away Douglas Road home, 5 Rocklawn. And, while that’s to the good, the downside is the century-old mid-terraced home, among six in-a-row, now needs a fairly full renovation.

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Admirable buy at Admiral Walk

Up on a hill above the town, No 7 Admiral’s Walk offers a good vantage point for watching yachts sail in and out of Kinsale Harbour.

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Annesgrove, Carrigtwohill €295,000

Not too many large detached properties have come on the market in East Cork’s Carrigtwohill recently, so this six-bed dormer bungalow at Annesgrove is attracting a bit of attention. 

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Planning Notes: Retirement village plan for equestrian centre

An equestrian centre near the Cork suburb of Rochestown could become a retirement village if a recent planning application is successful.

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Corner warehouse in bustling east Cork business park already over the offer at €165,000

One unit down, one smaller one to go in East Cork’s jostling business parks this week with Lisney.

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China girl sews up sale near Singers Corner

An un-named Chinese investor has stitched up a deal on Fitzgerald House, an 11,600 sq ft property facing Cork city’s English Market and adjacent to the dramatically just-painted up Singers Corner, where - coincidentally - a commissioned mural by artist Johnny Bugler depicts a floral Chinese pattern, as seen on old Singer sewing machines.

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Hooked on the market

There is an aisle? It’s all go, gongs and gills at the fish-mongers’ section of Cork city’s famous food-friendly English Market.

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Another sales boost on horizon for Cork docklands

Tommy Barker reports on quay deals for future dock developments.

 

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