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Mediterranean flavours beckon in St Luke’s Cross, Cork

There’s a touch of the exotic to this 1850 sunny property in St Luke’s Cross, writes Tommy Barker.

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House of the week: St Luke’s Cross, Cork €420,000

Cork city’s St Luke’s Cross area is getting back to gentrification: visiting many of the homes here, on fine sunny days, you appreciate its enduring appeal.

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Co Clare guesthouse has wide appeal with childhood connections

 

Trish Dromey says this Kilkee guesthouse in Co Clare will have wide appeal with its childhood connections.

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Lyre’s worth landing in Skibbereen

Tommy Barker on a stand-out example of laid-back 21st century living pleasures off the beaten track.

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Superbly finished family home is a rarity in west Cork market

An ‘exceptionally-well finished’ property comes to the market just outside of Clonakilty, says Tommy Barker.

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Osterley is best up front

Extended five-bed has small rear garden, says Tommy Barker.

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Tipperary home could be your castle

Trish Dromey says these character-filled solid properties, near Cashel, will be a big draw.

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Site and bungalow in Douglas Wins hands down

Tommy Barker hears this Mount Elma property on the back of Donnybrook’s hills in Cork is ‘going to fly’.

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Trading up: Bishopstown, Cork €495,000

Some of the bigger, and better, homes in the Cork suburb of Bishopstown are in the various parts of the expansive development called Bishopscourt.

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Trading up: Aherla, Cork €450,000

The several dozen houses out at Bridevalley, in Cork’s Aherla, are big, wide builds, and when it comes to No 29, it has extras on the side, and on top.

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Trading up: Glanmire, Cork €385,000

A lovely acre. That’s what the extended 1950s family home called Aisling Géarr stands on, above Glanmire village, a short distance from Cork City, with glorious views stretching back to Sarsfield Court Hospital, away in the distance, across a valley.

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Trading up: Well Road, Cork €375,000

Pitched as much at traders down as traders up — or just those keen on a strong location — is this bungalow called Inish, on Cork’s Well Road.

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Starter home: Wilton, Cork €115,000

This one-bedroomed unit has generous living accommodation and is easy on the eye, fitted out with oak-flooring and tasty touches.

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Starter home: Pouladuff Road, Cork City €275,000

Tommy Barker says a suburban house benefits from space — in and out.

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Togher.

Planning notes

Cork City Council is awaiting further information from developers of the proposed reworking for residential use of a former bakery site in Togher.

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Concrete ‘block buying’ in Cork

Two waterfront apartment blocks in Cork’s suburban Rochestown, totalling 50 units, are up for sale in one lot, with a guide price of €6.75 million, or an average of €135,000 each. They come to market at time of proven and competitive demand for multi-let investments.

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Cork City to open its doors so all can view city's architectural highlights and gems

Following in the footsteps of Dublin and Limerick, and dozens of other cities around the world, Cork is to host an ‘Open House’ weekend of its architectural highlights and gems.

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Case of delayed cheer at Carraig na bhFéar pub in Cork

It could be a case of delayed gratification for whoever buys the residential licensed premises Carrig House and who wants to get stuck in behind the beer taps — the place is leased for another year.

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Mosman’s architectural beauty in Douglas is back in the race

Tommy Barker says the big money is on Mosman’s architectural beauty in Douglas.

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Tasty and spacious offering in Kinsale, Cork

As Kinsale’s market ascends with the onset of Spring, Tommy Barker views this tasteful and spacious offering.

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Parknasilla gem is waiting to be woken from its slumbers

Sixteen acres of land, some interesting history and a scenic location in one of Kerry’s best known tourist spots should make Askive House in Parknasilla very attractive to foreign buyers.

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Well-tended gardens in Carrigaline make for a very attractive retreat

 

THE name, Bramble Cottage, is a bit of a misnomer: this south Cork dormer home is big, comfortable, and well finished — and its half-acre plus of shrubbed and sheltered gardens are bramble free, tended, minded and even hide a well-sheltered 35’ long polytunnel.

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Modern detached home in Tramore with classic touch

Trish Dromey says there is an option of almost three acres of land with this superb, modern detached Co Waterford home.

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House of the week: Douglas Road, Cork €695,000

It’s been a while since a house in Cork’s Knockrea or Woolhara Parks have come to market - certainly not since the upper end of the market began its climb back out of the doldrums of the last seven years.

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Converted old coach house in Carrigaline is a gem

Elaborate, underfoot tile mosaic is composed of marble and polished agate in colourful, 1,700 sq ft stone building, says Tommy Barker.

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Trading up: Rochestown, Cork €345,000

There’s a triangular green area in the cul de sac section of Mount Oval Village’s Kilbrody, facing No 38 which is now for sale.

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Trading up: Ahakista, West Cork €345,000

There’s an arc of shelving, shingle beach just beyond a small, scenic Sheeps Head holding of land for sale near West Cork’s Ahakista, a remote peninsula spot put on the map by the holiday presence of Graham Norton.

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Trading up: Ballinhassig, Cork, €425,000

There’s lots of building and home to be had at Glengarra, an extended bungalow with granny flat, at Rigsdale, Ballinhassig, west of Cork city. 

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Trading up: Crosshaven, Cork €345,000

Want to go roaming around Crosshaven for a rewarding house project? This detached house called Dromainn could fit the bill, if you are prepared to do basic enough upgrades.

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Starter home: Moneygourney, Douglas €275,000

Three-bed in Fort View, near Garryduff, is pristine, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Cobh, Cork €180,000

 

Commanding Cobh views over the Victorian town’s elegant architecture and promenade, extending out over the many islands of Cork Harbour.

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Starter home: South Douglas Road, Cork €95,000

It’s no longer quite a snip, but there’s good interest in this former hair-salon, in Cork’s suburban Douglas.

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Starter home: Ballincollig, Cork €170,000

The address is Newgrange, but the only thing subterranean about No 14 is its basement level car-park.

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Job growth in construction is ‘building’

The tide is turning quickly — the country again needs building professionals to meet the demands of the uplift in construction.

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A beginning of the end?

A house building site of 1.8 acres, with full planning for 15 new homes and with 12 of them started, is for sale on behalf of a receiver, guiding at €875,000

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Safe bet on building for let on Cork’s South Mall

A building on Cork’s South Mall up for let could be a good bet — previous uses have include a stockbrokers on the ground floor and a casino on its upper levels.

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Redevelopment of Fox and Hounds site gets go-ahead

A redevelopment of the Fox and Hounds site, in the northside Cork City suburb of Ballyvolane, has been approved by Cork County Council.

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Rise to the challenge in Kilkenny

Following a very recent ‘sale agreed’ on the 19th century seven-bed Tralee area guesthouse Glenduff House, on 6.7 acres for c €500,00 via agents DNG Stack, comes another guest and bar business — with an even longer pedigree.

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Midleton hotel is reaching ‘four’ a star as investment continues

A €1m investment has boosted business at the Midleton Park Hotel in east Co Cork.

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Adventures in green building

The University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England, is home to one of Europe’s largest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.

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Style, substance and lots of space in Glanmire’s Crawford Manor

With plenty of space on three levels, and plenty of bedrooms, No 5, Crawford Manor, is a well-laid-out family home almost with rooms to spare, says Tommy Barker.

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Cobh Harbour vistas bring prospects to light

 

An 1850s family home overlooking the water is in need of a thorough renovation to restore it to its original glory, writes Tommy Barker.

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House of the week: Carrigaline, Cork €1 million"

Retiring champion jump jockey Tony McCoy has quite a bit to thank Summerfield in Cork’s Carrigaline for.

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1970s look is still hot in Abbey Road, Kilcrea

Architect-designed Gadshill was cutting-edge and has an impressive BER rating of B3, says Tommy Barker.

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Trading up: Ballintemple, Cork €365,000

It’s called The Berries, and that — in the Cork slang parlance — is exactly what new owners of No 15, Linden Avenue, aka The Berries, may well exclaim.

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Trading up: Ballinakill Downs, Waterford; €295,000

Spacious and well located near the Dunmore Road in Waterford, No 25 The Brambles is a bit different from the standard house of its size. 

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Trading up: South Innishannon €385,000

An angled hall and corridor links the two rectangular blocks of this four-bed family home called Rhiannon, a mile or two south of Innishannon, and about a 20-minute drive west from Cork city.

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Trading up: Douglas, Cork €325,000

‘This’ll do us fine.’ You can imagine many viewers with that quip at this three-bed semi-d called Thistle Dún, especially after they survey the sheer size of the back garden. 

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Starter home: Turner’s Cross, €85,000

 

Cork City house needs upgrade, but is only €85,000, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Kenmare, Kerry €249,000

 

Tommy Barker says the price pruning on Rose Cottage should see interest blossom on the four-bed with views over Kenmare Bay.

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Starter home: Togher, Cork €185,000

This three-bedroomed family home at 27 Sandown Crest, Togher, in Cork is located in a cul de sac estate near CUH. 

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Draghi "turning the euro into the lira"

A hotel that found itself ‘underwater’, and which had to be bailed out by foreign money, was an apt spot for economist, David McWilliams, to expound on matters financial.

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Cork's 19th century Ursuline Convent set for redevelopment

CORK’S 19th century Ursuline Convent is going to be a trophy buy — for whoever gets to buy and finish it out — with a ready market afterward for both sales and rentals.

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A true cottage industry

Cork’s longest-running food emporium, Cinnamon Cottage, has come up for sale in its 21st year of cooking and trading.

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Offices for €950,000 in Fermoy not run-of-mill

An office scheme of two inter-linked blocks, totalling 33,000 sq ft on 3.5 acres, has come for sale in the North Cork town of Fermoy.

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Multinational EMC’s major Cork plant to be extended

Planning approval has been granted for an extension to data-storage multinational EMC’s major plant in Ovens, Co Cork.

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There’s a healing feeling in Saob Orchard near Killarney

IF HOUSES were capable of feelings, Saob’s Orchard near Killarney would probable be Zen-like and very calm.

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House of the week: Douglas Road, Cork €325,000

Knockrea Lodge is an unusual offer, in a great suburban setting, bursting with greenery and spring growth, dotted with old beech trees and seating areas.

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Life’s a beach with stunning bungalow in West Cork

A gem of an extended house in an extraordinary coastal setting is set to make a splash both here and abroad, says Tommy Barker.

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Heights of luxury in Aghadoe lodge

Top-notch Aghadoe Lodge has lots of quality house for the money, says Trish Dromey.

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Dormer in Coachford is ‘Peake’ value

Three-bedroomed Coachford bungalow of 1,740 sq ft has sunroom and price of €260,000, says Tommy Barker.

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Firville House has four acres by Mallow Racecourse

YOU can see the final bend and five-furlong straight at Mallow Racecourse from the upstairs bedrooms of Firville House.

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Trading up: Castlepark, Kinsale €200,000

The setting’s the star at April Cottage, a ground floor two-bed home/investment by the sea, a marina, a beach and a bar — all in Kinsale harbour to boot.

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Trading up: Frankfield, Cork €320,000

Set at the back of the Woodlands development in Cork’s Frankfield suburb is this one-off bungalow, on a stand-alone quarter acre site, and it’s called Elm House.

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Trading up: Ballinakill, Waterford, €270,000

A good residential address near the Dunmore Road should garner interest for this detached bungalow, No 18 Woodbury, Ballinakill Court, in Waterford.

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Trading up: Glanmire, Co Cork €450,000

This detached, four-bed house, No 1 Glyntown Road, Marwood, in Glanmire, has much to impress trader-uppers around Cork: it has space, gardens, electric gates and a hilly site with views back to the city.

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Starter home: Donnybrook, Cork €220,000

Up and over the hills of Donnybrook, but only a short hike back to suburban Douglas and its amenities, is Greenvalley, where the three-bed semi-d No 23 The Green is up for sale.

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Starter home: Tivoli, Cork €170,000

Apartment market shows signs of price recovery, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Mount Oval, Cork €295,000

A well-kept three-bed home, with a very long and tiered back garden at 69 Ard Keale in Cork’s Rochestown is going to appeal in particular to first-time buyers. 

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Starter home: Cathedral Road, Cork €170,000

Set behind Cork’s Church of the Ascension is a townhouse development called 20 Chapel Field, set off Cathedral and Presentation Roads, close to the Orthopaedic Hospital.

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Former Esso station near CUH hospital on sale for €1.3m

A CORK city suburban site — with a long planning and sales history, as well as one-time high hopes of development — has come up for sale, right next door to the sprawling Cork University Hospital (CUH) campus.

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Biggest pub sale bar none in Ballincollig

WHAT’S probably the biggest bar complex outside of Cork City centre has come up for sale in boom-town Ballincollig, with a price tag to match.

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Major development at ESB headquarters appealed

Appeals have been lodged in relation to planning approval for a major mixed development at the ESB headquarters near Dublin City centre.

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Option for anchor to rein in Innisfallen

THERE’S a chance to add a further €100,000 a year in rent to the existing rent-roll or to further develop/redevelop for a possible main anchor tenant, at Killarney’ s Innisfallen Mall.

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Two of a kind in Kinsale

TWO big Kinsale offers come to market independently this week for receivers — one being 95 acres of spectacularly-sited land at Pregane, next to where a €200m golf resort development was proposed a decade ago.

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Forging a modern twist on converted family home in Co Kerry

This unusually converted family home started off as stables for local landlords in 1880, writes Trish Dromey.

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House of the week: Ballintemple, Cork €495,000

Marble Hill House is, quite simply, steeped in sport, says Tommy Barker.

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Half the garden, ‘half’ the price in Douglas, Cork

Glencorran, in Douglas, is now marked way down in, as it’s back, on a smaller site, says Tommy Barker.

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Walk-in Watermeadow in Crosshaven, Cork

Tommy Barker visits No 6, Watermeadow, a spacious, bright new build that’s top quality and has water views.

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Starter home: Rathpeacon, Co Cork €195,000

Family-friendly bungalow has plenty of garden space for child’s play.

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Starter home: Blackrock, Cork €179,000

Trish Dromey says a duplex on Cork city’s Blackrock is finding suitable for interest from first-time buyers but it could also suit an investor portfolio.

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Trading up: Curraheen, Tralee, Co Kerry €365,000

A Tralee buyer looking to trade up for more space and better views might like Bay View at Curraheen, five kilometres from town.

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Trading up: Douglas, Cork €390,000

It’s not yet extended or added to in any significant way, but Marneil holds promise for all of that now - or in a few years time - , and is good enough and clean enough to move into straight away. 

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Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork €195,000

Looking for a project? Look no further than this detached home in Ballinlough Road, Cork City.

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Trading up: Riverstick, Co Cork €385,000

Within a week of going on the market, No 19 Brookdale in Riverstick got an offer in excess of the asking price of €385,000

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Motor dealer’s drive is on after finding perfect location

PEOPLE looking for a new car quickly get used to calling to lots of garage forecourts.

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A new-bourne identity for Cork’s Woodford bar?

IS THERE a market yet for a pub sale in Cork city, significantly over the €1m mark? A bar in an historic building, long associated with wine and spirits company Woodford Bourne, aims to find out, as the Woodford Bar comes to market seeking a new Bourne identity.

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View former TV shop ‘on’ Cork City’s pretty Parliament Bridge

The former Maddens TV shop, at no 5, Parliament St, is to let in Cork City

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Hospice’s change of use to college is not planning exempt

The change of use of the former Marymount Hospice building at St Patrick’s Hospital on Cork’s northside, to a third-level college, is not exempt from planning requirements, An Bord Pleanála has decided.

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Too few houses being built, says CIF in Cork, so a shortage is inevitable

Cork city and county are crying out for new houses and major infrastructural projects, so as to head off shortages in future, say senior figures in the region’s construction industry.

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Ownership of property in Ireland still ‘going overseas’

Ownership of Irish property will continue to go overseas in 2015, according to estate agents, DTZ, who this week hosted regional briefings in Cork and Limerick.

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Cold-storage warehouse to heat up the Cork market

A business and property briefing this week, by DTZ Sherry FitzGerald, Cork, billed the industrial sector as “the weakest link, with speculative development unlikely for the next few years.”

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Three houses and special gardens at West Cork seaside spread

Our family were probably the first tourists in Baltimore,” quips Stuart Musgrave, as he prepares to sell his family’s current base on Cove Road in this appealing West Cork village, known far and wide, and over the seas, for its tourism, sailing, ferries and fishing.

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St Patrick’s Hill home has pana-ramic sights...

 

Tommy Barker has high hopes for No 7a/Edmonton on St Patrick’s Hill in Cork.

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House of the week: Douglas, Cork €490,000

SOONER or later, every housing estate undergoes renewal - a changing of the guard, and that was the case when this Douglas house, Elyan, or No 15 Ballincurrig Park, last came to market, at peak-value time, in 2006.

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1970s split-level bungalow in Watergrasshill has a built-in church organ

HOPING to avoid the need for an organ transplant is the vendor of this North Cork family home, which is called Camlin and located at Mitchelsfort, near Watergrasshill.

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Trading up: Dunmanway, Cork €395,000

A whole lot of property comes with lofty Knockduff House, a few miles north of Dunmanway, in a scenic but inland section of the region.

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Trading up: Rochestown, Cork €595,000

No 6 Jamesmount was last offered for sale two years ago, in great order, guiding €610,000.

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Trading up: Dungarvan, Co Waterford €295,000

Spacious, close to town and in show house condition is how selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds describe this four-bed house at 3 The Paddocks in Dungarvan.

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Trading up: Rathpeacon, Cork €575,000

Now 25 years old, Belmont House at Cork’s Rathpeacon is “stylish, spacious and secluded,” says its selling agent Frank Walsh, of O’Mahony Walsh of this 2,800 sq ft home, on a site of 1.5 acres which includes a tennis court, and an elevated patio with views to Blarney Castle in the distance.

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Starter home: Fenells Bay, Cork harbour, €60,000

Tommy Barker says imagination is the key when it comes to doing something magical with this derelict chalet/house near Crosshaven.

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Starter home: Charleville, Cork €79,000

A price guide at €79,000 might mean some love in the air at this North Cork home - appropriately in a scheme called The Pastures, in Love Lane, Charleville.

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Starter home: Wilton, Cork €275,000

There’s more than what first greets the eye for buyers, or viewers, at 154 Eagle Valley, in Cork’s suburban Wilton.

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Starter home: Cork City, €134,950

There’s huge character, as well as internal and external appeal, to the apartments at Bridge House in the very heart of Cork city. 

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Kinsale’s Carlton House: Developed at a cost of €35m, for sale at €4.25m

Kinsale’s Carlton House hotel, developed by Gable Holdings in 2006 on a wooded 90 acre site overlooking Cork's scenic Oysterhaven Bay at a then-reported cost of €35m, is now for sale with Savills, for receivers, guiding €4.25 million.

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Cork’s Quay leads to the kingdom

heritage building on Cork city’s elegant North Mall which sold at auction to a co-operative housing group in 2008 for €1.36 million is back on the market, now guiding €425,000, after some further building conservation and conservation roofing work.

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Six-floor Bon Secours hospital plan approved

The major extension proposed for the Bon Secours Hospital, in Cork City, has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

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20 acres of zoned land in Glanmire for €1m

While white smoke is still awaited on just who has been the victorious bidder on a valuable Cork city six-acre suburban housing site at Cleve Hill, Blackrock Road, agents DTZ bring a larger, but lower profile, housing site to market.

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Lovetts’ restaurant serves appetite for top temples in Cork

The sale has closed on the former Lovetts’ restaurant in Cork’s suburbs, for 20% over its guide. 

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Grand, Victorian Woodville House is on the Blackwater and has eleven peaceful acres

WITH the daffodils just popping up now among the anemones and snowdrops in its front drive, and under old chestnut trees, Woodville House is a River Blackwater treasure, and an early-season Munster market arrival.

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High mews prices reflect the spec - and the cachet of Dublin’s resurgent Ballsbridge

Thursday of last week, a gathering of building surveyors, QSs and estate agents in their professional body the SCSI heard that their attendance - of 1,250 diners- for a black-tie function was “a very good barometer of the growing confidence in the economy and our industry.”

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Early 1980s-built Glounthaune property has an inverted floor plan

Set on the hills above Cork’s Glounthaune village, Glenacre is a perfect property for a buyer seeking to move up the property market.

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House of the week: Mount Oval Village, Cork €465,000

The quite incredible view from Rowan Hill is what sold house number 85 to its vendors just last year. Now, with an unexpected work move and promotion, they have to bid it adieu — less than six months after they moved in.

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Trading up: Johns Hill, Waterford €235,000

A very sympathetic, easy-on-the-eye restoration job has been done at 11 Eldon Terrace, in Waterford city.

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Trading up: Ovens, Cork €465,000

“If I had a dozen of them, they’d all sell, there’s huge demand for houses like this around Ovens - and no supply,” says Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald.

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Trading up: Farranlea Park, Cork, €280,000

That estate agency buzzword ‘potential’ will be on the lips of those coming to view Genesta. ‘Potential,’ definitely, and sure you might as well throw in that other professional favourite, ‘location,’ because that’s just as valid. 

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Trading up: Spur Hill, Cork, €450,000

There’s a country setting, but suburban conveniences almost to hand, at this detached home called Belmont.

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Starter home: The Lough, Cork City €195,000

1 Leafdale looks country cottage-ish, but is a city suburban pad with some charm, in a Lough-side setting near UCC, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Ballincollig, Cork €225,000/€275,000

Come west along for choice, says estate agent Peter Skuse of two quite different family home offers, with €50k in the price difference, and which he has just lined up in Ballincollig.

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Wide interest in holiday scheme in need of completion

Two dozen holiday homes on the Ring of Kerry’s famed Waterville are up for sale with Lisneys, acting for a receiver, in one lot, guided at just €21,000 each.

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SCSI president tells members of building bounce-back

The country needs more office space, more urban housing, increased construction activity and employment — and greater investment and activity at a regional level, Patricia Daly, president of the 5,000-member strong Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) told last week’s annual dinner, attended by 1,250 guests.

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Art going in architecture on Patrick’s Hill

CORK CITY will have a new landmark design building later this year, in one of it most prominent settings - half way up the vertiginous St Patrick’s Hill. A school redevelopment there has been designed by the winners of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey.

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Plenty of scope and potential uses for solid retail unit

A large retail unit in the heart of Cork city’s North Main Street, with a distinctive cut limestone front facade has come up to let.

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PLANNING NOTES: Decision due on change from retail to office use on Cork’s Lavitt’s Quay

Cork City Council is to decide by the end of this week whether or not to permit office use at a quayside, outdoors shop to allow an educational authority to expand its offices.

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Pivotal point property at the Kinsale Road roundabout

BACK at the commercial market’s height, land in key Cork suburbs was fetching €2.5m/3m an acre.

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County taverns on offer following city centre pub sale

Following on the sale of a city centre bar in Cork, close to the proposed new convention centre at South Gate Bridge, estate agent Con Nagle of Global Properties has a bar in Cork county offered next on his books, with a second similar due to follow in the coming weeks.

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Rents of €8.8m lure in Midlands shops disposal

SIX shopping centres, including the largest in the Midlands, have been put up for sale in one lot, guiding at €115 million. The mix, in one lot only and called the Cornerstone Portfolio, has almost 170 shop units plus 150 apartments, and 670,00 sq ft of retail in all.

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Bridging the gap in Mahon’s office demand

Cork’s Mahon/Skehard suburb will soon have a new, €50m office development, in six blocks, — but, meanwhile, a smaller, 3,000 sq ft space is to let at Bridge House, Skehard Road, via estate agent Rob Coughlan, of Cohalan Downing.

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Healthy prognosis back at BlackrockHall

It’s business as usual at the BlackrockHall Primary Care Centre on Cork’s Skehard Rd; its owners have taken over management following the liquidation of the Allied Medical business.

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A spectacular home designed — and built — by the occupants

IT’S ALWAYS good for any architect to win an award, but the Best Emerging Practice Award recently given to Co Limerick-based Liston Architecture is particularly sweet. 

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House of the week: Waterfall, Cork, €530,000

There’s horses for courses out at Old Abbey, in Cork’s Waterfall: not only is the area home to a well-known riding school, Greybrook, but it’s also popular with hunts.

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Waterford home is a hot-buy, sauna included

 

Trish Dromey says this five-bed detached in Ring could be your cha-ching purchase. Check out those views.

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Togher home has plenty of space both inside and outside

Extended on both levels, this home has plenty of space both inside and outside, says Tommy Barker.

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Great interior style in Spa family home

This spacious and comfortable Tralee house with sea views stands out with stunning interior features, writes Trish Dromey.

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Trading up: Glanmire, Cork €360,000

There’s a wide trading-up market around Cork’s Glanmire that No 57 The Paddocks is going to appeal to.

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Trading up: Garryduff, Rochestown €275,000

There’s now 1,250 sq ft of family living space at the three-bed home 41 Foxwood - and, in addition, there’s an attic conversion, with two Veluxes, for storage or for some higher order uses. 

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Trading up: Garryduff, Rochestown €275,000

There’s now 1,250 sq ft of family living space at the three-bed home 41 Foxwood - and, in addition, there’s an attic conversion, with two Veluxes, for storage or for some higher order uses. 

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Trading up: Ahakista, West Cork €100,000-plus offered

Mere decoration won’t do much to improve this Ahakista West Cork house, called the Anchorage — it’s as close as you’ll get to sinking beyond rescue.

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Starter home: Lissacaha, Schull, €140,000

Traditional farmhouse on three acres comes with barn and old stone buildings but needs upgrades and money spent, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Ballincollig, Cork €219,500/235,000

Muskerry Estate “is still the original and still the best-located estate in the now thriving town of Ballincollig,” says Con Nagle of Global Properties, who is busy doing viewings on two three-bed semis here.

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Starter home: Fossa, Killarney €170,000

A simply stunning Killarney location is the main attraction with Gortroe House, at Fossa. 

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Starter home: Carrs Hill, Cork, €220,000

Modern well-maintained two-bed townhouse is in walk-in condition.

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Lots to go for at property auctions

AUCTIONS step back into the sales fray in early 2015, with Allsops set to auction more than 220 lots later this month, while Iam-Sold is now stepping up to at least 14 auction events this coming year, moving now to Dublin after establishing in Galway and Cork/Munster in 2013/14.

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Cork’s River Lee Hotel shows off €500,000 patio upgrade

EVEN years after it was built, Cork’s River Lee Hotel has spent €500,000 on a patio upgrade, adding an indoor-outdoor room which enhances its Leeside setting.

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Wide interest in Waterville holiday scheme in need of completion

Two dozen holiday homes on the Ring of Kerry’s famed Waterville are up for sale with Lisneys, acting for a receiver, in one lot, guided at just €21,000 each.

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New stores get footholds in Limerick’s Crescent centre

A pre-Christmas let to Butler’s Chocolates was the icing on a good year for Limerick’s Crescent Shopping Centre: it has entered 2015 with six new key brands in place

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Former Charleville school attended by Eamon de Valera for sale

A north Cork former CBS school which was attended by Eamon deValera has had its listing as a protected structure reversed, to allow it be redeveloped.

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The back windows of the Mahon home have been boarded up after it was broken in to and damaged.

Idle Cork council house vandalised after €30k revamp

A council house which underwent an estimated €30,000 refurbishment before Christmas was left vacant for months afterwards, broken in to and damaged.

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Ilen bank property: Cape Cod meets Cape Clear in West Cork

Tommy Barker visits Ilen River bank home of departing banker, AIB’s Chief Executive David Duffy, after its latest €1m-plus drop.

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Stand-out arts centre a reality in Skibbereen

West Cork Arts Centre’s new, €3.5m, 10,000 sq ft Uillinn building is a feature in Skibbereen, says Noel Baker.

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A soft-top luxury model in Kenmare

Last of trio of thatched houses in Sheen Falls, Kenmare, has five-star hotel accommodation says Tommy Barker.

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House of the week: Lislevane, West Cork €185,000"

Estate agent Damian Murray has been blessed - twice - with a West Cork home sale now called the Old Priest’s House - even though a priest never lived in it.

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Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork €275,000

Set just before where the Ballinlough Road narrows considerably at its city end before the cafe Joup is the semi-detached home Priordale, built 70 years ago but upgraded and renewed since, in fits and starts.

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Trading up: Maglin Road, Ballincollig, €380,000

There’s a very good site size — one-third of an acre — with No 7, Glincool Drive, within a walk of shops, schools and services in Cork’s busy Ballincollig.

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Trading up: Passage West, Cork €295,000

ALL the basics are present and correct at the detached dormer bungalow home 4 Avondale. Now, though, a decor update would lift it all to a fresher, more modern feel.

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Starter home: Blackrock Road, Cork €225,000

City proximity, some original class features and opposite Ashton School.

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Starter home: Grange, Douglas €245,000

 

Semi-detached ‘hip’ dormer is a few steps above the bland rental norm.

 

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