PROPERTY

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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Irish Country Houses book: Getting to the heart of the rise and fall of Ireland’s high society

Kya deLongchamps revels in a book which uses fascinating visual material from Irish mansions to illustrate life at that time and the dynastic tales behind the scenes

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Thinking outside of that box: Dermot Bannon gets off the telly and into print

ALL of the dramas have been taken out of home improvement, in architect Dermot Bannon’s book, Love Your Home.

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Timely guide to Dublin design

Tommy Barker looks at a new Gandon Editions book on Dublin’s top modern builds by young Cork architect, Séan Antóin O Muirí.

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All swell at Sunday’s Well

Sunday’s Well, Cork city €325,000
Sq m 163 (1,760 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
BER: C3
Best Feature: fully done

 

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Unusual market arrival in Skibbereen farmhouse

Tooreen, Skibbereen, West Cork  €270,000
Size: 110 sq m (1,200 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3
BER: F
Best feature: County colour 

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An ideal trader upper

Glounthaune, Cork €650,000
Size: 278 sq m (3,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
BER: B3 

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Rooms with a view

Location: Fennells Bay, Cork, €450,000
Sq m 110 (1,200 Sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2
BER: E2
Best Feature: Coast is clear 

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Cosy home with grand ambition

Carrigaline, Cork  €210,000
Size: Sq m 88 (954 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1
BER: C3
Best Feature: Tasty out

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Cappoquin, Waterford €300,000-plus

There’s been a price drop on a handy house and small West Waterford farm holding with stables and 15 acres after a deal agreed fell through in recent weeks. 

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Limeworth no lemon

If the €650,000 asking price on 25 Limeworth is out of many family-buying budgets, agents Sherry FitzGerald have another three-storey local offer for exactly half the price - a four-bed mid-terraced home at 35 Leslies Arch, guiding €325,000.

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Glasheen, Cork €280,000

You could almost date St Otteran’s on Hartlands Avenue in Glasheen from the name, since it was built in the late 1940s at a time when Irish homes typically got saints’ names.

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Maryborough, Cork €265,000

Properties at Yewlands in Maryborough Woods are proving a popular choice with trader uppers in Douglas this year. Seven have sold so far and now auctioneer Jeremy Murphy is expecting similar interest in No 49.

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Options aplenty at Myrtleville

Location: Myrtleville, Cork, €95,000
Size: 60 sq m (640 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2/3 Bathrooms: 1
BER: G

 

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Second chance to swoop for fine Heron’s Wood residence

Heron’s Wood, Carrigaline, €220,000
Size: 90sq m (976 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3
BER: D1 

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Tower, Cork €199,000

No need to wipe your shoes when you enter No 6, Gleann Fia, in Cork’s Tower – it hasn’t got any floor covering yet, just bare concrete.

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TD’s former offices up for letting to right candidate

There are different and unexpected ways to lose a tenant – but a constituency redraw is one of the more unusual.

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Street food for thought

IF an army marches on its stomach, and an economy on its retail and restaurant expansion, then things are clearly picking up in Cork - with knives, forks and chopsticks at the ready in the ‘Asian Street Feud’ moves.

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Five Nama-controlled shopping centres up for sale

Three Munster shopping centres are among five so-called ‘provincial shopping centres’ dubbed the Harvest Portfolio, up for sale promising a nine per cent return on a €50million investment.

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Commercial unit on the western edge of Cork City

A new Audi car showroom has opened 100 metres away, and a new filling station, shop and food complex is nearing completion directly across the way – so what new use now for this Ardarostig, Bandon Road Cork property?

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Auction deadlines looming before end of CGT exemption

There’s several auction deadlines looming in the coming weeks, in the run-up to the expiry of the CGT exemption reliefs at year’s end.

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Malone snaps up Strand Hotel

The €20m sale of Limerick city’s four-star Strand Hotel has gone through to US billionaire John Malone: he adds it to his other Irish hotel investments, such as Dublin’s Hilton Hotel, the Westin and the Trinity City Hotel.

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Tara jewel in the crown

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100-bed Westlodge Hotel faces sale by tender

West Cork’s Westlodge Hotel in Bantry is now facing a sale by tender, by December 5, to effect a sale by the year-end CGT expiry deadline.

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Thirst for former bars as buyer interest hots up

A bar with name that sums up its catchment is up for sale: it’s the Thirsty Scholar, on Western Road/Lancaster Quay, near UCC, the Mercy Hospital and The River Lee Hotel which changed hands last year for €25m.

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Sale deal may be clinched soon

With substantial offers already on the table, a sale is expected to be concluded within the coming week or so, for a 74-acre holding in the townland of Dromerk, just 5km north of Dunmanway, West Cork, according to selling agent John Hodnett in Clonakilty.

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19-acre holding ‘a lovely parcel of land’

With the M8 motorway just a kilometre away, access could hardly be better for a 19-acre holding in the townland of Mondaniel near Fermoy. Added to that is extensive road frontage along its western boundary and a mains water supply.

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Midleton, Co Cork €95,000

Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Size: 89 sq m (960 sq ft)
BER: B3

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A cut above at Wheatfield

This impressive family home is bright, modern and spacious and sure to attract buyers, says Trish Dromey.

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Quality residence is close to city centre

The ground floor at No 51 Marina Park, says Tommy Barker, can be as open as you like with lots of options to compartmentalise if you wish.

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Golden Arches - no bull

Blackrock Road, Cork city €525,000
Sq m: 147 (1,580 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
BER: A3
Best feature: Location

 

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Quiet setting will add to appeal

Pouladuff, Cork City €170,000
Sq m 66 (715 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1

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Castlemartyr, East Cork, €255,000

Size: 127 sq m (1,367sq ft)
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 4
BER Rating: C3

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Bishopstown, Cork €320,000

Size: 120sq m (1,320sq ft)
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
BER: E1

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Monkstown, Cork €475,000

Size: 165sq m (1,780sq ft)
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 4
BER: D2

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Midleton, Cork home guiding €295,000 is the colour of money

Size: 144 sq m (1,550 sq ft)
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 3
BER: C3

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Lots of interest in terrace house

Victoria Avenue, Cork Cost: €275,000
Size: 124 sq m (1,335 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1
BER: D2

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Massive scope to maximise site at super-sized suburban setting

Pouladuff Road, Cork city €280,000
Sq m 185 (2,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4
BER: E1

 

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Waterford island floated

IRELAND’S signature castle hotels have been changing hands with aplomb this year – think Ashford Castle, and now Adare Manor on the hook for c €40m, while this week the illustrious roll-call is joined by the more modestly priced Waterford Castle.

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Dealicious investment

IT’S A Dealz, says East Cork estate agent Miah McGrath, holding out the prospect of a 10% return on a Midleton town centre investment, guided at €1.3 million, and with €140,000 a year income stream.

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Sandyford umbrella group’s launch puts business on the map

There are already 22,000 people employed across Dublin’s Sandyford Business District — where a collection of four existing business parks has scope for 17,500 more employees, as well as further commercial and residential development.

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Savills went for a song at cities’ talent show fundraisers

A talent-show fundraiser run by estate agents Savills in Cork, Dublin and Belfast cities last week raised over €50,000 for cancer services in each of the three locations, entertaining over 1,000 people in the process. And, Louis Walsh impressions featuree among the three different judging panels in the Cork/Dublin/Belfast’s ‘Got Talent’ shows.

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Former bank’s new look

There’s shades of banishing the remaining ghosts of the much-reviled Anglo Irish Bank at its building foot-prints in both Dublin and Cork cities: the Central Bank has started to convert Anglo’s vaunting vanity HQ project to new State service, while Cork’s former Anglo Irish Bank building is getting a re-brand and letting pitch after a multi-million euro purchase.

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More than a roof over their heads

Laurie O’Flynn visits a North Cork eco-friendly house which blends style, upcycling and fuel economy.

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House of the week: Castle Road, Blackrock €895,000

THERE’S been any amount of work done to No 5, Castle Road, since it last changed hand , 15 years ago: today, it’s almost a new build.

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Pouladuff Road, Cork city: €280,000

Carrying the sylvan-sounding name of Woodbine Chateau is this fascinating 1950s bungalow, near the Lough on Cork’s Pouladuff Road — and it’s well worth a peek.

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No 1 for corner boys — and girls

Described as a walk-in job is the corner-set home at 1 The Ferns, within the Foxwood development in Cork’s Rochestown/Garryduff suburbs - and, a new national school is a walk-in job across the road. 

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Monkstown, Co Cork €139,000

Lots of references to the river Lee at the compact, detached two-storey Ard na Laoi, at Lee View Place above Cork’s Monkstown. 

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Two Midleton sites ideal for residential developments

TWO sites aimed at builders at East Cork’s Bailick Road come to market this month, one with agents Lisney, the other with DTZ Sherry FitzGerald.

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A top office opportunity

THE top floor of City Quarter, the Cork City quayside office block facing the ambitious, new One Albert Quay €45m office site, has finally been leased.

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Site is on the right track

Wheels within wheels — an appropriate new use has been found for part of the giant, old Cork Ford factory — it’s to host whizzing karts, on a brand new indoors track.

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Investing in Mall ware

Further office sales and investments beckon on Cork city’s South Mall traditional offices heartland, hot on the heels of a building investment sale by Allsops last month, for €1.4million.

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Plannning Notes: Permission granted for medical clinic at Lotamore

An historic home on Cork’s northside is in line to become a medical clinic after a recent grant of planning permission.

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Cork’s Marina graced by contemporary house extension to Edwardian home

Even if the location weren’t so special, this Edwardian-era home called Kilmona should excite interest from families looking for a top, top Cork city home.

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1960s house gets an upwards review

When we purchased our late 1960s semi-detached home, very little work had been done to the house in its lifetime.

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Thatch the way, uhuh uhuh, we like it

Five-star luxury and thatched Irish houses don’t normally go hand in hand – with the latter, you normally take the rough (and sometimes uncombed) with the smooth.

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Buttevant, Cork Georgian farmhouse  seeking €420,000 has Georgian roots

A beautiful, old-world white-washed courtyard complex of outbuildings and up to 15 stables comes with Spitalfields House — a real, genuine Georgian home near North Cork’s Buttevant, about 15 minutes from Mallow off the Cork-Limerick road. 

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Killeens, Blarney Cork home extended as labour of love - and much labour

Done as a labour of love, this stone-faced house close to Cork City and Blarney was once a compact two-up, two-down cottage - but no more.

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Model Farm Road original bungalow in prime western suburbs spot

House values vary widely - and wildly - along Cork’s Model Farm Road, running just west of the city suburbs from Dennehy’s Cross right out towards Ballincollig.

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Maryborough home a showhouse showpiece

A one-time showhouse for one section of the large O’Brien and O’Flynn Maryborough Ridge development is for sale now with agents Paul O’Shea and Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald: they guide at €375,000 for the four-bed semi-d at No 11 Edgewood.

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A lot of house in this Tivoli Cork enclave as auction sale beckons

THERE’S a whopping amount of house at No 2, Bellevue Villas — and a price reduction as it goes up for auction means many would-be buyers will have enough to furnish it in an appropriate manner too. 

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No 10 Maryborough Heights demands a look-see

There’s a bit of style to the back extension of 10, Maryborough Heights, a family home in this long-bedded down estate within Lissadell, a short up-hill haul from Cork’s Douglas village.

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Join the line-out for No 50 - next door is Munster Rugby’s Musgrave Park

THERE’s a few line-outs and scrums of viewers locking heads together, at open viewings this week and early this afternoon at 50, Pearse Road, next to Musgrave Park’s rugby pitches and grounds.

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A tidy sum for an immaculately kept modest-sized Bracken Court Cork city home

This three-bed semi-d, with a laid-out rear garden, is close to Cork’s Douglas and has a guide price of €190,000.

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Planning notes: Permission granted for Castleknock scheme

Permission has been granted for a scheme of over 200 new homes near Castleknock in Dublin 15.

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Strategic investment opportunity close to city

Two apartment complex offers in Cork city, and both strongly let, are being offered to investors at sums of €5.5m and €6m-plus apiece.

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New lettings at Mahon Point reflect positive Cork City retail outlook

AS agents Savills predict that 2015 will be the best year for retail in Cork since the downturn began in 2008, and witha number of tenant deals and relocations completed along Patrick’s Street (including SuperDry into the Moderne), a 75,000 sq ft site is now on the market for €6m at Grand Parade/Patrick Street: and retail deals are also flowing at suburban Mahon Point Shopping Centre for its owners, Deka.

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Good brews for park

A multi-million euro brewing investment has commenced on Cork city’s Marina Park— ironically, in a 50,000 sq ft unit previously used by Beamish and Crawford as a distribution depot.

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Large retail investment for sale in Killarney

A sizeable retail investment in one of Killarney town’s most central modern developments, the Courtyard, has come for sale on behalf of three private investors, offering a c 12% return to a new owner.

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Quality cottage in Cork’s Dunderrow worth viewing post haste...

Only the quality, and colour, of the front door, at the Old Post Office in Cork’s Dunderrow near Kinsale gives any hint there might be something a bit special within, at this cottage/bungalow extended home,a converted Post Office.

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Child's play: Denise O'Connor of Optimise Design has designed the DFS Show House at the permanent tsb Ideal Home Show, RDS Dublin, this weekend.

Time to pull the plug on en-suite bathrooms

Denise O’Connor of Optimise Design offers advice on maximising space in Irish homes - and suggests pulling the plug on en-suite bathrooms

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Ah-factor in lovely Grenagh, just 15 minutes from Cork suburbs

A cheery, warm yellow wall colour sets off the stone gable facade and low sun room walls at Kenby, a large five-bed family home on over an acre, about a 15 minute commute from Cork city’s suburbs.

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Plenty of interest in Crosshaven four bed detached

Tommy Barker says there is a spread of interested bidders for this coastal Crosshaven four bed detached.

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Nothing average about Passage West home with ’average’ price

A survey this week by Real Estate Alliance indicates that the average price for an Irish three-bed semi-d is €179,981: it noted that this house type had gone up 21% in value within the past 12 months, and by 24% in Dublin.

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Dunworley Bay home in west Cork on market for €275,000

Virtually all of the pleasures of this West Cork home have been enjoyed in its grounds, a considerable four-plus acres, by the sea. 

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Jacobs Island home in Cork on market for €215,000

Time to go back to school, and maths classes, to try and calculate the floor area of 10 The Courtyard – it’s sort like of calculating the area of a triangle.

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Ballyvolane home in Cork quoted at  €275,000

Built on a corner site, and a more recent build than many of its Riverview Estate neighbours along the row is 1 Riverview Gardens, in Cork’s Ballyvolane, just off the north ring road.

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Basement home in Cork’s Kanturk priced at €375,000

It’s a house and a half, literally, within the town boundary of north Cork’s Kanturk.

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Cottage site ripe for development in Cork’s Barnavara Hill

Small old cottage sits on half an acre in residential Glanmire area, wrotes Tommy Barker.

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Be crafty, opportunity knocks at former furniture maker’s home in north Cork

Barn-storming opportunities at North Cork thatched homestead, complete with tennis court and barn workshop, says Tommy Barker.

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Blackrock’s Rockfield houses have a loyal following

TUCKED away off the Church Road in Cork’s Blackrock suburb is the 1990s house scheme Rockfield, with a mix of semis and detached homes in an area of the city that had seen precious few modern developments. 

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New plans lodged at Fermoy for M8 motorway services

New plans have been lodged for a motorway service area off the M8 motorway near Fermoy in north Cork.

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Building offer adds up to a good proposition

ONE of Ireland’s top ten accountancy firms, Moore Stephens Nathans, is to sell its Cork HQ — a former Bank of Ireland premises on the South Mall — on a new 12-year lease and at a rent of €180,000 pa.

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Good opportunity to express interest in retail investment

A Dublin 8 retail investment let to Tesco Express is on offer at a c 7% net initial yield. Michelle McGarry of Colliers International seeks offers around €1.6 million for the ground floor investment at 51/52 Thomas Street, Dublin 8, close to the Meath Street junction near NCAD and St James Hospital.

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Former IFI plant bids may lead to new use and jobs

After years in abeyance, Cork harbour’s infrastructural asset Marino Point may be poised for new uses and employment, subject to its multi-million euro sale being ratified by Nama in coming weeks.

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Aldi unit hard to discount as Ballincollig investment

A retail unit acquired in 1999 as the second ever Aldi Irish store is up for sale by tender as an investment: it’s the anchor tenant in the Westside Retail Park, Ballincollig in Cork, on a lease set to run until 2024.

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Plum private portfolios

AS Nama this week brings 588 apartments for sale for €116 million in Dublin, aimed at REITS and overseas investment groups, offers on a smaller scale of apartment blocks maybe of more interest to private buyers conscious of the end of year expiry date of the CGT exemption for investments held for seven years.

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Waterville works wonders

Tommy Barker hears how a chance sing-song opened extraordinary doors for owner of this Waterville home.

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Limo-like luxury by Loughaderra Lake

Substantial, roomy East Cork home has a double garage for its limo-business vendors, says Tommy Barker.

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Park life on the Mardyke

Any new occupants of Cork’s 2 Illen Villas will have one of the city’s recently refreshed public amenities - Fitzgerald’s Park - on their back doorstep.

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Togher/Wilton on doorstep of Airport Hill Cork home

Tommy Barker says this already extended property, Alderbrook, is ready for take-off.

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All’s swell at Cobh’s Kingswell

Tommy Barker heads to Cobh to visit one of its high class big ‘uns on the High Road above the town.

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Cork’s Skehard Road gets benefit of massive Mahon renewal

The builders are coming to Cork’s Skehard Road, following on the €850,000 auction sale last week of a house on 1.25 acres there, and with a dozen or two dozen new homes now expected to replace that old five-bed dwelling and its garden. 

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Doorstep university challenge on Cork’s College Road for €350,000

It might be a bit old-school, but this four-bed semi-d near UCC on Cork’s College Road, called Glenlough, shows very well and will impress at open viewings from noon today.

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Linaro Avenue’s a hide-away by Cork’s UCC

A setting near Cork’s UCC and several hospitals, as well as sports fields, helps to pitch the home Porres, at the corner of off-radar Linaro Avenue, to family home hunters.

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Chance to cure it at Old Curate’s House, Ladysbridge do-er upper Cork

Immediate interest has swung in behind the former Curate’s House, or Parochial House, in East Cork’s pretty Ladysbridge.

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Back to a rising market at  Waterfall, Co Cork, as €680,000 sought

A ‘sale agreed’ that dragged on for a year before collapsing might benefit the sellers of Caledonia, an eco-aware home in Cork’s Waterfall, at Ballyshoneen. 

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