PROPERTY

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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Boreenmanna Road, Cork €125,000

There’s a crisp, modern angular look to the apartments built at Elderwood, on Cork’s Boreenmanna Road, and now a one-bed here, No 18, with a very handy patio/balcony, has come to market.

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Burrow down at Maryborough

It’s getting harder to get good, clean and well-located three-beds under the €200k mark, so there’s going to be bidding interest in 74 Maryborough Court, priced at €185,000.

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Hard to match thatch, especially in Burren and Ballyvaughan beauty spot

Setting near Black Head and Ballyvaughan makes this Wild Atlantic Way thatch special, says Tommy Barker.

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Applewood could be sweet buy

Amid rising prices, Applewood may be worth a bite, says Tommy Barker.

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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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Record sales in sight as hotels spree continues

AS Irish hotel sales inch up to an end-of-year €500m tally, more hotels, north and south of the Border, have found new owners in the past week, in Wexford, Galway and Fermanagh.

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West Cork Technology Park deal goes through

AN investment that included land, and buildings and rental income has been sold in West Cork for c €1.4m.

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Firm puts forward major changes to shopping centre

Significant internal and external changes to Cork’s Merchants Quay Shopping Centre are proposed in an application lodged last week.

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Nohoval mill conversion yields coastal comfort down by a cove

A coastal Cork mill building which literally has come back from the dead has a poignant anniversary next year— it’s by an on-shore spot close to the 1915 sinking of a British tanker.

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Fountainstown home worth a look-sea

IT’S a short enough run down hill to the sea from this big, stone-faced modern home called Sunfield House.

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Perfect for a stable West Cork life

IT’S ALL horses for courses for the woman selling this one-off West Cork home, small holding, horse facility par excellence and a whole host more: as an engineer, she’ll simply saddle up and start all over again.

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Douglas dormer is a delight

THE shortage of mature, family homes in the Douglas area of Cork has underpinned the €630,000 price hopes of Kylemore, a distinctive-looking detached dormer house dating to the 1950s.

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Tirol the horse lives on in house development’s name

Tommy Barker finds Cork houses named after racehorse Tirol are stable buys.

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Cute country commute at Cloghroe

Tommy Barker says as city prices soar, theres’ value left in easily commutable rural locations.

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Cushy times at Belvelly, Cobh’s Cois Fota for  €465,000

Having tweaked their house design to suit their preferences 11 years ago, now that it’s time to sell and move on, the owners of No 6 Cois Fota are bound to have mixed feelings.

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Glorious Glencar, Kerry Bridia Valley home for €260,000

Captivating views of the magnificent hills and mountains of the Bridia Valley in Co Kerry come gratis with this seven-year old dormer home.

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Eco-features at Baltimore, West Cork €345,000

It might be heading out of sunny, holiday season, but this Baltimore modern build is a home for all seasons.

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Tidy times at Rathbarry, West Cork; €365,000

An old, stone wall which was part of the original Castlefreke estate of Lord Carbery bounds Cloonbeg, a four-bed home which is for sale in West Cork’s Rathbarry village.

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Ballinlough, Cork €195,000

The selling agents of 5, Sunnyside, Belmont, don’t lie when they describe the back garden of this mid-terrace Ballinlough home as low maintenance: a rake of the gravel every few months is probably about all it needs right now.

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Douglas Hall Mews’ pristine No 9 would make a ‘neat’ home for first-time buyers

THE €255,000 pricetag is within the reach of the better-off first-time buyers, and No 9, Douglas Hall Mews, will receive first-time-buyer attention, as well as catching the eye of traders-down.

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Quirky Midleton boathouse worth a punt

Two-bed conversion in Midleton for €120,000 has scope for an extension.

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Cathedral Road, Cork City €90,000

They were generous with gardens, back in the day when houses were built along CorkCity’s Cathedral Road, up above Shandon Street. 

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Sales flow at property auctions in both Cork and Dublin

AN 81% sales record was achieved at last week’s Munster Property Auction, with 21 out or 26 lots selling at Cork’s Rochestown Park Hotel. It comprised 16 Cork lots, five from Kerry, three from Limerick and one apiece from counties Waterford and Tipperary.

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Banking on a great return as  Tralee town centre bank comes on market

Private investors are being invited to become ‘King of the Castle,’ as a Tralee town centre bank, occupied by Bank of Ireland on Castle Street, is being touted for sale, with an attractive rental income of €277,000 pa.

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Prime residential land minutes from Killarney guided at €100,000

Top Killarney residential development land is for sale, guided at €100,000 an acre, for a plot within a short walk of the busy tourist capital.

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Groves Pub in Blackpool, Cork, on market with price tag of €525,000

One of the largest, and best trading pubs on Cork city’s Northside, the 9,000 sq ft Groves in Blackpool, has been put to market by a receiver for €525,000, via agents Behan Irwin Gosling.

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Sites in demand around Cork with builders back in town

The sale at public auction this week of a 1.25 acre house-building site in Cork for €845,000 shows builders are back to town — and bidding for sites.

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Shandon Travel have been on the move in Cork city

When you’re in the travel business you have to get used to people moving about, but Cork city-based travel experts Shandon Travel are still getting a little excited about their switch to a new city centre location.

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Youghal’s Quality Hotel for sale for just €450,000

JOINING Savills’ offer of the Dundrum House Hotel in Tipperary for sale at €2.75m, and the 110-bed Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise for €1.5m, is another Munster hotel — a beachside offer at €450,000, just waiting for the tide of opportunity to turn.

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Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre is to be redeveloped

Face of change in Cork City

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Planning notes that caught our eye ...

Mahon Point 

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A test of market exuberance

Renovated, opened-up semi-d in Cork’s Bishopstown is bullishly priced at €550,00, says Tommy Barker.

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House of the week: Kerry Pike, Cork €395,000

There were four house types built at the 33-unit scheme Mitchell’s Court, in Kerry Pike, just a short haul up the shouldering hills of Cork heading towards Blarney — or, towards Kerry, if you were to take the old butter roads.

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Well home on wishlist

This Cork period home has a pretty perch — with precious parking space aplenty, writes Tommy Barker.

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Trading up: Beaumont, Cork, €330,000

It’s big enough, it’s detached, the house’s location within Beaumont is good - and the €330,000 guide price isn’t going to dampen enthusiasm either on 50 Ashleigh Gardens.

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Trading up: Kinsale, Cork €345,000

The Kinsale market is flying along, but there’s a shortage of family homes — and that’s where this Eldon Heights home comes to the fore. 

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Trading up: Glounthaune, Cork €375,000

A comprehensive refurb and upgrade has been done to this broad bungalow at 21 The Highlands.

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Trading up: Pallaskenry, Limerick €900,000

Depending on what you are looking for, this Co Limerick whopper of a home with Shannon estuary view is either less, or more, than the sum of its many and sizeable parts.

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Two could be just right for you

You can tell the market has moved on again, with cash sloshing about, when the selling agents of Nos 13 and 14 Vicars Street (off Cork’s Barrack Street, near UCC) have to point out the asking price €150,000 is per property - and not for the two. 

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Cherished retreat with estuary view is attracting lots of interest

Much appreciated by its well-travelled owner, this West Cork haven with developed garden is up for grabs, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Ballincollig, Cork €170,000

The benefits of being mid-terraced are less heat loss through walls, and you probably get the same floor area as a semi-d or end of terrace home, but for less money.

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Starter home: Blackrock, Cork €140,000

As ideal for traders-down as for starters-out is the ground floor apartment at 1 Pinecourt, on Cork’s Church Road, Blackrock and just off the Skehard Road.

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Nama fuels hotels blitz

Limerick’s Savoy Hotel, Killarney’s Malton, Kilkenny’s Ormonde Hotel and now Cork’s Metropole Hotel are set to boost the end of year hotel sales tally to about €350 million.

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Cork City office proposal referred to appeals board

The recent decision of Cork City Council to allow a previously-permitted development change from retail to mostly office use has been referred to An Bord Pleanála.

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A calling to the bar

Yet another career beckons for Pat Burton - this time, he’s taken on the challenge of a 10,000 sq ft bar and bistro, bought from a receiver, in Cork city’s western suburbs.

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Top of class Maryborough to get top glass extension

Thanks to over-building, and over-supply, many Irish hotels continue to be lemons - but it’s orangeries all the way for the winner of the ‘AA Ireland Hotel of the Year’ accolade for 2014-2015.

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Former orphanage could be returned to private home usage

A former orphanage property n Cork harbour’s Passage West town, on over seven acres and being sold for the HSE, carries a €750,000 asking price.

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Tasty offer in gourmet town

An end of year sale closure is aimed for the in €1.1m-plus investment sale of an AIB bank branch in Kinsale, Cork.

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Rebel members win leadership awards

Six Macra members from Cork received Leadership Distinction Awards at a special ceremony as part of county officer training.

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Indulge in outdoor living in this beautiful Coachford residence

Coachford, Cork €1.25 million
Sq m 470 (5,059 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4
BER rating: Exempt
Best feature: Serenity

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Touch of California on Déise Gold Coast

Dungarvan, Waterford €750,000
Sq m 327 (3,500 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
BER rating: C3
Best Feature: Setting and style

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Glorious Ballinahow House showcases its Tipperary history

Ballinahow, Tipperary €750,000
Sq m 363 (3,900 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 plus 1 Bathrooms: 4
BER Rating: Exempt
Best Feature: Style - and relatively affordable

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Montenotte’s crowning glory above the city

Montenotte, Cork €635,000
Sq m 139 (1,490 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
BER Rating: A3

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Rochestown home is a must see

Size: 2,717/2,879 sq ft
Bedrooms: 4-plus Bathrooms: 4-plus
BER Rating: B3
Best Feature: Small, contemporary development

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Large and lofty des res in Glounthaune

Glounthaune, Co Cork €695,000
Sq m 336 (3,600 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5
BER Rating: n/a
Best Feature: Good, and big

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Trading up: New-build at an affordable price

A 2,000 sq ft new-build, air-tight home, for upwards of €70,000? Well, that’s for starters at least.

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Trading up: Home in Blackrock, Cork, on market for €470,000

Size: 210sq m (2,250sq ft)
Bathrooms: 5 Bedrooms: 6
BER Rating: E2

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