PROPERTY

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TWENTY Years a Growing, or Fiche Bliain ag Fás, is a classic memoir of 20th century Irish literature — but, in the case of a Cork city office building, it’s more like a case of Five Years, and no Fás.

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Hotel sales bed down

HOTELS in Cork, Kerry, Clare and Tipperary all feature in the latest burst of investor and end-user activity in the hospitality sector market.

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Woodhill House is like the throne of merchant princes

WOODHILL HOUSE, and its wooded grounds a couple of miles from Cork city at Tivoli, is steeped in Irish and local Munster mercantile, artistic and political history, over several centuries.

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The Old Rectory in Douglas is classical yet contemporary

APPROPRIATELY, there’s a view still to be had down from the wooded grounds of 2, Carrs Hill, to the exquisite spire and grounds of St Luke’s Church in Cork’s Douglas — the in-spired view is relevant, because this house was for most of its life the rectory that housed the various clergy and their families.

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Ballydehob farmhouse shows what happens when east meets west

PEOPLE are lured from all over the world to the beauty spots and hideaway havens of West Cork and, to a lesser extent, to East Cork.

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Starter home: Poulanargid, Macroom €120,000

All set for a new future is the former pub/post office at Poulanargid, in the folds of woods and hills off the main Cork-Macroom road, near Lissarda and Kilmurray. 

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Starter home: Extending the joys of summer at Primrose Hill, Blarney

This extended home hit the market, and these property pages, in the first week of January, and was quickly under offer: then, it went ‘Sale Agreed’ just a month or two afterwards, as the primroses did, indeed return in spring to Primrose Hill in Tower, near Blarney.

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Starter home: Privately set home has Lough Gur in its site’s sights

If you buy this Rawleystown, Co Limerick home, you’ll be moving into what’s a very well-established area: there’s at least 6,000 years of documented human habitation on its doorstep.

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Trading up: Upper Cloghroe, Blarney; €470,000

Called Tara, this accommodating family home near Blarney in Co Cork — with up to seven bedrooms over its split levels — was last offered for sale a couple of decades ago, but the owners decided to stay put: now, it’s for sale. 

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Trading up: Lackaroe, Youghal €320,000

Space, inside and out, comes as a given with this modern, five-bed detached home north of Youghal.

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Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork €425,000

Billing No 1 Knockrea Lawn as a family home par excellence, estate agent Mark Rose notes there are four national schools all within walking distance of this four-bed, detached Cork suburban house, on the city end of the Ballinlough Road near Bellair estate.

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Trading up: Lima Lawn, Cork City €280,000

There’s a glimpse of ‘the new’ to be had from the quite traditional No 19 Lima Lawn, in Cork’s suburbs near UCC and just off Magazine Road.

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House of the week: Turners Cross, Cork €195,000

Some houses hit viewers with a certain charm, immediately on viewing: No 3 Ossory Place is one of those.

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Building on 10-year lease to Logitech at Cork Airport Business Park up for sale

A single building let to Logitech at Cork Airport Business Park is for sale for €2.4 million, a year after the separate sale of five investment buildings there to Norwegian trust Adel Crest, for €15.1 million.

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Sales of hotels continue

New owners of Cork city’s Metropole Hotel are the Philips Hotel Group, who acquired the Cork International Airport Hotel, for c €5m, back in 2012.

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New landing at airport

Office activity in Cork’s suburbs, especially from FDI companies, has picked up sharply in recent months, according to agent Paul Hannon of Lisney.

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House of the week: Passage West, Cork €360,000

Miramar in Passage West has much to please a trade up buyer — well designed, well finished, modern living space and mature gardens as well as a separate small house for granny.

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High tech and high spec property in Crossbarry, Cork

This deceptive country dormer belies its technological underpinnings and fittings, writes Tommy Barker.

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Waterford is taking its cues from Bilbao

Regeneration of Waterford receives a boost with recognition of its Medieval Museum, says Marjorie Brennan.

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Brade makes the grade in Union Hall, West Cork

Juggling day-to-day professional jobs back in Cork city, and now with young children, means the owners of this Union Hall home have had to move closer to the big smoke, so they’ve decided to re-offer up this upgraded farmhouse to a much-improved market.

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Macroom home is a world-class conversion

The vendors of this mid-Cork farmhouse conversion are world-travellers who brought back more than souvenirs from their travels abroad....they even brought back stone for their renovtations, along with some lofty ideas for their homefront.

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Jamesbrook home is full of eastern promise

Cork harbour homes are attracting a lot of attention from UK buyers with a powerful pound, says Tommy Barker.

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Well Road home draws on its garden features

Former home of artist Gladys Leach has great gardens and access to a virtually private park, finds Tommy Barker.

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Great charm in Drimoleague farmhouse

Tommy Barker says carpenter owner worked well at this venerable West Cork courtyard cluster.

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Return of Rochestown des-res

The guide for this substantial four bed detached home indicates a resurgent market, writes Tommy Barker.

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Trading up: Monkstown, Cork €450,000

Time hasn’t stood still at Cloonlara, a long bungalow home of more than 1,650 sq ft at Rathankar, between Rochestown and Monkstown in Cork.

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Trading up: Ballincollig, Cork €435,000

Some home hunters’ days of roaming the range will be up at Dunroamin House, in Cork’s Kilnaglory, near Ballincollig.

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Trading up: Ardmore, Waterford; €380,000

Because of its coastal location and sea views, this family home near Whiting Bay in West Waterford might possibly become a holiday home.

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Trading up: Carrs Hill, Cork €325,000

Mostly likely, the buyers for this bungalow at 3 Arderrig Park will be traders-down, reckons estate agent Glenn O’Connor of DNG Creedon’s offices in Douglas.

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A Bandon banker

Going against the flow of bank-branch closures, the former West Cork branch of Permanent TSB, in Bandon, is for sale or to let, only because the bank has relocated to a larger premises.

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Former Presentation Convent in Listowel back on market

There’s been interest and a few site visits in advance of the sale by tender of the former Presentation Convent, in Listowel, Co Kerry.

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Beat a path to Trailfinders

INVESTORS seeking a return close to 13% on their €1m investment should beat a path to Cork’s Marlboro Street and to nos 40/41, home to travel company Trailfinders, which is occupying on a 25-year lease from 2006.

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Here comes the bridal centre

Bigger than a wedding marquee - that’s the proposed new national Bridal Centre.

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Starter home: Ballincollig, Cork €245,000

There’s a good, westerly aspect to the back garden of No 5, The Avenue, out in Ballincollig’s Coolroe Heights.

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Starter home: Classes Lake, Ballincollig €240,000

Selling agents O’Mahony Walsh aren’t shy about the charms of the three-bed semi-d at 5, The Heathers, in the Ovens/Ballincollig Classes Lake development by O’Callaghan Properties. 

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Starter home: Togher, Cork €130,000

A lot of work has gone into the decor of 17 Hazel Road, a mid-terraced three bed family home, handily right next door to a Lidl in Cork’s Togher suburb. 

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High end Cork Harbour home will steal your heart away

Tommy Barker says this is one of the very few woodland sites where development has been allowed in the greater Cork area.

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Millionaire pad in West Cork makes its mark

Former West Cork residence of Anthony O’Reilly overlooking Glandore is on the money, says Tommy Barker.

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Slice of sylvan serenity in Glanmire, Cork

This cottage’s private rural, river setting has great grounds for a unique family home, writes Tommy Barker.

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When it comes to buying, strategy can triumph over any market conditions

THE property market nationwide is undisputedly in recovery mode; some areas are recovering with more gusto than others but overall, the trajectory is positive. 

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Work in progress on millionaires row in Killarney

Trish Dromey hears there is phenomenal interest in this Killarney elevated property at Ardagh, needing completion.

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House of the week: Blackrock, Cork €600,000

There’s always a cachet to the Blackrock Road address of Menloe Gardens — and, it’s been a few years since a house came up for sale here.

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Trading up: Ardfield, Clonakilty €345,000

Lovely, old world character — and land, and a gazebo — comes with Mountain Common Farmhouse, in the dispersed West Cork village Ardfield, six miles from Clonakilty.

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Trading up: Well Road, Cork €450,000

Just off the Well Road, and on a corner site with south and west garden and patio aspects in the Ardmahon estate in the greater Douglas/Ballinlough suburban hinterland is this large, five-bed family home, called Glencairn.

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Trading up: Montenotte, Cork €350,000

There’s kerb appeal to the front of this 1920s Montenotte semi-detached home up at 27 St Joseph’s Drive - and, if you were to pass by the back garden, it’s even more appealing.

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Trading up: Watergrasshill, Cork €265,000

There’s a whole lot of house for traders-up, or even first-time buyers at 1, The Drive, Priory Court, in Watergrasshill.

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Trading up: Brinny, Co Cork; €125,000

Potential is what is being offered at this roadside Brinny property, stretching out along the back road from Innishannon to Bandon, 20 minutes west of Cork city.

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Starter home: Watergrasshill, Cork 265,000

There’s a whole lot of house for a first-time buyer, or even a trader-up, at 1, The Drive, Priory Court, in Watergrasshill.

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Starter home: Cork city €130,000

Tommy Barker on reasons you’ll be glad of this top floor two-bed pad.

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Starter home: Crosshaven, Cork €100,000

Tommy Barker on the charms of a centuries-old protected thatched cottage by the sea at Crosshaven that is priced to sell quickly.

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Stellar space in this 1950s Douglas home

This suburban 1950s home has almost doubled its original size in a magical makeover says Tommy Barker.

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Excellence paired with exclusivity in Douglas, Cork

Trish Dromey says a rare opportunity for a superb family home has come to the market outside Douglas in Cork, with woodland to the rear.

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House of the week: Maryborough, Douglas €295,000

Talk about a high-end home - , even if it’s ‘only’ a townhouse. 

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1950s South Douglas Road home has modernising touches

THERE seems to be an extra bit of width to the four-bed family home called Soubirous, on Cork’s South Douglas Road, most likely called after a 19th century French Christian mystic and visionary at Lourdes.

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Ladysbridge home in Cork worth a look

 

Trish Dromey hears how this traditional farmhouse, and its stylish extension, could suit modern living.

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Georgian home offers chance to step back in time

Period property was carefully renovated to retain unique features, says Trish Dromey.

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To the waters in the wild of Ballingeary

Renovated farmhouse is ideal home for those who want peace and tranquility.

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Modern family-friendly home in Montenotte, Cork

Tommy Barker finds a Seventies home in the suburbs which has been cleverly and tastefully opened up.

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Super semi in Blackrock, Cork with lots in store

A spacious and modern Cork city suburban semi-d is ticking all of the ‘Trading Up’ and relocation boxes.

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Traditional tranquility in Fennells Bay, Cork

This quaint old cottage has spectacular views over Cork Harbour and sits on a surprisingly large, private site.

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Trading up: Crosshaven, Cork €500,000

It seems to pretty much be all about the site, and the views, from 7 Ard Cross, in county Cork’s Crosshaven. 

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Trading up: Ballinlough Road, Cork €345,000

Fresher than many of its neighbours is the mid 1900s Ballinlough Road family home called Padua - it was upgraded in the mid 2000, and the underpinning/drains work was done at the same time.

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Trading up: South Douglas Road, Cork €330,000

Location and shortage of supply will bolster bids at Coppeen, on Cork’s South Douglas Road: it’s already gone over its €330,000 asking price, and that’s not surprising given recent bidding on another, smaller semi-d nearby.

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Trading up: Donoughmore, Cork €300,000

Good insulation standards, and a wood-burning stove, help to give a decent B3 BER score to this 15-year-old rural dormer home, near Donoughmore, 20 minutes north of Cork city.

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Starter home: Ballincollig, Cork €270,000

 

Just off the Ballincollig bypass, this pristine property in Greenfields, could be right up your street. Just turn the key, and personalise it.

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Starter home: Tramore Road, Cork €285,000

The bonus of three decent worksheds, two with mechanics’ pits, could enable a buyer to work from home, and help pay the mortgage, on this four-bed bungalow called Sapphire. 

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Starter home: Leap, West Cork €149,000

BACK and busier than ever is the West Cork village of Leap, a scenic small community by a tidal inlet at the top of Glandore harbour, on the main N71 route to points further west.

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Starter home: Maryborough Woods, Cork €149,000

The chance to get in at ground level, literally, at the apartment blocks at Douglas’s Welwyn Road, up in Maryborough Woods, has come with the sale of No 8.

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Munster auction has 20 properties

There are 20 lots due under the auction hammer Thursday next, May 7, in the latest IAMSOLD/Munster Property Auction.

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Former Blacktie shop will suit investor on main Cork city street

WITH a pick-up in fortunes at the northern end of Cork City’s retail thoroughfare, Patrick Street, a new sales push and a new agent are behind the vacant corner property at No 125 Patrick Street/Lavitts Quay, by St Patrick’s Bridge.

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Bank sales on the money

A LIMERICK City bank building, on O’Connell Street and Bedford Row, is being sold for as much as €10m — a recent Munster-bank investment sale price record.

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House of the week: Clonakilty, West Cork €690,000

THERE are glimpses of the sea and beaches out at Inchydoney island from this modern-build,called Island View, tucked away out of storms’ way at a back road beyond one of the island’s causeway approaches, at Garranagoleen.

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Reach for the heady heights in Aghada, East Cork

This spectacular one-off family home stretches to 5,000 sq ft of expertly designed accommodation with no expense spared, says Tommy Barker.

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Oldest house in Cork’s Marina has just come to market at €1.15m

Lee-facing Northcliffe retains many of its 300- year old features and is tastefully decorated and well-maintained throughout, writes Tommy Barker.

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Carrigaline house has hidden depths

Tommy Barker says this tastefully finished house really grows on you with each visit.

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A gem of a house in Tivoli, Cork

Tivoli’s Cahernane is set where Cork’s monied classes colonised a sunny hillside, writes Tommy Barker.

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Trading up: Richmond Wood, Glanmire, €550,000

Originally built in the early 1990s, this detached bungalow at Cork’s Richmond Wood got a makeover and energy efficiency upgrade in 2009, gratis of architect John Morehead, who brings new-builds to passive and near passive energy standards.

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Trading up: Douglas Road, Cork; €350,000

This four-bed semi-d called ‘La Puente’, inside and at the back end of the Endsleigh estate off Cork’s main Douglas Road, is primed for updating, once in new ownership.

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Trading up: Maryborough, Douglas, Cork, €340,000

Up towards the front of the Broadale development in Cork’s Maryborough Hill area are the detached, two-storey houses in a section called Willsbrook.

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Trading up: Bishopstown, Cork €325,000

The general market wisdom is that if a bungalow comes up for sale in any of Cork’s older, settled suburbs like Bishopstown, it would simply fly out the door. 

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Starter home: Ballinlough Road, Cork €165,000

Location on the city end of Cork’s Ballinlough Road is paired with that old chestnut — potential — as key selling points for this two-bed townhouse.

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Starter home: Farranree, Cork €135,000

With a little cash to upgrade the spec, this is ideal for first time buyers.

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Killarney’s ‘halo’ effect

A SUPER-STRONG land sale result in the heart of Killarney by the National Park at Port Road, via private auction, “is very good news for Killarney,” says local agent Tom Spillane, as 6.45 acres of residential development land sold for €2.45 million, for a receiver.

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Mall gets its mojo back

HIGH vacancy levels on Cork City’s South Mall may finally be reversed, with an overall rise in the economy, and in the demand for professional services and indigenous offices.

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Kinsale convent scheme reduced to 96 residences

Plans submitted before Christmas have been approved by Cork County Council for a reduced-scale development at a former Kinsale convent.

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Ovens family home has got all the bare necessities

Tommy Barker says this exceptional family home has been seasonally set up to show it off at its very best.

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House of the week: Maryborough Hill, Cork €580,000

THE GARDENS are just coming into their own at Kingscourt, a detached bungalow amid the blossoms, on a fabulous acre along Cork’s Maryborough Hill, beyond Douglas.

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A touch of old class in Kinsale for €1.35m

Tommy Barker enjoys the privacy that the aspect of Kinsale’s Old Rectory bestows and reflects on the history of this charming, elegant classic.

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Clonkeen property would suit Cork-Killarney commuting couple

AN OPPORTUNITY for green valley living is offered at this sheltered and secluded property at Clonkeen, just a few miles west of the Cork Kerry county bounds.

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Replacing the old with the new in well-built Crookstown home

 

Tommy Barker says the name belies the stature of this modern home.

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Two-faced charmer in Castletownshend, West Cork

Tommy Barker says Castletownsend’s Tot’s Cottage has something different going on behind its facade.

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Trading up: Skibbereen, West Cork; €450,000

Called the Sycamores, this modern family home’s on a smashing four-acre plot of ground, with paddocks, just off the Baltimore Road a mile or so out from Skibbereen in a quiet setting.

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Trading up: Garryvoe, East Cork €385,000

It’s bucket and spade time again as summer beckons — and estate agent Barry Nagle of Global Properties has a coastal Co Cork home up for grabs, ideal for the largest of families.

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Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork €375,000

Now about 60 years old, this detached four-bed family home in Cork called Curra has an interesting back-story.

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Trading up: Maryborough Ridge, Cork €375,000

Hot on the heels of the sales of 10 out of 15 new homes left at Maryborough Ridge comes a family home resale, where a four-bed semi-d at 23 Edgewood, within the outer-Douglas scheme, is guided at €375,000 by Glenn O’Connor of DNG Creedon.

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Starter home: Eagle Valley, Wilton €250,000

Tommy Barker says this family home on the edge of the city’s suburbs has a back garden with a country field boundary for a rural connection.

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Starter home: Summerhill South, Cork City €255,000

There’s a lovely, bohemian sort of feel to this terraced red-brick Victorian home, on Frankfield Terrace, near Cork city centre, by the Capwell Road bus depot.

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Starter home: Owenahincha, West Cork €95,000

Priced within reach of first-time buyers at €95,000, Strand Cottage will have an obvious appeal to holiday-home hunters, given its setting, by a Blue Flag beach.

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Starter home: Roman St, Cork City €60,000

The former home of a Lord Mayor is tiny, but it’s centrally located.

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An industrial revolution

OWNER-occupiers are to the fore in inquires about warehouse units priced from €100,0000 to €600,000, according to specialists, Lisney, saying the range of offers at Little Island Cork shows a pick-up in activity.

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Ballincollig is a banker

STRONG, five-yearly rental increases, with the next hike due in summer, 2016, underpin the attractiveness of a bank building investment, in Cork’s redeveloped Ballincollig Town Centre.

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Superb residential rental investment opportunity

An investment opportunity with six modern residential properties built 10 years ago is on offer off Spring Lane, in Cork city’s Blackpool employment hub.

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Economist says government spend must be on capital projects and not on public sector pay

If Government is ramping up spending in the run up to a 2016 election, it should be directed at capital projects, rather than public sector pay.

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Trading up: Shanakiel, Cork €520,000

The houses at Cork’s Ashboro, up in Shanakiel and above Sunday’s Well, are big blocks of homes: in fact, it’s nearly a surprise to find that houses here like No 8 Ashboro have ‘only’ 1,900 sq ft inside in them.

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Trading up: Tivoli, Cork €350,000 (site only)

Select new house developments are just underway in Cork city in locations like Church Road, Blackrock, and Feirm Bawn in Wilton, each for a handful of new homes - but there’s also sites for one-offs, if you know where to look.

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Trading up: Togher, Cork €315,000

This three-bed bungalow by Cork’s Lough and a SuperValu takes up just one-twentieth of its site — so, there must be scope to do more with it?

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Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork €295,000

Homes around Cork’s Ballinlough suburb have made a strong price recovery in the past several years.

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Plain sailing with ship-shape beauty at Tanglewood in Currabinny

Inspired by the sea, stunning Tanglewood is a perfect place to drop anchor, says Tommy Barker.

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Suburban home with period charm at Lislee on Pouladuff Road

Lovely Lislee has had lots of work done, says Tommy Barker.

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Haven Cottage is holiday bolt-hole with great views of Ballyshane beach

Tommy Barker views a charming cottage by Ballyshane beach, a haven by name and nature, and could be even more with its 1.25-acre site.

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Terrace hits the heights

You can be sitting pretty in this elevated St Luke’s Cross area period home, says Tommy Barker          

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A slice of Scandinavia in Dromcollogher, Limerick

A four-bed hardwood house shipped from Sweden nine years ago is now up for sale, writes Trish Dromey.

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Quality space all round in Passage West property

Tommy Barker visits No 20 The Highlands, Passage West, with rare garden space and a quality revamp inside.  

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Ovals offers touch of style and space in Rochestown Road area

Set in a small, well-maintained scheme, this ideal family home has lots to offer, says Tommy Barker.

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Thatched cottage in Dingle will make you stone glad

A super-sized modern take on the traditional thatch cottage on the Dingle peninsula is a holiday home with a twist, says Trish Dromey.

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House of the week: Myrtleville, Cork, €350,000

The setting, the sea, the sunny aspect, the swimming holes beneath the sloping terraced grounds - just some of the features that combine to make Ceann Mhara a very special buy.

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Prime Waterford property deals

TWO prime Waterford City investments worth €13.5m — one next to where Wetherspoons have acquired a 4,000 sq ft city footprint for a new bar — are new to market for a local family of investor/owners.

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These are the new shops and restaurants coming to Cork city centre

RETAIL activity has strengthened in the past 18 months, and notably now in Cork city centre. Increasing employment is restoring consumer sentiment and driving retail sales, as evidenced by the notable pick-up in occupier demand.

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All sorts at Allsop auction lots

ELEVEN student apartments developed in a 48-unit scheme on the site of Cork City’s old, famed Arcadia Ballroom, by Kent Railway Station, and with a rental income of €125,0000 per annum, are to go under the auction hammer with Allsop later this month: the former Section 50 units (the tax reliefs have now expired) are priced at €825,000, or less than seven years’ income.

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Fairy Valley in Durrus, West Cork €1.2m

The 84-acre Fairy Valley has two modern houses, farm land, ponds and Dunmanus Bay views, says Tommy Barker.

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Youghal ready for a nice seachange?

 

This 1860s hospitable family home on the Front Strand at the seaside resort has been given purposeful new life, says Tommy Barker.

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House of the week: Monkstown, Cork €360,000

The Vesey, or DeVesci, family owned estates of many thousands of acres in Irish counties, from Cork to Laois (where they had over 15,000 acres), and back in the 1800s they owned a swathe of land in Cork’s harbour area, between Monkstown and Passage West.

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Trading up: Ovens, Cork €230,000

A long, useful back garden, rising up in tiers behind No 4, The Willows, in Cork’s Classes Lake, is a bonus for a family looking for an affordable home, in a popular, modern development, around Cork’s Ballincollig and Ovens suburbs.

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Trading up: Knocklong, Limerick €495,000

Set in the midst of Limerick horse country, this detached property at Knocklong offers a good range of facilities both for horse owners and for their animals.

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Trading up: Frankfield, Cork €279,000

Attic rooms have been created at 11 Frankfield, a detached early 1980s bungalow on a corner site, within a long-settled development up by Frankfield Golf Club, on the hills fringing Cork city and Douglas.

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Trading up: Amberley, Grange €260,000

There’s a useful, extra-sized front drive up to the immaculate bungalow home at 14 Amberley, in Cork’s Grange suburbs above Douglas — there’s enough parking here for a fleet of cars, or a bus.

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Starter home: South Ring, Clonakilty €525,000

BIG site, small house, and the very best of beach views are all in the mix here in West Cork’s South Ring, by Clonakilty Bay.

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