PROPERTY

Hot auction action in Dublin and Cork

A HEATWAVE was promised for this week - but, as much heat will be generated by a flurry of auction action. 

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High-octane Cork apartment site

A PEARL of a riverside Cork site, between the gates of UCC and the city centre, is for sale for €2.5m.

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Offices all the biz in the Cork scene

IN the first five months of 2015, office activity in Cork has been dominated by the FDI sector, with five substantial transactions completed.

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PLANNING NOTES: Togher Road SuperValu goes for super-size

A busy southside supermarket in Cork City is proposed for expansion into a neighbourhood centre.

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Period charm meets river view off the Lee Road in Cork

A sun-washed viewing terrace is the opener to country house style off Cork’s Lee Road. Rose Martin reports.

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House of the week: Montenotte, Cork €525,000

Montenotte - the pinnacle of property positioning since the before the Act of Union. 

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Carr Cotter Naessens Architects bookended by success

A Cork-based architecure firm has won accolades for its work on the stunning dlr Lexicon Library in Dun Laoghaire, writes Carol O’Callaghan with the prospect of more to come on the world’s stage.

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VIDEO: Architect Paul McNally has total belief in the passive house system

Kya deLongchamps talks to Paul McNally, a Cork architect who’s just won an RIAI Annual Award.

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Retreat from the world in American-style property in Kinsale

Rose Martin delights in this American-style property on a waterside site of 1.67 acres, minutes from Kinsale.

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Dromana House in County Waterford open its doors to history

Mary Leland delves into the rich history which visitors can enjoy at next week’s Dromana 800 celebrations.

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Trade-ups near Tower village, Cork

Trish Dromey admires two good choices within walking distance of each other in Cloghroe and Tower, Co Cork.

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Trading up: Kilcrea Hill, Ovens, Cork €460,000

A short hop from Killumney village in Co Cork, in an area that according to Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald is highly desireable is this 5-bed, detached Kilcrea Hill house.

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Trading up: 18 Muckross Drive, Killarney €450,000

Michael Coghlan of Sherry FitzGerald Coghlan is expecting a lot of interest in this four-bedroom detached house because there is such a shortage of available property at this level in the area. 

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Trading up: Carrignavar, Cork €340,000

Home comforts at Dun na Ri in Carrignavar include a hand carved Italian bar counter with beer on draught as well as a high-tech cinema projector with a nine-foot screen.

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Trading up: Rathcormac, Cork €310,000

Bizee Bee near Rathcormac is an attractive split-level bungalow with beautiful plant filled gardens on a stream bounded site.

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Starter home: Turners Cross, Cork €265,000

Trish Dromey on a modernised and redecorated house on Derrynane Rd.

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Starter home: Quaker Road, Cork €125,000

Just one day after it went on the market, this two bed property at 29 Quaker Road in Cork city attracted a bid of it’s asking price of €125,000.

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Starter home: East Ferry, East Cork €125,000

With some TLC and modern comforts this cosy cottage could be just right for a couple, an individual or for holidays, says Trish Dromey.

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Starter home: Upper Strand, Youghal €120,000

With a guide of €120,000 this semi-detached Victorian property at Sunnyside Villas in Youghal would do very nicely as a starter or for holidays.

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New wave centre opens

Exactly two years after a sod-turning ceremony on the site, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will officially open the new Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy on July 11.

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Hit the lofty heights

Knocklofty House may trigger a memory from the 1970’s.

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Co Kerry woodland haven is an art house hideaway

Tommy Barker enjoys the aspect of this one-off woodland haven on Caragh Lake in Kerry, a perfect find for a painter, potter or poet.

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House of the week: Ardbrack, Kinsale €750,000

The site is everything at this 1970’s Kinsale property which has the best views the area has to offer.

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Top dollar for Glanmire contemporary build

Tommy Barker looks at this spacious ‘no expense spared’ quality build with lots of light and shade.

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‘Castle’ in Garryvoe has views fit for a king

Laurie O’Flynn discovers an East Cork gem overlooking Ballycotton Bay and Garryvoe.

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Room for a pony or two in Roovesbeg, Coachford

Trish Dromey sees huge potential in this small holding at Roovesbeg, Coachford which has 11 private acres.

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Carrigtwohill cottage is pristine and private

Laurie O’Flynn visits this Carrigtwohill cottage transformation by an enthusiastic engineer owner.

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Kilkenny home is charming from pillar to post

The Old Post Office in Piltown is certain to send investors into a flurry of excitement, writes Trish Dromey.

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Desirable detached home in Montenotte, Cork

Detached houses never come on the market here. That’s according to auctioneer Mark Gosling of Behan, Irwin & Gosling, who has just listed 7 Springfort, in Cork’s Montenotte with an asking price of 395,000.

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Trading up: Ballydowney, Killarney €450,000

Property Partners Gallivan say properties like 1, Cnoc na Rí at Ballydowney in Killarney, Co Kerry, are becoming hard to find.

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Trading up: Templemartin, Bandon €425,000

At the upper end of the market in Bandon, Co Cork comes an attractive dormer property at Templemartin with a guide of €425,000.

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Trading up: Blarney, Cork €390,000

There are two faces or facades to the quality and deceptive family home called Aisling.

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Trading up: Ballingarry, Limerick €380,000

Trading up in West Limerick could be spacious, comfortable, and energy efficient at this three/four-bed detached house at the Commons near Ballingarry.

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Starter home: Clashmore, East Cork €99,000

Guiding at €99,000, this cottage in East Cork could be ideal for a first-timer with DIY skills or as a single-storey house for retirees, says Trish Dromey.

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Starter home: Dromgarriff, Glengariff €69,950

This modernist gem, built in the 1970s, is fitted with perfect period furniture, writes Rose Martin.

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Property will appeal to those in equine sector

Warrenstown is possibly best remembered in the agricultural community for the very fine horticultural and agricultural college based there until the 2000s. 

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Well-kept convent a ‘godsend’ for €225,000

The sale of convents around the country chronicles the rapidly changing status of the Catholic Church, one of Ireland’s largest and most enduring institutions.

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Set your Compass for Cork

THE remaining zoned land of McInerney Homes, Ireland’s largest house builder during the boom, is now on the market through DTZ Sherry FitzGerald, on behalf of Kieran Wallace and Padraic Monaghan, of KPMG, the receivers.

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Built for €37m and sold for €9m, Radisson Blue is typical of hotels developed at end of boom

The year 2005 was Ireland’s ‘if you build it, they will come’ period. Much was built, but the conventional wisdom that property couldn’t lose money, was hitting the skids.

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City Island still afloat

BALLYMORE Properties has not gone away.

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House of the week: College Road, Cork city €365,000

HOUSES — and, especially, those in cities — don’t get much calmer than the Victorian gem at 9 Fernhurst Terrace, on Cork city’s College Road: it just exudes relaxation.

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VIDEO: Gold standards at former Lord Mayor’s Rochestown home

Tommy Barker says the home of a former Cork Lord Mayor has had second, caring and improving owners.

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Have a look inside the home of UCC maths professor George Boole

Tommy Barker revisits the one-time home of UCC maths professor George Boole as the 200th anniversary of his birth is celebrated.

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Period property in north-east Cork was carefully modernised

Trish Dromey says this period property in north-east Cork was carefully modernised and now scores a C1 BER.

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Carrigaline family home is a home to nest in

Tommy Barker says there is a lot of quirky charm to Raven’s Rest and an independent granny flat too.

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Five-bed on third-of-an-acre outside Cork

An Cearta is set by the Lee Valley, near Inniscarra, seven miles from the city fringes, says Tommy Barker.

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Life at the top in city centre home

Three-storey, two-bed townhouse in Cork is high-end, with a mid-floor kitchen and en-suites, says Tommy Barker.

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Home as good as new in Glanmire

The pristine No 5, Gleann Caoin, is a split-level four-bed in a quiet cul de sac in Cork village, says Laurie O’Flynn.

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Trading up: Limetrees, Douglas €385,000

It might be a few decades old, but the four-bedroomed semi-detached home at 30 Limetrees Road East is a good ’un, well kept, and with a long, south-facing back garden, says estate agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing.

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Trading up: Off Magazine Road, Cork €315,000

Most of the houses of the same vintage as Kilcrea’s Park’s Rahara are by now showing their age here — so don’t be fooled by this home’s 1950s vintage and origins.

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Trading up: Crosshaven, Co Cork €350,000

Neat as pin, and overlooking a point — that’s this Church Bay, Crosshaven, Co Cork, home with a wide appeal to home hunters of the holiday or permanent residence persuasion.

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Trading up: Waterford/Cork border €260,000

SET against a rural Blackwater Valley backdrop is this smartly upgraded four-bed bungalow, with a vaulted ceiling in its large added-on kitchen/dining area - an ideal room for out-of-town parties.

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Starter home: Carrigaline, Cork €220,000

Set in toward the end of Heatherfield in Carrigaline, by the town’s development boundary on the eastern side, is a scheme of just 10 bungalows, called The Limetrees. 

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Starter home: Blackrock, Cork €179,000

Blackrock village setting by a rail line amenity walk add to offer at unusual terraced layout, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Gneeveguilla, Co Kerry €55,000 each

THERE could be a ‘flipping’ great opportunity for a tradesman (or woman) willing to put in the work at An Páirc in Gneeveguilla, Co Kerry buying a first home and/or an investment property to sell on in a ‘flip’ once it’s complete.

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€1.2m for Emmet Place Costa Coffee building

STARBUCKS and Nando’s are coming to Cork City’s Emmet Place — and, now, an investment property linked to long-time developer/investor, Robin Power, and which is let to two food operators, is for sale there, priced at €1.2m.

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Hunger for new restaurants in Carrigaline and Midleton continues

The Irish economy’s pick-up continues to feed, and be fed by, new restaurant openings in Carrigaline and Midleton, with established operators to the fore.

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Sligo’s Markree Castle bought

LEAVING Cooper family hands for the first time since Cromwellian days is Sligo’s historic Markree Castle, the latest in a quickly expanding list of Irish hotels and castles changing hands along with the likes of Adare, and Ashford, while Waterford Castle is also up for new ownership.

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Iconic Algiers Inn making waves in Baltimore

WEST CORK has a few iconic bars with a reputation spreading over the waves — and the Algiers Inn is definitely up there with the best of them, hosting celebs, slaking thirsts and appearing in movies, ads and TV shows.

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Cork's Paul Street bookstore is set for cafe use

A former bookshop in Cork City centre has permission to be changed to a cafe/restaurant, following a recent planning decision.

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It’s Georgian on the mind in Blackrock Road home

Tommy Barker revisits ‘Arundel’ 10 years since it was last on the market and witnesses an utter transformation.

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House of the week: Douglas, Cork €580,000

THERE’S something special — in fact, lots special — about the great family home called Ard na Gréine, which bookends the Rosebank estate, located between the main and south Douglas roads in Cork’s suburbs.

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You’ll feel high and mighty at Spy Hill home in Cobh

VIEWS and space are the main attractions of 2 West End, a semi-detached Victorian property located up on Spy Hill above the town of Cobh. 

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A designer lifestyle in Ballincurra House, Limerick City

Mirabelle was built in 1981 by its architect-owner in a leafy, secluded enclave in Limerick, says Trish Dromey.

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Move uptown in Newtown, Co Waterford

Laurie O’Flynn reports on an elegant late Victorian period home, rare to the market in Waterford city.

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Rosewood Manor in Innishannon is set to bloom again

A stalled development from the economic downturn in 2008 is is back on track in a superb location on the N71.

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Cork harbour home is awash with opportunity

Tommy Barker says now that Cork harbour has rediscovered its mojo, so too will properties like Simla.

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Douglas home could be lucky 13 for you

Three of the biggest and best homes in the ever-popular Paddocks development in Douglas were sold back in 2014, at prices reported in the Price Register at €680k, €747k and €765k.

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Blackrock home, Diundanion, is courting favour

Soaring demand for houses in one of Cork city’s award-winning architectural gems is pushing prices upwards.

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Ovens home is nice on many fronts

Tommy Barker says the mature looks of this ivy-clad property belies its Eighties architect-designed origins.

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Trading up: Waterfall, Cork €525,000

While the market awaits the imminent relaunch of a handful of high-end homes at the Earls Well, Waterfall development, a former showhouse in the developers’ Fleming Construction’s original and adjacent Heatherfield scheme is on offer.

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Trading up: Rochestown, Cork; €590,000

The address title, Kensington, was aspirational back in the day, when homes were built in the Cork suburb of Rochestown, for the upwardly mobile in Upper and Lower Kensington.

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Trading up: Mount Oval, Rochestown €480,000

There’s been a few recent strong house resales in the Clarkes Wood portion of the broad mix of schemes at Mount Oval, and now into the fray comes the three-storey four-bed, No 7.

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Trading up: Ballydowney, Killarney €450,000

Property Partners Gallivan says properties like 1 Cnoc na Ri at Ballydowney in Killarney are becoming hard to find.

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Starter home: Glanmire, Cork €220,000

It is only 650 sq ft, but it’s elegant and on a lush quarter-acre in Glanmire.

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Starter home: Ballintemple, Cork €195,000

A piece of period home pedigree in one of Cork’s salubrious suburbs is available at a snip of normal neighbourhood prices, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Glasheen, Cork City €175,000

Just refurbished from top to bottom is 1 Upper Glasheen Road, a two-bed house with an appeal to first time buyers, and owner/occupiers with a handy location.

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Castlemartyr - the king of hotel resorts

ONE by one, Munster’s jewel resort hotels are finding appreciative new owners and investment: now, the stunning, five-star Castlemartyr Resort, in east Cork, may join the changing of the guard of ownership, having been developed at a cost of €70-€80m in the mid-2000s.

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A ‘Grand’ opportunity in Cork

There’s sheer, distinctive profile and a unique setting at No 46 Grand Parade — a period Leeside building linking Cork city centre and its South Mall to the proposed new events centre on South Main Street.

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Magnificent craftsmanship at Maryborough Hill home in Cork

Tommy Barker says when it comes to quality, Kendal ticks all the boxes for master-craftsmanship.

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House of the week: Model Farm Road, Cork €625,000

THE UNDERSTATED quality of a home like Westbury would sell it to almost any house hunter looking for a comfortable place to retreat to.

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Rare DaVinci haus on market in Kinsale for €1.35m

Tommy Barker gets with the system for this post-and-beam home on Compass Hill, above Kinsale harbour.

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Modern Limerick mansion new to the market for €1.2m

Trish Dromey reports on a eight-bedroom modern mansion which is new to the market in Co Limerick.

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TV-inspired home with a range in Clonakilty, Co Cork

Tommy Barker discovers a little slice of America’s Cape Cod/New England style down west in County Cork.

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Eco-beauty at Bartlemy, North Cork

There are plenty of eco-aware build features in this modern Scandinavian-inspired bungalow, built in a rural Irish setting at Cykeel South near Bartlemy in North Cork. 

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New-build demand in Mayfield, Cork

Tommy Barker says there are green shoots in the construction sector.

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Trading Up: Currabinny, Cork €520,000

With 3,000 sq ft on offer, there’s more than enough house in Béal na Laoi for almost any family — but, there’s more to it than that. 

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Trading up: Rochestown, Cork €390,000

A sizeable price drop, now down to €390,00, will put this Norwood Court, Rochestown, home onto the radar of those looking for a good-sized family home.

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Trading up: Castlemaine, Kerry €290,000

The Slieve Mish Mountains provide a scenic backdrop for this substantial four bed detached house at Keel, Castlemaine, in South West Kerry. 

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Trading up: Cork City, €255,000

There’s something futuristic about the sloping front facade of Garnish, a building at Lancaster Gate, the site of the former Jurys Hotel.

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Starter home: Mahon, Cork €265,000

No 64, Castle Meadows, off the Skehard Road, measures 1,750 sq ft after a two-storey add-on and is priced at €265,000, says Tommy Barker.

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Starter home: Wallace’s Avenue, Cork €197,000

“It’s a gorgeous, mature cul de sac,” says estate agent Niall Cahalane of the pleasures of Knockrea Gardens, where he has No 17 motoring along nicely in bids, in the low €200,000s, having initially guided at €197,000.

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Starter home: Shandon Street, Cork €159,000

There are lots of options for buyers of this venerable, characterful home, No 112 Shandon Street, in the heart of Cork City.

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Starter home: Model Farm Road €139,000

DO it up, or knock it down? Both are options at Rose Cottage, a restoration project — in the politest terms — on one of Cork’s most ‘prestigious’ addresses, the Model Farm Road. 

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Open offices upgraded

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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