PROPERTY

Connolly's Bookshop premises, on the Paul Street Plaza, is available to rent for €25,000 per annum, as proprietor Adrian Connolly isretiring. Widespread interest is anticipated. Picture: Denis Scannell

A new chapter on Cork’s Paul Street as bookshop ends literary link

New chapters beckon at the premises of one of Cork City’s longest-established bookshops, Connolly’s, as owner Adrian Connolly prepares to retire after decades dealing in old and rare books, new books, and records.

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Michael Fassbender joins Roy Keane in buying Cork city offices

Auctions were where much of the sales activity was for the Irish market in 2014 — with Shame and Hunger actor Michael Fassbender among those showing an appetite for a slice of the action. 

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Firm adds to portfolio

AN iconic building in Foxrock, Co Dublin, which hit the headlines in July over a rent dispute has been bought, in an off-market deal, for over €1.5m as, separately, a UK investor Development Securities also swept up two other Dublin buys, for a combined €16m.

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Two new ‘dishes’ on menu

A NEW restaurant, Palmento, is opening in Cork City’s Douglas this weekend, as one of Kinsale’s best-known restaurants, Crackpots, is for sale as a 2015 trading opportunity. Crackpots is offered as a going concern for €700,000.

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Builders back in action

Builders and developers who worked through the seven years of property market implosion and slump are beginning to gear up for a return to construction in cities like Dublin, Galway and Cork.

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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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Co Clare's Doonbeg Resortwas bought by Donald Trump for€11 million

Hospitality sector has a busy year with some big sales

Irish hotels are back in business - they’ve sold like hot-cakes during 2014, with over 50 finding new owners, with €450m changing hands in the process.

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Bridgefield Curraheen

First time home seekers continue their search

First time buyers have been out in force this year and, as economists wrangle about the possible impact of the Central Bank’s proposals to change mortgage deposit requirements, they are continuing to shop.

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Cork Airport Business Park

Record €4bn plus year for Irish investment market

2014 was the busiest year on record in terms of the Irish investment market with more than €4bn worth of properties due to be sold by year-end. 

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The Pallisades, Ardbrack, Kinsale, sold for €1.95 million

A look back at a year in the Cork residential property market

This year was the year of the Big Ask, but of a lot less delivery, in the multi-million euro house sale league.

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Country house market: A year in review

There is little doubt that the country market is now at a threshold, with 2015 poised to be possibly the most definitive year since 2008 crash.

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Albert Quay redevelopment

Solid year predicted for Irish property market

With both mainstream and social media dominated by political disharmony and the negativity caused by the mishandling of the Irish Water debacle it is easy to get lost in a haze of public discontent.

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Business park nets €3.5m at Kinsale Road Roundabout

JUST sold for year’s end, after 40 inquiries and a competitive tender process for a receiver, is the Kinsale Road Business Park in Cork - by the city’s busiest traffic junction, the Kinsale Road Roundabout, passed by 85,000 cars a day.

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Ill wind blows them away

AS the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens: in the case of Mellerick’s Pharmacy in Fermoy, that aphorism might need to be changed to include mention of ceilings and chimneys.

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Killarney golf course on market for €750,000

Expected to sell in two lots is a Killarney golf course with a 20-year pedigree, overlooking 200 year old trees, a 15th century castle - and the four-story shell of an uncompleted 120-bed hotel and lodges project.

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Coup for Irish firm as it wins Chinese pharma contract

Irish firm Wilson Architecture has won a major design contract in China for over 1 million sq ft of HQ, lab and R&D buildings, as part of an enormous new 8.5 million sq ft bio-pharma campus.

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Modern unit at Little Island should appeal to investors

An office investment yielding €42,500 a year in rent is up for sale for €420,000.

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A gentle hold on Georgian grace

Dundaniel House, Innishannon, Price: €1.8m
Size: 470 sq m (5,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5, plus 8
Bathrooms: 4, plus 6
BER: N/A
Best Feature: Much loved 

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Look to No 6 in award-winning Emmet Square, Clonakilty

Clonakilty, West Cork  €185,000
Size: Sq m 97 (1,040 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
BER: D2

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Designer family home in Waterford

Dungarvan, Co Waterford €550,000
Sq m: 371 (4,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 5
BER: Pending

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New builds for New Year

Carrigaline, Cork €475,000
Sq m 201 (2,158 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
BER: A2
Best Feature: Quality builds 

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Ennis Road, Limerick €435,000

Evidence of the property pick up can be seen in Limerick where Rooney auctioneers are expecting a quick sale for this six-bed detached home at Cluain Dara on the Ennis Road.

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Well Road, Cork €270,000

The address might say Lake Lawn, but the setting is high, and dry, above the Well Road and Mahon/Douglas estuary, between Cork’s Douglas and Ballinlough suburbs.

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Rochestown, Cork €295,000

A bright cheerful interior, with lots of reds and whites and all easy on the eye, comes with 7 Abbotswood Avenue.

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Lavanagh House good to go

It won’t take much extra work to put a more modern shine of the grandly-titled Lavanagh House, a four-bedroomed, single storey bungalow directly opposite the Lavanagh Centre/Enable Ireland in Cork city’s Ballintemple.

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Starters orders: 118 on right track

Lower Glanmire Road, Cork
Size 144 sq m (1550 sq ft)
Price:€150,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
BER: Pending

 

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With a tweak, this quirky cottage could be right up your creek

Strawhall, Monkstown €160,000
sq m:93 (1,007 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
BER: G 

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Ballinhassig, Cork €150,000

There’s lot of rooms fitted into 3, An Bruach, a townhouse in Cork’s Halfway village off the city to Innishannon/Bandon Road. 

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Green Street, Cork City €139,000

Freshly painted on the outside, and in good nick inside, the terraced, older-era home at 47 Green Street in Cork will get investor and private buying interest.

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A little pre-Christmas gift well worth unwrapping

Barrack Street, Cork City €150,000
Sq m 62 (675 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
BER: E1
Best Feature: Punches above its weight

 

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High-end houses

Rose Martin looks at a new book illustrating architecture in high places.

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No 7, a class opportunity at Sidney place

IT’s moving out time today for school pupils at No 7 Sidney Place, Wellington Road, a mid-Georgian building high above Cork city - and now for sale, as the school departs its several levels.

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Conference to discuss upward trajectory of harbour

There’s a crane right on the doorstep of the country’s Maritime College: it’s a sign of upward trajectories for Cork harbour, at the site of UCC’s new Beaufort Research Centre, as it prepares to host a conference Friday week on the harbour’s future.

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Auction rings up Tralee bank branch sale of over €3m

Five bidders lined out for the chance to become ‘King of the Castle,’ at an auction where a bank branch sold for just over €3m, or 20% over its price guide.

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Bandon venue is a cut above

A modern build, and done like a small hotel, the Brogan Inn in Bandon is for sale, ready to run, and full of potential.

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Value beyond the pale

A second multi-million euro Waterford sale — the AIB bank branch in the heart of the city for close to €2.25 million to a private investor - is imminent. It comes on the back of the just-concluded sale of the Fitzwilton Hotel, to an Austria-based investor, for €3.2m.

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Opulence in a riverside setting in Bandon

The setting alone of this house - called Tearmann, after the Irish word for a place of sanctuary and built to passive house standards - encourages a bit of indolence: there’s little as calming as lolling by water.

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Dundaniel House Innishannon has Georgain grace, and growing grapefruits

Come November/December, typically there are very few houses (especially those with high price aspirations, or in the country homes market) come for sale. 

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Kinsale home a shoe-in

This detached home boasts an impressive walk-in wardrobe and gym as part of its attraction.

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Schoolhouse fits to a Model T

It requires serious renovation but this West Cork building comes with motoring history.

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Oven-ready and dishy

When it comes to keeping up with neighbours — like a certain Rachel Allen, perhaps, who as it happens lives close-by? — this East Cork home went all-out in the cooking stakes— or, more appropriately, steaks, given the size of its outdoor barbecue.

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Ballinhassig, Cork €465,000

The site and gardens, of 1.75 acres, are the star attraction at Sundale, a large detached bungalow at Goggins Hill, Ballinhassig just west of Cork city and airport. 

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Douglas Road, Cork €220,000

Pretty much all of the original features of its era are intact at this hide-away Douglas Road home, 5 Rocklawn. And, while that’s to the good, the downside is the century-old mid-terraced home, among six in-a-row, now needs a fairly full renovation.

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Admirable buy at Admiral Walk

Up on a hill above the town, No 7 Admiral’s Walk offers a good vantage point for watching yachts sail in and out of Kinsale Harbour.

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Annesgrove, Carrigtwohill €295,000

Not too many large detached properties have come on the market in East Cork’s Carrigtwohill recently, so this six-bed dormer bungalow at Annesgrove is attracting a bit of attention. 

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Planning Notes: Retirement village plan for equestrian centre

An equestrian centre near the Cork suburb of Rochestown could become a retirement village if a recent planning application is successful.

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Corner warehouse in bustling east Cork business park already over the offer at €165,000

One unit down, one smaller one to go in East Cork’s jostling business parks this week with Lisney.

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China girl sews up sale near Singers Corner

An un-named Chinese investor has stitched up a deal on Fitzgerald House, an 11,600 sq ft property facing Cork city’s English Market and adjacent to the dramatically just-painted up Singers Corner, where - coincidentally - a commissioned mural by artist Johnny Bugler depicts a floral Chinese pattern, as seen on old Singer sewing machines.

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Hooked on the market

There is an aisle? It’s all go, gongs and gills at the fish-mongers’ section of Cork city’s famous food-friendly English Market.

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Another sales boost on horizon for Cork docklands

Tommy Barker reports on quay deals for future dock developments.

 

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

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

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

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

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Timely guide to Dublin design

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

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All swell at Sunday’s Well

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

 

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Unusual market arrival in Skibbereen farmhouse

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

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An ideal trader upper

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

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Rooms with a view

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

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Cosy home with grand ambition

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

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Cappoquin, Waterford €300,000-plus

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

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Limeworth no lemon

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

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Glasheen, Cork €280,000

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

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Maryborough, Cork €265,000

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

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Options aplenty at Myrtleville

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

 

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Second chance to swoop for fine Heron’s Wood residence

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

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Tower, Cork €199,000

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

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TD’s former offices up for letting to right candidate

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

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Street food for thought

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

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Five Nama-controlled shopping centres up for sale

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

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Commercial unit on the western edge of Cork City

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

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Auction deadlines looming before end of CGT exemption

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

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Malone snaps up Strand Hotel

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

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Tara jewel in the crown

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100-bed Westlodge Hotel faces sale by tender

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

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Thirst for former bars as buyer interest hots up

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

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Sale deal may be clinched soon

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

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19-acre holding ‘a lovely parcel of land’

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

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Midleton, Co Cork €95,000

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

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A cut above at Wheatfield

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

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Quality residence is close to city centre

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

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Golden Arches - no bull

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

 

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Quiet setting will add to appeal

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

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Castlemartyr, East Cork, €255,000

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

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Bishopstown, Cork €320,000

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

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Monkstown, Cork €475,000

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

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

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

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Lots of interest in terrace house

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

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Massive scope to maximise site at super-sized suburban setting

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

 

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Waterford island floated

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

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Dealicious investment

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

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Sandyford umbrella group’s launch puts business on the map

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

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Savills went for a song at cities’ talent show fundraisers

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

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Former bank’s new look

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

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More than a roof over their heads

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

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

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

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Pouladuff Road, Cork city: €280,000

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

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No 1 for corner boys — and girls

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

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Monkstown, Co Cork €139,000

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

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Two Midleton sites ideal for residential developments

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

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A top office opportunity

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

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Site is on the right track

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

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