Is the new BCAR system what’s best for the country?

Kya deLongchamps gauges reaction to ‘opting out’ of statutory certification and looks at the future of quality assurance for self-builds.

The back windows of the Mahon home have been boarded up after it was broken in to and damaged.

Idle Cork council house vandalised after €30k revamp

A council house which underwent an estimated €30,000 refurbishment before Christmas was left vacant for months afterwards, broken in to and damaged.


A soft-top luxury model in Kenmare

Last of trio of thatched houses in Sheen Falls, Kenmare, has five-star hotel accommodation says Tommy Barker.


Dripsey Castle House to become €2m family home

Dripsey Castle House and its demesne of 110 acres has been sold for a sum close to its guide price of €2m.


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.


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


Unusual market arrival in Skibbereen farmhouse

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


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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Hayfield home will attract city buyers

Upmarket four-bed is destined for viewings as the Cork market picks up Tommy Barker reports.

Based on current planning permissions, less than 100 new units are likely to be deliverable throughout the remainder of 2014

Mapping the future

The time may be ripe for residential investors to consider opportunities in regional cities and large towns.


More British property buyers

The number of British-based buyers of Irish property surged by nearly 40% last year, with more than half being accounted for by retirees looking to set up home here.


Property investors turn eyes to Dublin

Dublin will be the second most attractive market in Europe for property investors over the next year, according to a major new study.

Investors the Comer brothers paid €75m for a 640-apartment sell-off by Ulster Bank in 2013. This included 142 apartments at Cork's Dennehys Cross.

Loan sales are thriving

Ireland is one of top-four active markets in Europe for portfolio transactions, says Margaret Kelleher.

Prized possessions: investors are putting money into prize bonds as well as property.

Small can be beautiful too

City buyers cutting cloth to their financial means, stressing location over size Tommy Barker reports.

After six years of falling prices, price inflation has re-emerged most notably in Cork city.

A year when cash ruled the roost

It was a game-changing year for Cork’s residential market, says Sheila O’Flynn, MD of Sherry FitzGerald.

There is an indication that properties in areas close to the city, like Blackrock Road, are in demand.

Cork property market shows upward trend

Transactions levels are up 17% in 2013 in Cork City and county, making it the local housing market’s best year since 2010 for volume of sales.


Great site and a great house

CAMEL through the eye of a needle is about the level of difficulty that non-locals encounter when trying a self-build anywhere near the Lakes of Killarney.


Country feel within a walk of the city

THIS house at Lima Lawn, Glasheen, is truly a city home, but you’d never guess on an early morning visit. Facing onto a neat green, there’s a lot of tranquility here, despite being within a 20 minute walk from town.


Old-style semi with buyer appeal

No 8 Belmont is situated in a criss-cross grid of suburban parks between Douglas Road and Ballinlough Road in a settled suburb of Cork City. Tommy Barker reports.


A country retreat with old world charm — and a peaceful suntrap

Tommy Barker reports on an appealing offer near chic Castletownshend in West Cork.


No 5 comes courting you

Tommy Barker says this 1970s large detached house in Ovens, Co Cork has been freshened up to move with the times.


Wonders worked at ground level

Extension’s open-plan design boosts appeal of house with easy commute, says Tommy Barker.


Smart buy for a smart(er) price

When first built back in 2004, a trio of red-brick, three storey townhouses on Tramore Terrace in Douglas village had €500,000 asking prices as new buys, just out of the box, promising gadgets galore, Smart wiring for tecchie types, barbecues for never-ending sunny evenings, and saunas for later on.


Blarney bungalow raises the bar

It’s little wonder Blarney auctioneer Humphrey Hogan bills this quite classic shaped Courtbrack bungalow as “very entertaining’ — one of the two large outbuildings behind is done up as a home snub or bar, plus outdoor BBQ and log fire spot.


Bridge worth crossing

A price reduction to €175,000 has already brought a surge of fresh viewing interest to this quirky, colourful and charming West Cork townhouse at Skibbereen’s Upper Bridge Street.


Family home ticks all the right boxes

There are lots of buyers’ boxes ticked at No 17, Clonmore, at Mallow’s Ballyviniter, close to services, shops and the local cinema.


Three-bed Glincool house will make a great first impression on viewers

There’s a light, bright and airy touch to 11, Glincool Park, off Maglin Road just west of Cork City near Ballincollig — it’s almost a Scandinavian feel, in fact.


Fota frameyard award

IT was all beer and skittles at Fota House last week.


A little gem down at Tiffany’s

You might still get a bit of slagging about the address, but at this stage it’s water off the backs of the residents of Cork’s Tiffany Downs — they just love the location.