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Sq m: 120 (1,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: C1

Getting a swift viewing reaction and interest is the four-bed semi d 91 Manor Hill, in Cork’s Ballincollig.

The family home with nearly 1,300 sq ft of space has some very high quality, glistening varnished parquet flooring setting it apart from the usual run of finishes. It’s got an unusual layout too, with galley kitchen to the front, three reception rooms, four bedrooms, and scope to extend into the sizeable back garden, says agent Andrea Whelan of Sherry FitzGerald.

VERDICT: With the size, it could be an affordable home for life at its €220k guide for a first-time buyer.


Sq m: 93 (1,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Broadband: Yes

There’s so much in favour of Aravale, or No 39 Derrynane Road in Cork’s Turner’s Cross the fact that it needs modernising is almost a bonus, not a negative. It means you can make a cracking good new home of it, done your way. The three-bed detached bungalow, with attached garage and south-facing mature back garden, has already an extension, has all been underpinned with drains redone — so all that’s left is the nice stuff, the personal stuff, making a brand new home of it.

Auctioneer is Jeremy Murphy, who guides at €190,000; he’s busy with early viewings (including traders-down and traders-in) and says it’s full of original character which new owners should work with. The location is ace, in settled suburbs near services and amenities, and within a 10-minute walk of the city centre, via Capwell or Friars Walk.

Right now, Aravale has two reception rooms, and three bedrooms plus kitchen/dining room, and main bathroom. Neighbours have done attic conversions.

VERDICT: A quiet cracker for Christmas?

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