TRADING UP

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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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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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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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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Trading up: Bishopstown, Cork €495,000

Some of the bigger, and better, homes in the Cork suburb of Bishopstown are in the various parts of the expansive development called Bishopscourt.

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Trading up: Aherla, Cork €450,000

The several dozen houses out at Bridevalley, in Cork’s Aherla, are big, wide builds, and when it comes to No 29, it has extras on the side, and on top.

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Trading up: Glanmire, Cork €385,000

A lovely acre. That’s what the extended 1950s family home called Aisling Géarr stands on, above Glanmire village, a short distance from Cork City, with glorious views stretching back to Sarsfield Court Hospital, away in the distance, across a valley.

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Trading up: Well Road, Cork €375,000

Pitched as much at traders down as traders up — or just those keen on a strong location — is this bungalow called Inish, on Cork’s Well Road.

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Trading up: Rochestown, Cork €345,000

There’s a triangular green area in the cul de sac section of Mount Oval Village’s Kilbrody, facing No 38 which is now for sale.

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Trading up: Ahakista, West Cork €345,000

There’s an arc of shelving, shingle beach just beyond a small, scenic Sheeps Head holding of land for sale near West Cork’s Ahakista, a remote peninsula spot put on the map by the holiday presence of Graham Norton.

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Trading up: Ballinhassig, Cork, €425,000

There’s lots of building and home to be had at Glengarra, an extended bungalow with granny flat, at Rigsdale, Ballinhassig, west of Cork city. 

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Trading up: Crosshaven, Cork €345,000

Want to go roaming around Crosshaven for a rewarding house project? This detached house called Dromainn could fit the bill, if you are prepared to do basic enough upgrades.

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Trading up: Ballintemple, Cork €365,000

It’s called The Berries, and that — in the Cork slang parlance — is exactly what new owners of No 15, Linden Avenue, aka The Berries, may well exclaim.

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Trading up: Ballinakill Downs, Waterford; €295,000

Spacious and well located near the Dunmore Road in Waterford, No 25 The Brambles is a bit different from the standard house of its size. 

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Trading up: South Innishannon €385,000

An angled hall and corridor links the two rectangular blocks of this four-bed family home called Rhiannon, a mile or two south of Innishannon, and about a 20-minute drive west from Cork city.

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Trading up: Douglas, Cork €325,000

‘This’ll do us fine.’ You can imagine many viewers with that quip at this three-bed semi-d called Thistle Dún, especially after they survey the sheer size of the back garden. 

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Trading up: Castlepark, Kinsale €200,000

The setting’s the star at April Cottage, a ground floor two-bed home/investment by the sea, a marina, a beach and a bar — all in Kinsale harbour to boot.

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Trading up: Frankfield, Cork €320,000

Set at the back of the Woodlands development in Cork’s Frankfield suburb is this one-off bungalow, on a stand-alone quarter acre site, and it’s called Elm House.

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Trading up: Ballinakill, Waterford, €270,000

A good residential address near the Dunmore Road should garner interest for this detached bungalow, No 18 Woodbury, Ballinakill Court, in Waterford.

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Trading up: Glanmire, Co Cork €450,000

This detached, four-bed house, No 1 Glyntown Road, Marwood, in Glanmire, has much to impress trader-uppers around Cork: it has space, gardens, electric gates and a hilly site with views back to the city.

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Trading up: Curraheen, Tralee, Co Kerry €365,000

A Tralee buyer looking to trade up for more space and better views might like Bay View at Curraheen, five kilometres from town.

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Trading up: Douglas, Cork €390,000

It’s not yet extended or added to in any significant way, but Marneil holds promise for all of that now - or in a few years time - , and is good enough and clean enough to move into straight away. 

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Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork €195,000

Looking for a project? Look no further than this detached home in Ballinlough Road, Cork City.

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Trading up: Riverstick, Co Cork €385,000

Within a week of going on the market, No 19 Brookdale in Riverstick got an offer in excess of the asking price of €385,000

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