TRADING UP

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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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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Trading up: Crosshaven, Cork €500,000

It seems to pretty much be all about the site, and the views, from 7 Ard Cross, in county Cork’s Crosshaven. 

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Trading up: Ballinlough Road, Cork €345,000

Fresher than many of its neighbours is the mid 1900s Ballinlough Road family home called Padua - it was upgraded in the mid 2000, and the underpinning/drains work was done at the same time.

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Trading up: South Douglas Road, Cork €330,000

Location and shortage of supply will bolster bids at Coppeen, on Cork’s South Douglas Road: it’s already gone over its €330,000 asking price, and that’s not surprising given recent bidding on another, smaller semi-d nearby.

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Trading up: Donoughmore, Cork €300,000

Good insulation standards, and a wood-burning stove, help to give a decent B3 BER score to this 15-year-old rural dormer home, near Donoughmore, 20 minutes north of Cork city.

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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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