Trading Up: A selection of city and country trading up homes

We scan a selection of trading up homes in city and country...

Clonakilty, West Cork


  • Size: 198sq m (2,120sq ft)
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • BER: B2

Set in a rounded, level oval section of a triangular, 2.1 acres site, is this Clonakilty hinterland and one off-rural home, a modern build, with a decent B2, for sale with an attractive €340,000 price guide.

The four-bed home at Bohana, near Bealad and Kilmeena few miles north of Clonakilty near Dunmanway, is about 10 years old and is for sale with auctioneer Martin Kelleher, who says it’s hi-spec (“fivestar”, he claims,) well finished, spacious, and energy efficient to boot.

It has features like geothermal heating, delivering comfort at underfloor level (marble in the hall, next to hardwood stairs), and solar panels for water heating, and is adaptable as one of its four bedrooms is at ground level next to a shower room.

Additionally, there's a nice, interconnected flow to the living spaces; there’s a side sunroom and one of the three overhead bedrooms is en suite, with extensive private bathroom with dual, rainfall shower enclosure.

A bonus outside is the site of 2.1 aces, with what’s described as an upper meadow, and there’s expansive views from within, and across the property which Mr Kelleher says is about a 50-minute spin from Cork city, for those who may have to commute, while the more immediate area has a shop, pub and other services, and Clon’s also near.

VERDICT: Better value and more space on offer here than on the coastal side of Clonakilty town.

Kinsale Road, Cork city


  • Size: 95sq m (1,020sq ft)
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • BER: N/A

It might show as an older style, three-bed semi-d very typical of the mid-1990s era when it was first built, but No 16 Slievemish Park has scope beyond for those in the know.

A 1,020 sq ft build, it’s on a slightly sloped corner site at the back of a short culdesac in this small estate, off the city end of the Kinsale Road, close to lots of Turners Cross amenities, the city link road, and Musgrave Park.

Apart from this, it has an attached garage, and rear small kitchen add-on and the aspect back here is south and west, so perfect for adding on in any variety of ways.

It overlooks the former compound of Turners Cross Motors over its back boundary, so might some future, higher value uses may come here in time?

Auctioneer Michael McKenna guides No 16 Slievemish at €285,000, noting it now needs modernisation and expects that as well as updates it may well be a good fit for enlargement.

Mr McKenna points to an excellent location with easy access to sports facilities, the new amenity park by the link road, to the city suburbs, city centre and points further afield via the south ring road and Kinsale Road roundabout.

VERDICT: Choice: No 15 just across the road is for sale too, at €320k via Irish & European.

Wilton, Cork


  • Size: 127 sq m (1,370sq ft)
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • BER: B3

There has been a good deal of upgrade work done to the four-bed semi-d Glendale, with west-facing back garden, set on suburban Cork’s main Wilton Rd.

Dating to the mid-1900s, it hits an impressive B3 BER, and 1,370 sq ft, with scope

for more, thanks to an attached garden and an 11m-long existing rear workshed building in a split-level back garden.

Estate agent Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing seeks offers of around €400,000 for the property, which overlooks similar era over its rear boundary in Wilton Gardens.

The location is a few doors away from the access point to Wilton Gardens, between Dennehys Cross and the Wilton roundabout and the CUH.

It's a road that can be quite heavily trafficked, given the sheer range of major presences in the area, including CUH, UCC Wilton Shopping Centre, as well as the Bon Secours, CIT, and the Model Farm Road technology park. Glendale has a bus stop close by, off-street parking, and internally has a front

living room with bay window and gas fire. There's also a kitchen/diner with oak units, granite tops and tiled floor with rear patio/garden access, as well as a utility and guest WC/showroom in a single-storey annexe.

Above are four bedrooms, one with sink, main bathroom, and Stira access to an attic.

VERDICT: Should have an appeal to owner-occupiers as well as to investors.

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