STARTER HOMES

A selection of starter homes from around the country

DOUGLAS, CORK

€255,000

Sq m: 94 (1,025 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Available

HOUSES at Orchard Close, a townhouse scheme in Ballincurrig, Douglas are always good sellers.

No 7 has a 18’ by 14’ living room, a kitchen/dining space, and an enclosed back garden plus garage.

Selling agents Frank V Murphy & Co seek offers of €255,000.

VERDICT: Dated, but a great, quiet cul de sac location, easy to keep due to a mid-terrace position.

TRALEE, KERRY

€195,000

Sq m: 150 (1,600 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: C2

Broadband: Yes

NOW extended, with four bedrooms, No 20 Racecourse Lawn in Tralee’s Oakpark is a ready-to-go private home, or even investment property, given the heralded investment in a Global Pharmaceutical Centre of Excellence locally.

There’s a good, large 26’ by 12’ living area, equally big extended kitchen/diner, ground floor study four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and front and back gardens. Agents are DNG WH Giles.

VERDICT: A solid, well-kept 1980s home with a large garden makes No 20 a sensible purchase option.

ROCHESTOWN, CORK

€170,000

Sq. m: 72 (780 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

A WEST-facing balcony up on the top floor of Apartment 17 in Ronayns Court is a bonus in the sale of this two-bed property — which also comes with attic access for storage. The small, gated scheme of apartments is now about 10 years old, and landscaping has continued to bed it down.

Internally, No 17 has a living room, separate kitchen, two beds, en-suite and main bathroom, Agents Sherry FitzGerald seek offers around €170,000.

VERDICT: well-kept, and bright, thanks to a south and west aspect.

Mulberry magic in Midleton

THERE’S more than a touch of country house interiors at Mulberry House, Cahermore, Midleton, but the setting and site live up to the design statement.

Set on 1.75 acres of level lawn, it comes with a couple of stables, a paddock and an inner garden with vegetable patch and fruit trees nearer the house.

And the location is rural but also low density, with neighbours close enough for children to play, but not too close for privacy’s sake.

High pillars indicate the entrance to this rather pretty house, but it’s inside the good impressions really start.

Tastefully decorated, it has a porch entrance and beveled glass doors leading to a checkerboard tiled entrance hallway.

The piece de résistance here is the sweeping staircase that rises to a gallery overhead and forms the dominant physical structure of the interior.

The drawing room is to the left of the hallway and the rectangular space is centred with by a carved sandstone fireplace while the rest of the room has a tasteful mix of antique and classic furniture.

The family room has a built in window seat, an angled fireplace and a door leading through to the kitchen.

This is a lovely room, finished in simple, warm maple and topped with black granite, it has a classic island and Rangemaster cooker.

On the eastern end there’s a large utility with separate guest bathroom and access outside.

Up the bespoke staircase and off a fine landing are four bedrooms with the two of the largest en suite rooms facing the front — it’s a toss up as to which is the master suite. The remaining bedrooms are themed for a boy and girl and they share a good main bathroom.

VERDICT: Quality house within minutes of Midleton and reasonably pitched by Miah McGrath of McCarthy McGrath Auctioneers. Joint agents are James G Coughlan and Associates.

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