Trading Up

BALLINLOUGH, CORK €375,000

Sq m: 149 (1,600 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

YOU can see the big, early to mid-1900s houses in ‘old’ Knockrea park and Woolhara park off the Douglas road from the newer arrival, Knockrea Lawn — and this view means a good, sunny southerly aspect to the back garden of 21 Chesterton Close, Knockrea Lawn.

The detached four-bed, built around the 1980s in the cul-de-sac park off the Ballinlough Road by Our Lady of Lourdes girls national school, is new to market with estate agents Frank V Murphy & Co , who bill it as ‘substantial’ and in very good decorative condition. “It’s getting quite a bit of interest already,” agent Dennis Guerin says.

An ideal trading-up family home, or for buyers who want to relocate to a quiet residential enclave within an easy walk of the city centre and Douglas, plus a host of schools, it has four bedrooms, one en suite, two reception rooms, utility and guest loo, with walled-in back garden with decking.

VERDICT: Good to go, in a well-serviced settled southside suburb.

BANTRY, CORK €490,000

Sq m: 163 (1,750 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

THE gardens at Lakefield were planted with the benefit both of patience and patients — the property belonged to a doctor at the nearby hospital, who got some ‘thank yous’ in the manner of garden gifts, plants and seedlings.

Add in the fact it was a much loved home on five acres (with tennis court, and pony paddock) for a family for decades, and a quality picture emerges.

Lakefield was designed in the 1960s by architect Denis Kelly of Kelly Barry, for a Dr Barry Murphy, who was the first County Physician at the ‘new’ Bantry General Hospital, and it was built by the late Florrie McCarthy.

It is now for sale with John O’Neill of Celtic Properties, who says it overlooks Reenadonegan Lake, about four kilometres from the town of Bantry (and is used by the local rowing club), has 150 metres of road frontage and includes a natural shallow stream running through the grounds.

The dormer-style house with car-port and attached garage has character and charm, is bright, but dated internally.

Guiding €490,000, agent John O’Neill adds “it’s a rare opportunity to acquire a prestige home, which with the benefit of internal modernisation would once again make Lakefield a truly standout family residence.

VERDICT: It takes years to get gardens this mature.

THE LOUGH, CORK €275,000

Sq m: 112 (1,200 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3/4

BER rating: D1

Broadband: Yes

A LOCATION near the Lough in Cork city, and lots of work done to bring No 34 St Finbarr’s Park up to modern specification, plus a very recent successful sale just two doors away, means this could be a handy sale for estate agent Darragh Taaffe of Keane Mahony Smith in Cork.

No 34 has the option of a fourth bedroom or home office at ground level, while the owners have already extended at the ground level to make for a bigger kitchen/dining room. Back when they bought it, almost 20 years ago, it was underpinned with drains replaced in 1994, and the garage was also converted around the same time.

It has two reception rooms, kitchen/diner, a guest loo, utility, three overhead bedrooms plus bathroom. It has been well maintained, has double glazing oil-fired central heating “but now would benefit from an upgraded bathroom and some redecoration.”

The location, so close to the wildfowl sanctuary at the Lough is a bonus, with UCC and the city centre close.

There’s off-street parking in front for several cars, with an enclosed south/west facing garden to the rear, grabbing afternoon sun and which isn’t overlooked.

VERDICT: Ticks lots of boxes for buyers who want city conveniences in a settled setting.

CORK CITY €320,000

Sq m: 121 (1,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Exempt

Broadband: Yes

MIGHT a UCC academic, or a local Bons hospital medic, be lured to No 4 Wellington Square? The fantastic location, with military-history links, off Cork’s Magazine Road, has fans, and No 4 is selling at a price that will suit a variety of buyers.

The almost-secret suburban enclave, with a rounded square or green, has a number of fine original Georgian homes, most of them in very good order, some expensively done-up (some have basements), and they’re always prized by their owners.

Dating to the 1830s, No 4 is original, or at least old-fashioned, and is new to market in the past few weeks with Michael Downey, of ERA Downey McCarthy — who’ve just relocated their own offices in Cork city to the South Mall, from Grand Parade, so he knows about uprooting to traditional buildings.

No 4’s near the entrance to Wellington Square, and has five bedrooms plus bathroom over its upper two floors, and a main ground-floor reception, with kitchen/dining room behind.

At only 1,300 sq ft (the walls are thick, so it looks larger from outside), it is a manageable project with original features retained, is in a quiet setting, with south-facing side garden, and has off-street parking.

VERDICT: Wellington Square has a touch of magic.

Dripsey, Co Cork €350,000

Sq m: 219 (+57 attic)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

THERE has been considerable interest already in this four-bed, detached property at Killgobnait, Dripsey, Co Cork, says Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald.

It’s easy to see why — underfloor heating throughout, three of its four bedrooms en suite, a huge open plan living area, including sunroom, as well as two other living rooms. And it’s on offer at €350,000.

The house is on a good, mature site close to Dripsey village and the location has also has brought in the Ballincollig viewers, says Ms Healy, because it’s so close to town.

It has great countryside views and also comes with a large, detached garage of 750 sq ft with a loft space on the upper level that could provide a great den or teenager’s hang out space.

Internally, the house also offers four good bedrooms and a main bathroom, but the extra attic space could have further potential.

The outside has a good barbecue/ patio area and there’s sensor lighting fitted all round. The site is well tended and runs to half an acre.

The house is 2,366 sq ft plus attic area of 623 sq ft.

VERDICT: Built in 2006, this house comes with top quality fittings, including granite worktops and a mix of porcelain tiles and solid wood flooring.

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