Trading Up

Clondrohid, Macroom €270,000

Sq m: 297 (3,197sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

While it may have an unfinished look on the outside, The Glebe, Clondrohid has a period elegance in the interior.

On the market with Tom Heffernan of Sherry FitzGerald Hinchion, this property will require energy and investment on the outside, but for the most part, all the work has been done internally.

Character, style and comfort is how Heffernan sums up this house, which is within commuting distance to Cork city, but also very close to Macroom town.

Set on four acres of its own grounds and surrounded by mature woodland, this is the ideal property for a growing family with an interest in the outdoors, but who don’t want to drive too far to schools and other amenities.

The house is a half-and-half mix: one part is old and then there’s a new living, kitchen, dining and sun room extension. The kitchen has very elegant, modern units with cream marble worktop and the sunroom faces south-west and is used as a dining area.

There are three large rooms left to finish, but as it stands now, the house has three functioning, en suite bedrooms, with a main bathroom and two further bedrooms.

VERDICT: A bit of money over and above the asking price is needed here, but good negotiating skills could see a beneficial sale for both parties.

GLENVILLE, CO CORK €365,000

Sq m: 213 (2,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: C1

Broadband: Yes

Tucked away in the little hamlet of Glenville, this detached house at 12, Edgewood is a good, detached house in a safe and secure location for families a few miles north of Cork city.

On the market with Don Murphy Auctioneers, it comes in move-in condition and has a guide price of €365,000.

For that money you get a decent, well-developed site, a range of living space and four bedrooms with three bathrooms.

The dormer house is very low maintenance with a lot of tarmac around the house, a paved patio and well kept garden which includes a play area.

A walk to the shops and the local school, Rustic Lodge has a lounge, playroom, kitchen/ dining room, utility, guest bathroom, main bathroom, four bedrooms including master suite.

Each room is well fitted, including the kitchen which has, appropriately enough, a rustic oak kitchen with a bank of units, island and dresser.

VERDICT: Seven miles north of Cork city, this spot has amenities locally, but Blackpool Shopping Centre and Retail Park are is minutes’ away in good traffic. Rural but accessible, it’s perfect for growing families and, as it’s part of an estate, it’s not isolated.

DOUGLAS ROAD, CORK €235,000

Sq m: 140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

There’s almost a long acre behind 3 Laurelwood, a main Douglas Road, Cork City century-old, original terraced house — well, it seems to go on for ever.

There’s over 150’ length of slender greenery, home to a copse of 50’ tall pine trees (free firewood!) which visually block just how far the grounds extend to. That distant boundary is the high, limestone wall of St Finbarr’s Hospital, and residents of this terrace of five Laurelwood houses share rear car access to their long back gardens from a lock-up gate on the main road.

No 3 is in very original condition (ie, read ‘dated,’ but it has been underpinned with drains work done) and comes to market as an executor sale with estate agent Hugh McPhillips of Marshs. It’s the sort of place to fire up imaginations, given its location, extensive south-facing back garden, plus its interior space over three levels.

It’s got its sole bathroom to the back in one garden annexe, a former kitchen across the sheltered yard in another small wing, and you’d likely blow them all away for a glass box extension.

Ceilings are high, four of the five fireplaces are originals, and the attic rooms are big and bright.

VERDICT: If you could buy for around €200k, and spend another €100k, you’d have something very special a mile from the city centre.

ROCHESTOWN, CORK €340,000

Sq m: 146.8

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

The extra, third floor of this house type at the Dewberry section of Mount Oval Village in Cork means this slender house type fits in four bedrooms in all.

A 2012 market offering, and detached, No 15 Dewberry has a €340,000 price guide via agents Sherry FitzGerald who say the Mount Oval scheme is very well serviced and the location almost self-contained, with sports facilities, woodland walks nearby, and a national school as well adjacent.

No 15 has a front living room with cast iron fireplace, a smallish kitchen behind linked to a dining room, and down a few steps to the back is a family room with garden access.

The middle level has two en suite bedrooms, and the top floor has two more bedrooms, making for four in all, plus yet another bathroom.

Overall condition is good.

(By way of sheer contrast, also currently bid to the sort of sum sought here is the 5,000 sq ft derelict Victorian farmhouse plus circular derelict gate lodge, on eight acres out the Rochestown Road towards Passage West.

Featuring in these pages as House of the Week at the start of this month with Andy Donoghue of Casey and Kingston auctioneers, it has had dozens of viewings, and is currently under offer at €330,000 from a low €300,000 AMV.)

VERDICT: 15 Dewberry is good to go.

KILLARNEY, KERRY €475,000

Sq m: 213 (2,285sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: N/A

Broadband: Yes

One of the best sites in Killarney — so says selling agent Tom Spillane of this acre-and-a-bit plot at Gortroe, overlooking the golf course and with famed mountain/Reeks views at Lacakabane above the Fossa road.

Three sites are up for development in this most tightly-controlled setting, he advises, and “these sites won’t come around again”.

The builder/vendor of this 1.2 acres is prepared to build out the four-bed, split-level house for which planning is in place. Guide price for the lot, all in, is quoted at €475,000 with good allowances (PC sums) for final finishes. The site can also be bought as is, but it’s likely that design changes to the drawings won’t be allowed by planners in any case. The triangle-shaped site is elevated, and below it is the large Liebherr crane factory, so a new owner may want to mound or plant sections to frame and “manage” the view.

VERDICT: €475k for a brand new, 2,280sq ft home on 1.2 acres in one of Killarney’s better perches isn’t to be sneezed at, and there’s a sweetener of membership of Killarney Golf Club also available.

Picture: Clondrohid, Macroom

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