Trading Up

BISHOPSTOWN, CORK €325,000

Sq m: 140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

Despite its €325,000 asking price, the 4/5 bed family home at 2 Ballinaspig Lawn is getting viewings from first time buyers, as well as from families who’ve sold already, and who’ve been waiting for a property arrival such as this.

So says auctioneer Garry O’Donnell of ERA Downey McCarthy of this March market offering, with 1,500sq ft on the go, in a great Cork western suburban setting near schools, playing pitches, Wilton Shopping Centre and CUH.

With its part-brick front elevation and sloping side extension into the former garage section, No 2’s a generous semi-d, with a 20’ by 12’ front room with two windows to the gardens, there’s a rear study, and a playroom or bed 5 to the side, along with shower room, wide kitchen/dining room, and utility.

Overhead are four bedrooms (three doubles) plus main family bathroom. Decor wise, it’s fresh and smart looking.

Outside there’s enough room to park a few cars, plus front lawn with shrubs, and behind is a decent sized back garden with patio, and play areas, with views over an adjoining sports pitch.

VERDICT: With 1,500sq ft already, this is already sizeable enough, and the site size allows for more building without eating too much into outdoors space either, says agent Garry O’Donnell.

FOX’S BRIDGE, CORK €300,000

Sq m: 280 (3,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

Significantly reduced in price and within a stone’s throw of Blarney, Co Cork, this large bungalow at Fox’s Bridge, near Vicarstown, is one for a family and perhaps, a pony.

As Robert O’Keeffe of Irish and European puts it, where would you get a house of this size, on almost an acre, within a half-hour of the city at the asking price?

He may have a point — Academy Lodge is a fine, ready-to-go house, with lots of space, three ensuite bedrooms, (of a potential total of five), a range of living rooms and some quirky touches. For example, the standalone bar/recreation room at the back of the house, which is all set and ready to go for the World Cup/Olympics and most likely will appeal to the male half of a buying couple. Alternatively, the room could be used as a studio, dance space, gym or playroom and it’s handy to have.

Then, there’s further storage in the shape of a 40ft container at the back. Don’t be put off by this — check out the architectural conversions on the internet.

VERDICT: Beautifully maintained grounds, a lot of space in a good, modern build — new owners could make this house over in a jiffy.

DUNMORE EAST €250,000

Sq m:140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms:3

BER rating: Pending

Broadband:Yes

Done in a convincing faux-period style, along the lines of Victorian lodges, are the modern builds at Harbour Village/ Belisle House, one of the best holiday schemes in Waterford’s seaside town, Dunmore East.

Now, one of the c 15 year old three-bed detached homes is on the market with selling agent Michael Coppinger of Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan guiding €250,000 for a quality home that’s as suitable for a couple trading down as trading up.

Heavily wooded inside, with lots of ceiling beams, and outside with ornate fascias and finials, this is a distinctive design, with a good use of materials such as slate roof, and parquet flooring and a granite fireplace in the 19’ by 11’ sitting room. The kitchen is in oak and off the dining space is a large sunroom, with glazing on three sides and four Veluxes in the high, pitched pine-sheeted ceiling.

There’s a guest WC by the utility, and upstairs two of the three bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, plus there’s a main family bathroom, making for no fewer than four loos in all.

VERDICT: With all Dunmore East’s amenities to hand, from bars to sports and the sea, this upper village setting makes for a handy lifestyle buy.

SPUR HILL CORK €350,000

Sq m: 195 (2,100 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

There’s been a lot of upgrading done to the family home Lothea, up on the crown of Spur Hill just outside Cork’s western suburbs, with views back down from this side-of-airport-hill setting to the city centre.

The five-bed house, on a one-third acre site, has a readjusted price guide of €350,000 with agent Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, who first put it up for sale prior to Christmas.

Thanks to a good 19’ by 17’ living room, linking by squared arch to a dining room, Lothea feels its c 2,100 sq ft, and that living space is nicely brought up to date, with marble tiled floor, Rocal wood-burning stove and oak shaker doors.

The dining room links in turn to the kitchen, with pine sheeted ceiling and Shaker units, and the floor and most of the walls have been re-tiled, as was the hall, while other rooms include utility, guest WC and a study off the splayed entrance hall. There’s access to an attached garage from a rear hall.

Overhead, one of the five bedrooms is en suite and has views to the city, and the family bathroom has a bath and separate shower.

VERDICT: You’re high above Cork City, but only a mile or two from the suburbs.

DOUGLAS, CORK €275,000

Sq m: 121 (1,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: D1

Broadband: Yes

A full makeover has been done to the family home Arklow, or No 53 in old Greenhills Court, just off the South Douglas road in Cork City.

A new market arrival with agent Lucy Wolfe and Co, it’s a semi-d with a bit extra on the side, with a larger than standard site and a very good, private back garden to match the amount of off street parking in front — probably enough for four or five cars.

No 53’s been remodelled with a fresh, bright and modern decor, to showhouse standard, suggests Lucy Wolfe, and internally it has two oak-floored reception rooms, plus a full-width 20’ by 11’ kitchen/dining room to the rear of the property, with gloss units and porcelain tiled floor.

Off to the back is a large stone-flagged patio, and garden with play areas for children.

The location is strong, within a walk of Douglas village to the east and the city centre to the west, with suburban amenities including schools, parks, swimming pool, Nemo Rangers GAA club, as well as links to the south city ring and inner-link road network close to hand for motorists.

VERDICT: Nothing at all to do but move in, says the selling agent, and 1,300 sq ft is above average size for this semi-d species and vintage.

Picture: Property in Bishopstown

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