Trading Up

Blackrock, Cork €450,000

Sq m: 184 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

A good sunny day in the side garden will convince viewers that St Clare’s could, indeed, be the one to move to.

There’s a lovely, leafy patio and terraced charm to the spot, on Barrington’s Avenue, a characterful cul de sac off the main Blackrock Road in Cork city’s suburbs.

The quiet road has a pedestrian link down to the Atlantic Pond, and for those into pleasant walks, well, this section of Blackrock and the Marina is just about as good as it gets in Cork terms.

And, it’s all right on the doorstep of St Clare’s, a right-hand side semi-d with a westerly aspect.

It has scope for five if not even six bedrooms, as its 2,000 sq ft of space is over three levels, with four bedrooms in the middle level alone.

Then, there’s a couple of bedrooms up at attic level, with a shower room, and the option also of a further bedroom at ground level off a rear hallway, with showerroom next to a study.

Selling agent is Timothy Sullivan and he seeks offers close to €450,000, describing the choice of use of rooms as “multi-functional.” Other rooms include a 30’ by 13’ sitting and dining room, and a kitchen/breakfast room, linked with an arch to a TV/family room, while there’s a guest loo off the main hall.

VERDICT: Great setting, tasty gardens, and lots of rooms.

Grange, Cork €365,000

Sq m: 228 (2,450 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

Wow! Houses at the Marlings are big — they built ‘em big at the time, back in the 1960s and ‘70s when these were homes of note, says estate agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald.

She brings the almost 2,500 sq ft detached family home 41 The Marlings in Grange Heights to market guiding €365,000, and says it has always been cared for, and is well-decorated, on a site with great elevated views over Cork city to the rear from its lofty Grange/outer Douglas perch.

It’s a big block of a house (now extended), with its front facade a mix of hung slate and brick, thus giving it almost the look of two attached homes.

Inside, it’s every bit as accommodating as you’d imagine, there’s no deception here: it has linked reception rooms off to the right, there’s a family room plus a front den, and a kitchen 17’ by 14’ with both a utility room and a pantry (off the den.)

There’s a guest loo at ground level, and overhead the master bedroom is a decent size, about 19’ square, with both a dressing room with fitted wardrobes and a good en suite as well, while the main family bathroom also has a shower over the bath. The other four bedrooms are a mix of two doubles and two singles, all with built-ins.

VERDICT: Size and aspect in its favour.

Midleton, Cork €395,000

Sq m: 198 (2,130 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

A close to perfect package for traders-up in the east Cork area, or ideal for relocaters, that’s this four-bed dormer home on a 0.75 acre site a few minutes’ drive out of the Mill Road from Midleton.

Set at Carrigogna townland, with a southerly aspect to a site that the owners have put time, effort and greenbacks into, it’s a new market arrival with Clare O’Sullivan of Savills in Cork. She guides it at a palatable €395,000, and that’s for a well-built late 1990s home with a good internal flow, and with rural and golf course views.

The trading up option, with plenty of room for families, has one of its four bedrooms at ground level, along with a large family room, kitchen/dining room, and a playroom leading off to a high-ceilinged 18’ by 15’ sun rom with garden access. There’s also a utility, and guest WC by the ground floor bedroom.

The majority of the space is downstairs thanks to the marked dormer shape, and overhead are three bedrooms, two to the front and one to the rear which is also en suite, and another bedroom holds a position close to the family bathroom.

Features include solid oak flooring in a number of rooms, a Belfast sink in the kitchen, and very well landscaped and shrubbed grounds.

VERDICT: It’s an easy way to do country living.

Bishopstown, Cork €350,000

Sq m: 373 (4,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 9

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

It last sold as a private home but was put to work for a number of years as a residential care home for the aged, and now Abbeyfield House on a decent site off Cork’s Curraheen Road by Melborne is back for sale, and is facing a likely change of use.

Auctioneer Darragh Taaffe of Keane Mahony Smith is selling the very large bungalow, on its prime quarter acre western suburban site, and he acknowledges it may be bought once more as a private family home, given demand for detached homes in the area.

But, it might have scope as offices, an education centre, be split into two rental units or have some medical related use, given its proximity to the sprawling CUH campus at Wilton, and the CIT college.

Abbeyfield was run under the auspices of a UK-based charity umbrella, the Abbeyfield Society, which owns and operates over 600 sheltered housing units and dozens of care homes in a number of countries, and Cork’s one and only is bright and in relatively good overall condition.

Rooms here at this one of Abbeyfield’s four Irish homes include a living room, kitchen, day room and kitchenette, eight en suite bedrooms and a small apartment/maisonette.

VERDICT: There’s a whole lot more substance than meets the eye here.

Bishopstown, Cork €255,000

Sq m: 137 (1,470 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

Already extended, or at least with a garage on the side made over to extra space, is the family home Richmond, at 5 Cedar Avenue in Cork city’s western suburbs.

This Bishopstown three-bed semi-d has all the signs of being well cared for down the years by its owner who’s been here since it was built, with a feminine touch in the decor, and now comes to market with a €255,000 asking price with agent Trish Stokes of Lisneys.

She says it’s nice and bright with a sunny garden aspect thanks to its setting in Cedar Avenue, and really recommends viewing for those on the hunt in this city quarter.

No 5’s living room and lounge open one to another for a flow-through, and other ground floor rooms include a kitchen/diner, a study, a utility and a bathroom with shower.

Overhead are three bedrooms and a recently upgraded bathroom.

According to Lisneys, No 5’s other winning feature is its sunny back garden and patio, with neat lawns and shed, while the front has been paved for extra ease of parking.

VERDICT: A nice, decent house with gardens to enjoy — and the back garden of 5 Cedar Avenue appropriately even has a cedar tree at its back boundary.

Picture: Property in Midleton, Co.Cork

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