Trading Up

FIRIES, KERRY €495,000

Sq m: 420 (4,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 6

Broadband: Yes

There’s some stunning workmanship on display at this Firies, Kerry home on four acres — it’s a case of quality going hand in hand with quantity.

Built five years, this 4,500 sq ft home half way between Killarney and Tralee is going to tick a lot of boxes for fastidious family buyers, with an ash and cherrywood staircase in the central hallway, plus white marble fireplace setting an immediate tone of attention to build quality and detail.

Called Rusheen House, the four-bed, all en suite house has an attached double garage with gym, and part of the four acres is a paddock — so, perfect for those wanting to keep a pony.

The owner’s keen to build again, with a site lined up, and the price is reduced to €495,000 and is open to offers, says selling agent Liz Galwey.

Rooms include a large lounge, about 16’ square with fireplace and bay window, the dining room is a similar size and has a wood pellet stove, while the kitchen is larger again, with granite tops on maple units. There’s also a utility, guest bathroom, en suite ground floor bedroom, and a gym/playroom with birch floor. The upstairs has three large en suite bedrooms, and there’s lofted space over the garage.

The gardens are well finished, with electric access gates and tarmac drive.

VERDICT: Impressive

KENMARE, Co KERRY €349,000

Sq m: Sq m 184 (1,985 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating:B3

Broadband: Yes

Running costs of this scenically set Kerry home should be low — geothermal heating and solar panels have conferred a B3 BER energy rating on the dormer. This modern, detached home is on six acres two miles from Kenmare, and it has a pond, a 650 sq ft work/artist’s studio, sun room and sauna. Location is at Killaha, with views to the Reeks beyond Kenmare Bay, and it is new to market with Sherry FitzGerald Daly, who seek offers around €349,000. The house includes conservatory, kitchen/dining room, living room with bay window, two ground-floor bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi, and two first-floor bedrooms.

VERDICT: The pond completes the picture.

BALLYDEHOB, CO CORK €295,000

Sq m: 130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

Broadband: Yes

Not every stone-built house gets the stone look, balance and proportions right — but Coolanuller’s Stone House appears to hit the mark.

Out on a three-quarter acre site at Church Cross, between Skibbereen and Ballydehob in West Cork, it’s near where Allsops auctions last week sold a simple three-bed cottage on a half acre for its €75,000 reserve, while Schull’s Mill House and Mews re-sold at the same auction, for €450,000s.

This Ballydehob modern dormer home has a high-end level of finish, underfloor heating downstairs, a gable end sun room, solid fuel stove in the kitchen, and another stove is in a stone-built chimney breast in the oak-floored sitting room.

The Stone House has a €295,000 guide quoted by Skibbereen agent Pat Maguire, who says it has sweeping country views, and an attractive landscaped site. Rooms include a sitting room with corner fire, country pine-style kitchen/dining room with tiled floor and inglenook-style chimney breast, with double doors to a sun room, and there’s a utility plus shower room as well at the lower level. Overhead one of the three bedrooms has an en suite with a Jacuzzi bath.

VERDICT: It has the look and layout of a traditional Irish farmhouse, but with all modern comforts and build extras.

ROCHESTOWN, CORK €435,000

The occupants of 10 Landsborough Gardens really pushed the boat out with the marine theme in the back garden — not only is there a nautical feel to the decking and rope railings in the back garden, but there’s even a lifebelt attached to the garden shed wall to really go with the flow.

The 2,200 sq ft detached dormer is one of the 15 or so houses here in the Gardens section of this upper Rochestown scheme, built over 20 years ago by Bride View Developments, and is on a large and now mature site, says estate agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald who seeks offers around €435,000.

In good overall condition, it’s also got a good balance of living and sleeping quarters, with three reception rooms plus an en suite bedroom at ground level, along with kitchen and utility. The largest of the three reception rooms is 20’ by 15’, with access to a rear 15’ by 10’ sitting/dining room linked back to the kitchen which has solid timber units. It has an open fireplace, while the family room across the hall has a gas-insert fire.

Overhead, two of the three other bedrooms are a decent size at about 15’ by 15’.

The exterior of No 10, with its four roof dormer windows, is easy to keep as it has been pebble dashed, and there’s parking for four cars in front, with side gate access to the large back garden, hedged in by conifers, and with twin snaking decked paths to a decked BBQ spot.

VERDICT: Landsborough houses have been well-regarded since day one, and site sizes are generous by today’s standards.

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