Trading Up

VICTORIA ROAD, CORK €265,000

Sq m: 134 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 1

Broadband: Yes

There’s a real solidity to Elmon, a four-bed detached 1940s-built house at the start of the Blackrock road, and its €265,000 price guide puts it within reach of first-time buyers as well as a host of other home hunters. It backs onto Marina Park and is the same vintage as the houses in that convenient estate at end of the Victoria Road: Elmon is the last house on the road, by the traffic lights at Victoria Avenue.

Auctioneer Hugh McPhillips of Marsh’s started viewings this week and says it’s honestly presented, a bit dated on the decor side, yet very original, straight, and bright. It’s got oil heating, four original tiled fireplaces, and, while windows have been replaced before, changing to double glazing makes sense.

The house faces south, with front and side lawns, plus a triangular back garden, with a side passage leading to a detached garage by the apex.

DIY and decorating skills would do a lot for starters, the bathroom’s clean with a cast iron bath, though a fitted kitchen is needed.

VERDICT: Those with a bit more money might like to link the back kitchen extension to the rear reception room, or it could be left for a second tranche of work when funds are more free. A number of neighbouring Marina Park houses have been extended behind, so have a peek.

BALLINCOLLIG, CORK €360,000

Sq m: 170 (1,820 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

Broadband: Yes

There’s lots more than meets the eye initially at Tír na nÓg, an extended bungalow on a third of an acre at Greenfields, off the Killumney Road just west of Cork city near Ballincollig. New to market with Robert O’Keeffe of Irish and European who seeks offers around €360,000, it has two of its four bedrooms en suite, as well as two reception rooms plus a conservatory with pitched ceilings off the kitchen which has alder Shaker units. There are views of green fields and expansive countryside from this sunny add-on. The extra space comes from some recent additions to the rear, going out in wings from each end of the bungalow, with south-facing decking in between, making for an enclosing sense in this very useful outdoors space. Tír na nÓg now has a high level of finish, nice bathrooms, and the master bedroom behind has walk-in robes, en suite and French doors to the back paio/decking, where there’s also a pond. Add in outdoor lighting, landscaped beds and mature boundaries, and there’s a bit of an oasis feel to the gardens, with a handy site area of 0.3 of an acre.

VERDICT: The house’s rear really conveys the extent of this spacious this bungalow.

TRALEE, CO KERRY €250,000

Sq m: 160 (1,750 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Bathrooms:1

There’s been lots of work done to this country home on its 0.6 acres, and now the place — on a lane at The Kerries, a short distance out from Tralee town and which is in a bit of residential hot-spot — is up for sale.

Estate agents Sherry FitzGerald Stephenson Crean guide the detached four-bed, 1,750 sq ft home of huge character at €250,000, and say there’s further potential for new owners to put a personal stamp on it.

The good news is that the boring, and costly, work has already been done: it has been re-roofed, dry-lined and has new pvc double glazing added, and has central heating, so after all this, it’s mostly discretionary work for the next occupants to decide on.

This Kerries home has been extended in several directions, and is T-shaped, every angles of it looks different, and probably needs a bit of a cohesive paint job and tidying up to give it a blended look.

The site is fairly private, off the main road, and is mature, with fruit trees, and SFSC say it comes to the market in one of the most sought-after areas in Tralee.

Room sizes are large, typically with high ceilings and there’s an attractive slate and tiled fireplace in one of the two reception rooms.

VERDICT: Nicely matured

MODEL FARM ROAD €275,000

Sq m:105 (1,200 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

Coming on the back of a number of good sales in the western suburbs of Cork city, estate agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing has a good feeling about No 14 Woodlawn’s sales prospects.

Earlier this year, he closed the sale on a total do-er upper in Woodlawn, needing a full internal upgrade and likely to have been sold in the €230/240k category, and he also had good sales in Wilton Gardens, Kilcrea Park and College Road — mostly to cash buyers, Mr Olden adds.

Now, in the case of No 14, a fair bit of cash has already been spent on the property, and it’s effectively in walk-in condition. It’s been underpinned, has been redecorated, has a new kitchen, and the back garden faces south, while the front faces a green.

Woodlawn has two dozen houses in all, in a cul-de-sac, and until the last year or two, they’ve only very rarely come up for resale. It is served by two bus routes, has good schools and sports facilities nearby, as well as proximity to CIT, UCC and hospitals like the CUH and Bons, and, really, it’s a box ticker for a market without much choice.

Layout is standard enough for the era, with a 14’ by 11’ front room with bay window, the hall’s oak floor has been buffed up (and has a guest loo off it), while the kitchen’s in a bit of slope-ceilinged extension to the rear, which adds a few more extra square feet to the overall tally. Most rooms are carpeted, the decor’s fresh, it’s bright and has double glazing, oil heating, a new hall door, plus a slender detached garage.

VERDICT: Very clean, great location, and little choice in the area mark No 14 Woodlawn out as a swift mover.

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