Trading Up


Trading Up

Sq m: 136 (1,468 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

The four-bed detached family home at 16 Ashbourne Court has moved with the times — so much so, it’s a move-in job for new occupants.

Re-insulated with pumped cavity, with a new oak Shaker kitchen, good flow of reception rooms and with a sunken patio space in the private back garden, it’s real box-ticker for families on the hunt for space and convenience.

Built back in 1975, the 1,450 sq ft home at Church Hill within an easy walk of Carrigaline village in south Cork, is a new-to-market arrival with Catherine McAuliffe of Savills, guiding €275,000. She says it’s spacious and in immaculate order, inside and out.

That assertion seems to be borne out from even a cursory peep over the front wall; the property’s front is brick-paved with clear parking for several cars, and the rest is raised behind a low stone wall, gravelled and planted for easy keep and colour, with pines, conifers, grasses, sedum and lavender. Behind, there’s a lawn, mature screening hedges and an outdoor dining spot by the paved patio.

Internally, No 16 has inter-connected living/dining rooms to the right of the hall, running 26’ front to back, with a TV/family room off to the left. Behind this room is a boiler/utility room, with WC and a shower, a handy extra for adaptable family life. At present it’s reached via the recently up-graded kitchen, with its granite tops and splashbacks.

Overhead are four bedrooms, and main family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath.

VERDICT: As good outside as it is inside.

WATERFORD €205,000

Sq m: 167 (1,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

This four-bed detached house at 47 Williamstown Park in Waterford, is the type of property that Remax auctioneers in Waterford city say they could sell lots more of.

“It’s detached, it’s spacious with 1,800sq ft of accommodation, it’s in a popular location close to the Dunmore Road and it’s priced right at €205,000,’’ says auctioneer Margaret Fogarty, adding that she received a bid within days of launching it on the market, albeit one that hasn’t been accepted.

Owned by the same family since it was built in 1999, the property has been upgraded and is now in excellent condition. It has timber flooring in all the rooms, Sliderobes in the bedrooms and a Stira stairs for the attic. It has a large kitchen/dining room with pine units, an oak floored sitting room and a lounge. First floor rooms include a good sized master bedroom with an en suite.

Situated on a corner site, looking on to green areas at both front and rear, the house has lawned gardens, a decked area and plenty of play space. It’s within a 10-minute walk of the hospital and local shops. “We’ve had quite a few sales in this price range recently, and lot of interest in this — there aren’t enough of these types of house available’’ observes Ms Fogarty.

VERDICT: This should tick all the boxes for any trade-up buyer.


Sq m:186 approx (tba)

Bedrooms: 4/5

Bathrooms: 3

Broadband: Yes

All the basics are in situ in this detached dormer bungalow home called Fernhurst at Poulavone, between Bishopstown and Ballincollig.

On a site that’s going to be easy to keep as its back garden by a detached garage is all tarmac, with dry-dash walls, this is a four/five-bed home with good living area, decent sized reception rooms, and the option of a ground-floor fifth bedroom if required.

Mark Gosling of Jeremy Murphy & Associates has the sale of Fernhurst, seeks offers around €395,000, and says it’s in good condition. However, new owners might want to put their own stamp on the place to be able to truly call it home, both in decor/colour, and in some garden colour planting.

On the approach road into Ballincollig from the Poulavone roundabout, it has a front garden with small lawn section and lots of parking.

The location is strong, near schools, services, the Ballincollig bypass, Lee Fields, and the city’s suburbs, and two colleges are a 10- to 15-minute spin away via the Model Farm Rd. The satellite town of Ballincollig has latterly truly come of age with the major redevelopment of the former military barracks.

VERDICT: Ready for a burst of new life and personality.


Sq m: 185 apx (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

Broadband: Yes

Located a little over mile from the coast at Courtmacsherry in West Cork, Strathbeg offers mature gardens and modern comforts and almost has sea views.

You can see the sea from the higher part of the garden but not from the bungalow, explains Don Brennan of Sherry FitzGerald Brennan Busteed who is seeking offers of €295,000 for the five bed property on a one acre site. Built in 1979, and subsequently upgraded and modernised, it has approximately 2,000sq ft of living space. Mr Brennan says this is a very well maintained family home in an attractive secluded setting. Accommodation includes a spacious lounge with a wood burning stove, solid timber flooring French doors and an almost fully windowed wall. There’s also a kitchen dining room with modern fitted units, tiled flooring and quality fitted appliances. Other rooms include a bathroom, a shower room and five bedrooms.

Outside there’s an expanse of mature lawns, with hedging, mature trees, a patio and a double garage. Strathbeg is located two miles from Kilbrittain village and around eight miles from Bandon. Although Courtmacsherry Bay is close, the village is around seven miles away.

VERDICT: The mature gardens and the coastal location make this a very attractive proposition.

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