Trading Up

BISHOPSTOWN, CORK €525,000

Trading Up

Sq m: 190 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 5

Broadband: Yes, 8mg

The city end of the old West Cork rail line runs along the back boundary of this 1990s family home, Cushhaven, on a 0.75 acre site on Maher’s Lane, Spur Hill, near the lofty Viaduct.

And the plumbing spec of this 2,000 sq ft all en suite four-bed home was aimed high too, with pressurised water, heat management system, zoned heating and part underfloor heating, as well as a U/V treatment for well water.

The brick- and dash-faced home is new to market with Sherry FitzGerald auctioneer Johnny O’Flynn, who seeks offers of €525,000, and who says it is a pretty thorough package on all fronts.

As well as four en suite bedrooms, it has three reception rooms, the largest being 25’ by 13’, two have solid fuel stoves, there’s a kitchen/dining room plus utility and guest WC. The house makes the very best use of its 2,000 sq ft, and is eminently extendable, and already there’s stair access to the attic level, with open trusses freeing up space up top.

Cushaven’s site is well-kept, with gated access to the back and patio, there’s a detached double garage, good boundaries and an alarm.

Location is on the city’s western fringes, within easy strike of the CUH and Wilton, while the Bandon Road flyover/south ring road upgrade will bring further relief next year when in service.

VERDICT: Planning permission for one-offs locally is rare, so it’s a chance to buy into the handy location with a 0.75 acre garden.

PASSAGE WEST, CO CORK €275,000

Sq m: 204 (2,200 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

Only a mile or two from the Monastery in Rochestown, and with Cork harbour views thanks to its elevated position, is Westlands, a five-bed family bungalow home built about 20 years ago at Upper Ardmore, Passage West.

And, those views really do open up from the house’s two deep front bay windows and shared front patio: one’s a very decent 20’ by 16’, with dual garden access points and a feature raised brick fireplace hearth, and the other is across the hall, in the middle of the front facade with another stand-out deep bay, virtually fully-glazed and with French doors.

There’s a 19’ by 11’ kitchen/diner at Westland’s other front corner, and there are five bedrooms thanks to the house’s considerable depth, notes agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, saying there’s a good balance of living/sleeping quarters in the 2,200 sq ft property.

She seeks offers around €275,000 for the detached Westlands, which has mains services and oil central heating. There’s a sunny aspect to its gardens and bend-in-the-river views from the front, past colourful hydrangeas and its sloping front drive.

VERDICT: A good package at the price.

WATER ROCK, MIDLETON €355,000

Sq m: 195 (2,100 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: C2

Broadband: Yes

Set on the city side of Midleton in East Cork, and within a par 5 stroll of Water Rock Golf Club, is this spotless 12-year-old family home, extended five years ago and now a ready seller.

Smartly turned out, the 2,100 sq ft four-bed property on a landscaped half acre has a €355,000 asking price with Michael Piggott of Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan.

He says the location is one of the town’s very best.

The back garden is west facing, and maximised with a railed decked space and outdoor seating, colourfully planted and easy to access via no fewer than three sets of identical French doors, from the 30’ by 12’ kitchen/dining room, which is very airy, with island, light-tiled floor, and has three overhead Veluxes.

The extension seems a smart move, making for a great use of the rear aspect, really giving the home an extra dimension and liveability.

Plus, there are two other reception rooms as well as a TV room, utility and guest WC, and overhead off a bright landing are four bedrooms, one with en suite, and a family bathroom.

VERDICT: It’s got the feel of a house in the country, but Midleton’s just up the way, the city’s a 15-minute commute in light traffic, and there’s a golf course almost next door.

MONTENOTTE, CORK €239,000

Sq m: 120 (1,284 sq ft)

Bedrooms:4/5

Bathrooms:3

Broadband: Yes

The views are the thing with this Murmount bungalow — that and a great garden from which to take in the rolling countryside all round.

Located at 17 Murmount Avenue, Montenotte, the situation is surprisingly rural, although within the city proper and a short commute to teh centre.

This fine 4/5 bedroomed, semi-detached house has plenty of amenities locally and is well connected, road-wise, to the Tunnel, Ring roads, and the city.

On the market with Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing and Associates, the house is directly opposite the Tank Field, he says, and has a great location.

No 17 has been substantially extended and now offers more than enough room for a growing family. It also has good living space on the ground floor, with three bedrooms at this level and two more in the converted dormer. The garden hasn’t been encroached on too much, and there’s plenty of safe, fenced-off room to kick a ball or play games.

The range of living space includes a sitting-room, a modern kitchen with shaker maple units, a very good utility room, a main bathroom with shower and three bedrooms on the ground floor. The first floor rooms are en suite.

VERDICT: A smart buy for those looking for a substantial, ready-to-go house in a good location.

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