Trading Up

ENNISKEANE, CO CORK €165,000

Trading Up

Sq m: 158 (1,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

This restored five-bed at Castletownkenneigh, Enniskeane, lies in the heart of the countryside, but has easy access to all areas, from the coast, to Cork City.

And for traders up, traders down and even holiday home buyers, it’s a property that offers good accommodation on a large site.

The former farmhouse, with large concrete yard to the front, comes with 2.5 acres of land divided between gardens and a ‘room for a pony’ acre at the rear.

According to Macroom-based Killian Lynch Auctioneers, the house has panoramic views and is just four miles north of Enniskeane/Ballineen and 30 minutes from Cork City.

The farm house, while fully modernised, has lots of character — down to its original features, which have been combined with 21st century efficiencies.

The house comes ready to go, with a decent, modern kitchen with connecting dining room, a living room with attractive, open fireplace and a ground floor, en suite bedroom.

Overhead, there are four more rooms with a main bathroom and outside, there are two good outbuildings.

VERDICT: A fine version of the typical Irish farmhouse with enough space for guests or a lively family.

BOHERBOY, TRALEE €265,000

Sq m: 239 (2,570 ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

With its raised gables and roof barges, plus slate roof, this family home off the N22 between Tralee and Killarney at Boherboy manages to conceal its size and scale: it’s got 2,575 sq ft, with just three bedrooms right now, as the upper floor’s attic is practically 1,000 sq ft of that, at 50’ by 20’, with four Velux windows across the back main section.

The modern build, on an acre site, is described as a perfect family home by agents Sherry FitzGerald Stephenson Crean who seek offers around €265,000 for the very well-kept home. Location is near Gortatlea, marginally closer to Tralee than to Killarney, a few minutes off the N22 and the back has a southerly aspect, with distant mountain/Reeks views from the patio and pergola area.

The house’s two main reception rooms have wood floors, in pine and in ash, and many of the other rooms have tiled floors. There’s a chequered tile kitchen opening to a glass-roofed diner/sun-room space, with cream-coloured units, octagonal island and Belfast sink, utility, laundry room, main bathroom and one of the three bedrooms is en suite.

VERDICT: An acre’s a perfect size for a growing family on the outside, while the attic scope may allow for future expansion inside.

MODEL FARM ROAD, CORK €235,000

Sq m: 142 (1,531 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

Built around 20 years ago by Fitzgibbon Bros Builders, the Mound Eden houses are set in a quiet corner of the Kenley Estate, which in turn is off Cork’s Model Farm Road.

Simply built, with no frills, these solid houses offer good space and four bedrooms apiece and at the current asking price, No 23 Mount Eden is good value, says Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy and Co, who sold the estate the first time round. No 23 has been let for a number of years, but has been fully redecorated with a new kitchen fitted, so it’s in move-in condition.

A good solid house, it runs to just under 1,600 sq ft and comes with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with master en suite. Windows and doors are teak double glazed and the ground floor includes a sitting room of 15’ by 13,’as well as a living room of 15’ by 11’. New owners could open up the space between both.The kitchen/dining room is long and narrow, stretching back into the garden and it includes a utility area and eat-in space.

On the first floor, the master bedroom has the benefit of a bay window and en suite and the remaining rooms share a bathroom. There’s side access and the garden is south-facing at the rear.

VERDICT: Great location between hospitals and universities and on a direct bus route to the city.

DOUGLAS, CORK €298,000

Sq m: 233 (2,540 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

A detached, family home on a private greater Douglas site, with five en suite bedrooms and two attic rooms, all for under €300,000? Yep, a bit of a miracle — or at least an answer to someone’s prayers, at this house called Fatima.

The mid-1900s family home, which served as a guest house for a period, is in a great location for families on the move in Cork’s southern suburbs. It’s set along the Grange Frankfield road, near shops galore (an Aldi and a SuperValu almost across the road), with schools, services, and the south ring road as well are all to hand, while Douglas village is a short downhill walk away

A change of selling agent sees a sharp price drop (of about €75k) from last year when Fatima first hit the market. Its vendor is on the move, trading down with family reared, and now auctioneer Jeremy Murphy is doing the viewings, guiding the package at €298,000.

Fatima’s got a walled-in private site with good parking, three ground floor reception rooms plus kitchen/dining room with oak units and gas-fired Rayburn cooker, tiled hall with guest WC, and the top (attic level) floor has two rooms each with en suites. The first floor has all of its five bedrooms en suite, and the master bedroom has a very good five-piece bathroom with jetted shower, bath, bidet, etc.

VERDICT: A good, clean buy at an affordable price for a growing family.

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