Trading Up


Trading Up

Sq m: 124 (1,330 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: D2

Broadband: Yes

Opposite the amenity park on Cork’s Skehard road, this bright, sunny house is clear, clean and ready to go for sale.

On the market with Timothy Sullivan and Associates, he says it’s a great, roomy house, but one that a new owner will put their stamp on:

“It’s a really typical, early 1970s semi and it’s been ungraded with gas heating — it used to have blown hot air heating — and it comes with good, spacious rooms. It has two living rooms, kitchen and a decent utility with downstairs loo and a garage conversion. It’s a good roomy house and just needs somebody to put their own stamp on it — some TLC.”

With three bedrooms overhead, and main bathroom, No 55 Ashleigh also comes with a good, level garden at the rear and parking to the front.

VERDICT: Great location midway between Douglas and Blackrock and on the way to employment node, City Gate, Mahon too.

TARA LAWN, CORK €280,000

Sq m: 144 (1,550 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Reception rooms: 7

BER rating: D2

Lots of work has been done to the upgraded and extended family home, No 7, Tara Lawn, near UCC and Victoria Cross in Cork City’s western suburbs.

Set off the Glasheen Road, No 7 has up to seven ground-floor rooms, note agents Timothy Sullivan & Co.

Outside, it’s all smart and low-maintenance, with no lawns to worry about, despite the Tara Lawn address: instead, the south-facing back garden is finished with hard landscaping, gravel and planting, plus water feature and decking, while the front is tarmac, for good parking, behind griselinia hedging.

Upstairs, it’s more standard, with three smart bedrooms and a main bathroom with shower. But, downstairs, there’s way more on offer, including the option of a fourth 10’ by 10’ bedroom, or study, and it has a WC off.

Then, arranged off and beyond the oak-floored hall, with some low-level LED lighting, are a sitting room, a dining room, a breakfast room, which opens to a 16’ by 15’ sun room as well as to the smart, U-shaped kitchen with cream units.

There’s also a utility, and a playroom, and attention has been paid in the upgraded, fresh look to things like new doors, recessed lighting, external lighting, etc.

VERDICT: Great family space in a mature setting near lots of services.


Sq m: 130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3 

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

One of the last house sales recorded in chic Harbour View, Kilbrittain, was under €500,000, and that was a dramatic, modern build, with great views from its main rooms.

The €480,000 recorded in the Property Price Register shows the levels to which buyers will go for the most scenic sites on the city/Bandon end of the long, wending and indented West Cork coastline. That coastline has a fair few hundred miles along its length.

Harbour View’s locational advantage for buyers is that it’s only 30 miles or so from Cork City, or a 45-minute commute; alternatively, it’s 15 minutes’ drive from Bandon or Clonakilty towns.

Up on high perch here, close to the well-known Pink Elephant bar and restaurant, is this single-storey, 1,400 sq ft, Kilbrittain bungalow, priced at €295,000 by Ernest Forde, of Hodnett Forde.

He bills the views as “spectacular,” looking south over the harbour, by Courtmacsherry and Coolmaine, to the Atlantic out yonder.

With double-glazing, fortunately, and lot of glass for the water views, it has a lounge, living/dining room with hatch to the kitchen, two WCs and three bedrooms.

VERDICT: Virtually every room has a view, and the sloping site with garage is easy on the eye, also.


Sq m: 195 (2,100 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4 

BER rating: C2

Broadband: Yes

Agent — your finest family home please, oh, and with a granny flat on the side.

That could be the order to be filled at 6 Aylesbury Court, a detached four-bed family home west of Cork City, and on the western fringes of Ballincollig too, which comes with an adaptable granny flat on the side.

New to market with Andrea Whelan of Sherry FitzGerald, and with it doors open today 1.30 to 2.30pm for open viewings, this is a big family home, with one of its four upstairs bedrooms en suite, and the side annexe/granny flat is over 20’ deep, and 10’ wide, with built-ins, a wet room/shower room, and garden access as well as access to the house’s hall — so no need to for Granny to feel left out.

Other than that, it has three reception rooms, though two are effectively one, and with 27’ by 12’ to play around with for living and dining uses, it’s a good space to have.

There’s also a family/TV room, and a kitchen/breakfast room with green painted units, plus utility with guest WC.

Upstairs, all four bedrooms are doubles, two have access to a balcony, and the master bedroom’s en suite has a cast iron bath, while the main family bathroom has a large shower enclosure.

Overall condition is good, but some modernising is likely once it changes hands, and heating is gas-fired, with storage heating for the granny flat.

VERDICT: Always popular homes at Aylesbury.

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