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Kilfinny, Adare €320,000

Sq m: 212 (2,280 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: B3

Bathrooms: 3

It’s hard to fault the specifications at this modern-build family home near Adare and Limerick city, a kilometre from Kilfinny village and services.

The one-off, detached two-storey house on a 0.7 acre site has been well-finished out for family living, notes estate agent Colm O’Donovan of West Property Group, seeking €320,000 for the package.

It might aim for the kudos of an Adare address, but it’s six kilometres away and is as close to Croom and Ballingarry too.

It’s got 2,280 sq ft and four to five bedrooms, depending on usage and Mr O’Donovan bills it as “undoubtedly a very fine, distinctive residence, a home that is truly something special”, he adds that it’s one of the better offers on the market around here for a good while.

It’s got a formal reception room, kitchen/dining room with walnut units, granite tops, a Stanley wood-burning stove, there’s a sun room by a cobbled patio, ground floor office/bedroom number five by shower room, and overhead are four bedrooms with one en suite, plus main family bathroom.

There’s also a floored attic with stair access and a few overhead Veluxes already fitted, so more scope or just easily reached storage here.

VERDICT: Lots of space for families to colonise.

The Lough, Cork €280,000

Sq m: 114 (1,120 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: E1

Bathrooms: 1

A good box-ticker, plain and simple — that’s 18 Brookfield Lawn, at The Lough in Cork. The house is a good example of the semi-d genre, while the setting is close to the amenity area and wildfowl sanctuary at the Lough, as well as having a back garden with southerly aspect.

It’s all been upgraded too, without having the budget chucked out the window, and is getting viewing interest with agent Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald.

Smartly presented, it has a re-tiled main family bathroom, a compact lean-to kitchen extension with side window and patio doors for a burst of warm sunlighting, plus pine units, and two reception rooms, and each has a fireplace.

No 18 has a garage to the left of the hall, so there’s further single or two-storey extension scope here immediately, subject to planning permission. As it stands, it’s handy for storage, and could easily adapt to utility/laundry and guest WC.

Overall condition and decor looks very good, and the back has a wide and deep paved patio with sun-trap aspect.

VERDICT: Walking distance to town via Barrack Street, a SuperValu and services, as well as handy for UCC, CUH and the Bon Secours hospital.

Cork City €275,000

Sq m: 115 (1,250 sq ft)


BER rating: F

Bathrooms: 3

The broadly pitched roof of the 1970s home Shedan, near UCC in Cork city’s inner western suburbs, hides a house with some slight curiosities — most notable being the fact it has just two bedrooms, despite it looking way larger.

Set on a corner site, and facing west at the junction of Kilcrea Park and Magazine Road, the two-story detached home has 1,250 sq ft of living and sleeping space, as well as a €275,000 guide with agent John Barry of Frank V Murphy & Co.

A good bet for a single or a couple, it’s going to be all about convenient living, given the location near all services, UCC and hospitals, and the fact there’s only a small corner site will have an appeal to those not into gardening or outdoor labouring.

Very wide, but relatively shallow, Shedan has got a good 18’ by 12’ front living room, a similar sized kitchen/dining room, a utility plus a study as well as a guest WC, while overhead are two double bedrooms, with one en suite plus a main bathroom.

Shedan has oil heating but needs some updating, its windows are a mix of timber and pvc, and new owners will probably look at insulating and improving for future efficiency, as the current BER’s an F.

VERDICT: Big at ground level, with decent-sized rooms.

Ballyvolane, Cork €370,000

Sq m: 266 (2,850 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5/6

BER rating: C1

Bathrooms: 4

Adaptable space in a dormer bungalow is on offer at this Arderrow, Rathcooney home, just north of Cork city’s suburbs, near the Fox and Hounds.

Thanks to its layout, and 2,850 sq ft, with rear wing home to a 22’ by 13’ family room, there’s easy scope for a granny flat section or similar use.

So says long-established estate agent Don Murphy of the newly re-branded DNG Murphy Condon estate agency, a collaboration between Glanmire-based Mr Murphy, and Blackpool-based Kevin Condon.

They guide this modern, stone and brick-faced dormer on a one-third acre site at Rathcooney/Ballyvolane €370,000, and note it has the option of two ground floor bedrooms (one en suite) with guest bathroom with jetted bath.

Upstairs are four more bedrooms, one’s also en suite, plus a further bathroom.

Living areas include that large high-ceilinged family room, an equal-sized kitchen/dining room, plus lounge.

VERDICT: A one-third acre site and large family home in a quiet rural location on the edge of the city.

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