Sq m: 113 (1,250 sq ft)
BER rating: E2
The detached coastal home Dún an Óir, overlooking Rosscarbery Bay near Castlefreke in scenic West Cork, is pitch-perfect for holiday home seekers, or retirees. Built in a contemporary style it dates to the 1980s, and was designed to get the most of views and light directly over the bay and beaches at Owenahincha, and back and towards Long Strand/Galley Head; it’s airy and bright inside, and funkily painted up for a bit of vibrant life.
It’s new to market with John Hodnett of Hodnett Forde in Clonakilty, guiding €310,000 and has got distinctive mono-pitched roofs, creating some double-height internal spaces with exposed timber ceilings, and allowing for a full-height chimney breast (boldly painted blue) for the wood-burning stove inset on an elevated brick hearth.
Location also is elevated, with good front garden and parking, and internally the fact that two of the three bedrooms plus shower room are at ground level makes it handy for those concerned about mobility issues, or just stairs, in the future.
The upper level, reached via an open tread stairs, has a large landing, corridor and third bedroom.
VERDICT: A refreshing change from the hum-drum layout of most West Cork houses and bungalows.
Sq m: 214 (2,300 sq ft)
BER rating: C3
A great location, high above super-pretty Ardmore village by the famed Round Tower at Dysert, plus a decent sized site with 1,100 sq ft double garage, garden terraces and pergola/BBQ area, combine to give a lifestyle appeal to the swish dormer home called Windy Heights.
New to market with local agent Brian Gleeson of Liam Gleeson, it’s up among some of Ardmore’s priciest and very best houses in this west Waterford enclave, perennially popular with holiday makers from Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, and, now Dublin too, thanks to new motorway links as well.
Close-by are sentinel buildings like the converted old coastguard station and coast-watch towers, as well as the famed Cliff Walk which swings back around by this property on a half-acre site.
Guided at €460,000 by Mr Gleeson, Windy Heights is a fully re-worked 2,300 sq ft four-bed dormer home where the owners spent hugely on upgrades, as well as on personal interior design touches for a bit of extra pzzazz.
There’s a large front drawing room with raised feature black fireplace, behind there’s a full width linked tiled kitchen/dining room with utility off, and the dining space links into a cosy family/TV room with matching tiled floor and fireplace. Also at ground level is an en suite guest bedroom with fully tiled wet-room/shower, while overhead there’s a reconfigured layout now with large main bathroom, en suite master bedroom and walk in closet, and two other bedrooms.
VERDICT: Pristine, ready for the hols.
Sq m: 120 (1,300 sq ft)
BER rating: C1
Families with children will find 20 Old Court a bit of a box-ticker, says auctioneer Norma Healy, of this Killumney Road market offering at Greenfields, Ballincollig.
The Sherry FitzGerald agent seeks offers around €330,000 for the detached 1,300 sq ft house; it has a west-facing back garden and overlooks a green, within a cul de sac — so, a safe playing territory then for children.
Built over a decade or so ago, the house has two reception rooms, each with fireplaces, there’s a kitchen/breakfast room with Shaker units, plus a utility alongside. Three of the four bedrooms overhead are doubles, one’s a single, and the master bed’s en suite, making for three bathrooms in all.
Condition is good, inside and out, heating is via oil with double-glazing, and there’s off-street parking in front, front lawn with lots of colourful planting and side access to a walled-in back garden with shed.
VERDICT: Not the biggest four-bed at about 1,300 sq ft, No 20 Old Court still however manages to fit in all the essentials, and is easily reached from the city via Cork’s still-improving south ring road nd Ballincollig bypass.
Sq m: 135 (1,450 sq ft)
BER rating: D2
The gardens are inclined to steal the show at 62, the Highlands, in Cork’s Glounthaune.
Set on an elevated, sloping half acre at Ballynaroon, looking over Cork harbour and the water’s edge Rising Tide bar and restaurant, this is a well-sized three-bed home, on fantastic gardens.
It has got linked living spaces maximising the light and views to the south, with access to a raised decking area/viewing terrace off a 22’ by 15’ main living area, as well as from a sun room with glazing on three sides, plus with a fireplace for chillier evenings.
No 62 is for sale with Casey and Kingston Auctioneers, who say it’s going to have a real appeal for the green-fingered types who love the outdoors, thanks to the care put into the pristine half acre. Handily, there’s a garage for storage, garden equipment, bikes etc, and the Glounthaune location means its close to the rail station giving a commuter link and option to Cork city.
Guide price is €395,000, and it’s got two bedrooms plus bathroom upstairs, almost sauna-like looking thanks to lots of pine cladding, as well as a ground floor en suite master bedroom with lots of Sliderobes.
VERDICT: Lovely southerly harbour aspect, and seating areas to soak up the sun and bird-song from.