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Sq m: 380 (4,100 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER rating: B3

Split-level and sprawling, the large, rangy home, Wheatfield Lodge, in Cork’s Carrignavar, won’t be found wanting by families that are looking for more than the norm.

The five-bed house, out at Ballybrack, about six miles from the city, is on a site of three quarters of an acre, wrapping around a huge, sandstone-paved patio with pond/water feature.

Lots of design thought, and attention to finishing, has gone into this eight-year-old home, with solid, Canadian oak floors and lots of travertine marble-tiled floors to boot.

Joint agents are Tom Woodward and Thos J O’Driscoll, who say the size makes it highly adaptable, and some of the bedrooms can be used as a home office etc, as well as a 26’ by 18’ attic-level gym/playroom with eaves storage.

Most of the rooms are large, and several interconnect, and many windows have plantation shutters — there’s hardly an area that hasn’t been given an extra touch or flourish, there’s underfloor heating and, outside, there’s a sunken, walled sun terrace to one end, with extensive landscaping.

VERDICT: A home on the range, a 15-minute commute to the city centre.

DOUGLAS, CORK €350,000

Sq m: 140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2/3

BER rating: D2

More than your average four-bed semi-d — that’s No 6, Ardfallen Estate, just off Cork’s main Douglas Road, with 1,500 sq ft of internal space, and a broad, verdant back garden.

The distinctive, solid family home, with a projecting front and rear bays and attached garage, has a €350,000 price with Rose Property Services. It’s under offer at €335,000, with appreciative viewings, they say, whilst the charming mature back garden has what looks like a throne, cut out of an old tree-trunk and stout trees for a summer-season hammock too.

Facing west and near a range of schools and services, as well as Douglas nursery park and swimming pool (there’s a nearby pedestrian link) there’s lots of extra scope here, but already No 6 has very good living space, including a 24’ by 13’ living/dining room, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, plus a utility with guest WC in a partial side extension.

There’s a large hall, and attractive stairwell/landing, four bedrooms and main bathroom, with separate adjoining WC.

VERDICT: Apart from its internal accommodation, glazing individuality, and four bedrooms, No 6 will sway buyers with the privacy and space in its gardens. A good suburban bet, with choice of services and schools within an easy walk.


Sq m: 280 (3,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: G

Views down to the ‘Irish River Rhine’ come with Avonmore, an older style, large Blackwater home of character at Ballyduff Upper, near Lismore.

The country-style home with attractive front sunroom addition is on private, mature and elevated grounds close to the village of Ballyduff, with around 3,000 sq ft in all.

Selling agent Eamonn Spratt of Real Estate Alliance Spratt in Dungarvan guides Avonmore at €250,000, and says new owners could choose to modernise sections, whilst still working with its many original features.

It’s a four-bed, with one en suite and there’s scope to add a second en suite by annexing one of the smaller bedrooms, plus there’s a main bathroom and ground floor shower room. Other rooms include hall with old floor tiling and rear hall, sitting room, study, dining room, kitchen, conservatory and a garage, and several rooms have attractive fireplaces. The kitchen has a white Stanley range in a tiled alcove.

Location is near St Michael’s Hall, elevated above the road and the river Blackwater, six miles from Lismore, ten from Fermoy, and Cork and Waterford cities are an hour’s drive away.

Avonmore’s grounds include lawn, orchard, shrubs, patio and paddocks.

VERDICT: Old world character in spades.


Sq m: 215 (2,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: C2

You wouldn’t know Robin Hill Avenue exists, unless you really pick your way around the byways of Cork’s Magazine Road.

Hunt here by Bendemeer Park, though, and you’ll find this enclave of a half dozen or so one-off detached homes, all but hidden away, within a few minutes’ walk of UCC, the Bon Secours, with CUH also within an easy trot. The city centre’s a walk away too, as are schools, and all those attributes combine to make it a good location for families.

So says agent Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, as he seeks offers around €585,000 for the five-bed home called Seftan. It’s on a site with a southerly rear aspect, is detached, with an attached double garage to the front, and has three reception rooms inside making for what Mr O’Flynn calls a generous amount of living space: apart from the main section’s 2,300 sq ft, there’s an attic of a further 400 sq ft, so he’s on the money there.

Seftan’s front facade is brick and slate, with dash behind, and it’s in good, straightforward order, amenable to updating and decorative changes now or later on. It has an enclosed back garden with lawn a step or two above, with shrubs, mature trees and rear car access as a bonus.

VERDICT: Handy location.

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