Trading up

We view a selection of trading up homes from around the country.

Trading up

College Road, Cork €375,000

Sq m: 158 (1,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: D1

A fine example of Edwardian building — that’s Oakhurst, according to auctioneer Johnny O’Flynn who is selling the early 1900s home near Cork’s UCC.

The three-storey house, solid, square, and on a corner site at the junction of Donovans Road and College Road, has a €375,000 asking price with the Sherry FitzGerald agent, who says it has four reception rooms and four bedrooms, and has been recently upgraded.

The area has been popular with academics and medics, though student accommodation has made strong inroads in the past two decades, and UCC is practically a next door neighbour. But, century old Oakhurst has been family-owned for many years, according to Mr O’Flynn who feels its next owners will also be private.

Rooms behind the red-brick and dash facade and side entry porch include a high-ceilinged hall, a large living/dining room with distinctive, angled corner bay window, linked via folding doors to a family room. These rooms have original coving and fireplaces, while each of the four overhead bedrooms also has a fireplace.

The kitchen is recently re-done, with underfloor heating and has garden access, while there’s also a study/playroom, separate WC and bathroom.

VERDICT: On UCC’s doorstep.

Ballincollig, Cork €240,000

Sq m:130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: D1

Billed as being “the epitome of turn-key condition” is the extended four-bed family home, 93 Shamrock Drive, by Muskerry Estate in Cork’s Ballincollig. And, that claim by its selling agent Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald isn’t far off the mark for this well-upgraded home that’s going to have huge appeal for families needing a decent measure of space, at an affordable price level, west of the city.

Likely to date to the 1970s, over its time it has been extended into to the side, and right out to the back as well, so now about two-thirds of the total floor area is at ground level with a good see-through floor plan.

Down here, there’s a front lounge opening via double doors to a rear family/dining room, 22’ wide and 11’ deep, and beyond again in a rear extension is a 14’ by 12’ kitchen/breakfast room with walnut units and island. There’s also a utility, guest WC and a ground level playroom, or optional fourth bedroom in what would have been an attached garage.

Upstairs, the format is more regular, with three bedrooms (two doubles, one en suite and a single) plus main family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath.

No 93 has had the full upgrade inside, and its back garden has a good west aspect and decking with French door access to take advantage of it: it just needs bit of extra colour and planting to make the most of this private rear space.

VERDICT: A quick seller.

Lismore, Waterford €205,000

Sq m: 140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 1

BER rating: NA

Lismore’s Crooked Bridge Lodge might be an unfinished project, but the end is very much in sight for this West Waterford farmyard cluster conversion.

The collection of old and upgraded stone buildings has vernacular country references, like a corrugated clad rear extension, and is on a site just short of two acres by the Knockmealdown mountains and the famous Vee, with a stream cutting through, purposely making its way to the Blackwater river.

It includes a converted stone barn, with gable glazed arch on one end, and linking to an adjacent farmhouse via a short all-glass link section, while the house section has that corrugated protrusion to the rear.

Design is by Blackrock, Co Dublin-based Peter Legge Architects who have overseen works to date, but it is now being sold in an unfinished state. It has scope for four bedrooms, a main bathroom, sitting room and 23’ by 12’ kitchen/dining space.

Location is about six miles from Lismore, in a rural hillside setting. Selling agent Eamonn Spratt in Dungarvan seeks offers around €205,000 and work to date is of a very high standard. “If you want a piece of heaven, then this is it!,” he enthuses.

VERDICT: You’ll have to budget for final ‘personal taste’ touches and finishes, but the hard graft is all done.

Inniscarra, Cork €295,000

Sq m: 130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: E1

Detached family homes within a 10-20 minute spin of Cork City are selling fast, says agent Robert O’Keeffe of Irish and European, as he brings an Inniscarra bungalow with add-ons to market.

He has just listed this well-kept 1970s four-bed, on a two-thirds acre site near Cloghroe at Bridgestown, guiding €295,000, and it’s within five minutes of Inniscarra Community Centre and Ballincollig. He says this home is ideal for families, those trading up and wanting to work from home as there’s a detached 170 sq ft home office, plus a small stable and shed.

Accommodation includes a large living/dining room, a newly-fitted kitchen, utility, study, and four bedrooms with two bath/shower rooms, and the house has sheltered patio areas between it and its extra buildings.

“We’ve had recent good sales of similar homes in the Inniscarra and Canons Cross area, demand is very good and this house is on very attractive private grounds, which seem to be a bit of a sun-trap,” said Mr O’Keeffe, adding that he recently had a €295k house sale fall through, only to swiftly find a replacement buyer at €310k instead.

VERDICT: Easy and convenient country living, in a popular location, with good balance of house and site size.

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