Trading up

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

Trading up

Carron, Co Clare €260,000

Sq m: 184 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: C1

The scenery changes with the seasons at this Carron, Co Clare home built in the mid 2000s: in summer, it’s all Burren views, while in autumn and winter, the nearby turlough or ‘dry’ lake floods, so you have a water vista for the other half of the year.

Built with this alternating view on a 0.8 acre site close to the Michael Cusack centre (recalling the GAA’s founder) is this 2,000 sq ft quality family home, new on the books of Sherry FitzGerald McMahon with a €260,000 AMV.

They say the site near the famed Carron turlough is as well-kept as the interior, and it has a few scene-stealing rooms, including the main living room, with tall cathedral ceiling, and a brick chimney breast with inset cast iron wood-burning stove.

A number of the windows have plantation-style shutters, while the kitchen has black granite-topped oak units, an Esse range cooker, Belfast sink and attractive terracotta tiles. The utility has a half door leading to a raised deck area, done in low-maintenance pvc, while a pressed concrete ‘apron’ surrounds the house and garage, done to resemble limestone paving — ironically, in a part of the country that produces the famous Liscannor flagstones.

VERDICT: Smart home option in beauty spot.

Innishannon, Cork €495,000

Sq m: 214 (2,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: C1

Carrying the unusual name of Gulag Coed is this splayed, deep V-shaped bungalow family home on the fringes of Innishannon, a quarter hour’s commute from Cork City’s western suburbs en route to Bandon and Kinsale.

New to market with Bandon estate agent Brendan Bowe who seeks offers around €495,000, it has 2,300 sq ft of quality, exuberantly coloured and vibrant family living space, and 600 sq ft more at dormer attic level, for future possible colonisation, already floored, slabbed and accessed via pull-down stairs.

Layout is in two wings, one for living (plus a guest/ fourth bedroom) and the other side has three more bedrooms plus bathroom with master bed with walk-in robes leading to an en suite.

The main living area is 25’ by 22’, with soaring central ceiling feature chimney-breast divide, with stove giving heat on two sides. The kitchen’s as spacious, with island, granite topped units and a Stanley range.

The site at Clonmoreen (above the Shippool/ Kinsale road) is large, with scope to buy more land if needed and the village is an easy walk. There’s Bandon valley views back along the river towards Innishannon and its wooded hill, with the superbly rescued Cor Castle visible to the west.

VERDICT: Refreshingly individual inside.

College Road, Cork €250,000

Sq m: 112 (1,200 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: D2

You’d never know from the inside that 5, Aldergrove dates to the early 1900s — it’s just completed a total internal makeover and upgrade, yet still managed to hold onto its original architectural detailing.

Old features like the hall tiles and some attractive stained glass in doors, as well as picture rails, fireplaces, arches etc have sensibly been kept as a reminder of the house’s venerable roots, but other than that, it’s been rewired, replumbed, has new bathrooms with a recently added ground floor shower room, new gas boiler and a whole lot more, plus redecoration.

The house, on Highfield West near UCC and the Lough as well as hospitals like the Bons and CUH, is fresh to market with Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, guiding €250,000.

Apart from its redone interior, and the setting within a walk of the city, there’s off-street parking, and a west-facing patio and small back garden.

No 5 has inter-linked reception rooms with double doors with stained-glass panels, fireplaces with old tiles, the front room has a bay window and further behind is a dining room, kitchen and tiled shower room.

The next level has three bedrooms plus bathroom, and the top floor has a multi-use 16’ by 12’ attic room.

VERDICT: Done, and dusted.

Douglas, Cork €550,000

Sq m: 185 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: D2

Trading up family homes have been selling well — and in jig-time too — in Cork City suburbs like Douglas all year, with lack of supply helping to drive bids.

So, the re-emergence of the smart hideaway package that is Ferndale should see viewers appreciating this niche-set home.

Ferndale, aka 4 Rosepark, is a 2,000 sq ft five-bed detached in a cul de sac off Douglas’s Loreto Park, built in the early 1980s by the well-regarded Tim Lawton who has specialised in upper-end homes, over 30 years.

It previously came up for sale in 2009, guiding €795,000, but the owner didn’t sell, and now it is new on the books of estate agent Conor Smith in Casey and Kingston, priced at €550,000.

It’s on a site of one-third of an acre, utterly private with high hedging and lots of garden features and seating areas, and is in very good overall condition, just needing some decor updates now that its coming up on 30 years old.

It has all the essentials: a particularly large suburban site, a big enough house in its middle, with electric gates, oodles of parking, garage, electric gates, gas heating, double glazing, patios, pergola and veg beds, and a large workshed.

VERDICT: Good demand for just this sort of well-set home.

Duncannon, Wexford €275,000

Sq m: 92 (985 sq ft) plus tower

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

BER rating: E1

Garden ‘features’ take on a slightly grander hue at this 1950s Co Wexford bungalow — it’s got a 19th century, wholly intact 10-metre high Martello tower looming up behind it.

And, now the chance to buy the tower, the adjacent house and two acres of gardens has come along, all due for an auction sale on Oct 11.

Estate agent Anne Carton of PN O’Gorman says there’s a €275,000 guide price for this rare mix above Duncannon village. The tower is just one of three in that county, and the other two have been converted to residences. About 150 of these towers were built in Britain and Ireland to guard against Napoleonic invasions, and Ireland has about 50 Martello towers, half of which are around Dublin, while Cork harbour had seven. At one stage, U2’s frontman Bono lived in one in Bray, and Sandycove’s one is now the James Joyce museum.

Coastal village Duncannon’s Dun ar Ruin tower is the classic, simple two-storey over cellar/basment shape with internal staircase and granite walls up to 10’ thick — literally bombproof.

The adjacent three-bed bungalow, just shy of 1,000 sq ft, is described as charming and very well-kept.

VERDICT: Great outlook by a pretty seaside village.

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