Trading up

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

Trading up

Bishopstown, Cork €475,000

Sq m: 158 (1,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: C3

The shortage of detached trading-up stock in Cork city’s western suburbs should mean viewings picking up the pace at 24, the Crescent, off Westgate Road.

The red-brick faced detached five-bed home is for sale with Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald who guides it at €475,000, put it for sale in August and now finds the return to school and colleges has focused house-hunting families again: he’s been busy this week with viewings, and says it’s a great house, showing very well.

He adds that it’s very fresh, bright and well-kitted out, by a green and a cul de sac and billing No 24 as a walk-in job, he notes there’s a good balance of living and sleeping accommodation making it an ideal trading-up option for families, close to schools and to colleges also.

It’s got a good front living room, large bookshelf-lined study to the left of the hall, plus a whopping 24’ by 11’ kitchen/dining room behind, with island and oak units, plus there’s a utility and pantry to the side.

The rear garden is set over two levels, with sandstone paved upper portions and graveled, landscaped lower garden with lots of colourful planting and trees, but no lawns, front or back.

VERDICT: Now on buyers’ radar, with bids expected, it’s a clean, walk-in and easy to keep family home.

Limerick City €260,000

Sq m: 230 (2,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER rating: C2

There’s been lots, and lots, of extra space and extra features added to No 10 Laurel Hill Court, off Limerick city’s South Circular Road — it appears to have grown considerably out to the side, to the back with a sun-room, and into the roof area too with a mezzanine over the en suite master bedroom.

Set off the Ashbourne and Summerhill Avenues, the large, c 2,500 sq ft end-terrace city home was built in 1997 and much-extended 10 years ago, with the front brick facade neatly matched in and curved by the side, and there’s mature trees front and back. There’s garden access from the gable end of one of the two principal reception rooms, and this room also has glazed double doors to a rear sun-room by a patio and decking.

No 10 has two of its five bedrooms en suite, with a feature internal room stairs within the master bedroom to a mezzanine seating area, dressing area or study, all lit by two Veluxes.

Selling agent Lisa Kearney of Rooneys seeks offers of €260,000 for the quality home with attractive decor, gas heating and alarm. There’s a reasonable-sized side and back garden, small front lawn and parking.

VERDICT: Extra-big house, well finished and well-located at the end of terrace, with several garden access points as well.

Kinsale, Cork €250,000

Sq m: 133 (1,435 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5/6

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: N/A

Kinsale is back on song, after a couple of years traffic disruption and street dig ups, plus a fine summer that put a glow on its face, tourists in the town, and money in the bank.

The chic south Cork town attracts a wide catchment of fans, and many go on to buy property here, given its eclectic allure, many attractions, boating options, bars, restaurants, galleries and shops.

Now, a period era house in the town’s historic core, on Cork Street is up for sale with attributes that may well appeal to such lifestyle relocaters, or holiday home hunters.

Slap-bang in the town centre is the three-storey, five-bed home 40 Cork Street, for sale with Catherine McAuliffe of Savills who seeks offers around €250,000.

It’s on the road/hillside at Cork Street, with an enclosed rear yard which gets lots of sun, but other than that, there’s no gardens, so it is ideal for those seeking a ‘lock up and leave’ base, with no garden maintenance to bother about.

It has a sitting room to the front, kitchen via an arch, games room with tiled floor, dining area with yard access, and five bedrooms (plus study/bed six) and two shower rooms over the next two levels.

VERDICT: Town centre convenience in a spot that bustles in summer, and catches its breath in winter.

Glounthaune, Cork €277,000

Sq m: 130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: C2

On the back of a couple of local sales, and bidding in excess of the asking prices at Glanmire and Glounthaune, agent Jeremy Murphy is confident of interest and bids on this decades-old bungalow at Cork’s Rougrane, up above Glounthaune.

He guides it at €277,000, which he says leaves scope for most trading-up bidders to spend a bit more on updates. However, it already has had new windows fitted, and walls pumped with insulation, so there’s now a respectable C2 BER rating.

One of his recent sales at nearby Kilcoolishal saw an upgraded single-storey home go for close to €400k, having been guided at €345,000, as there was, he says, a bit of a biding war. “Glounthaune is seen as very commutable, especially because of the rail link to the city,” notes Mr Murphy.

This yellow-brick bungalow, about 40 years old, has four bedrooms, shower room plus family bathroom, living room, study, kitchen/dining room, and sun room — making for 1,400 sq ft in all, on a site above the village of Glounthaune of two-thirds of an acre. This Rougrane home has dual heating, plus a garage.

VERDICT: Very well priced for those who want a detached country bungalow, and any further spending will pay dividends.

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