Trading up

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

Trading up

Killorglin, Kerry €190,000-plus

Sq m: 200-230

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: B3

Called after trees, there’s five species or house types to sell in the Killorglin, Co Kerry, scheme of nine detached homes called Hawthorn Place.

The woody five are a mix of dormer designs, built by SS&T O’Shea, with some in a broad L-shape, and are named Applewood, Cherrywood, Oakwood, Redwood and Rosewood — with the latter the cheapest, at €190,000, via agent David O’Driscoll Associates.

They’re finished to varying stages, from basic shell to plastered out internally, and prices are likely to range to the mid-€200,000s, open to negotiation and final detailing. Each has three upstairs bedrooms (one en suite), one downstairs, and good living space. Inquiries are from a wide background, including UK relocaters.

Hawthorn Place is within walking distance of Killorglin (about a mile) on the Glenbeigh/Ring of Kerry road, and sizes range from 2,142 sq ft to 2,500 sq ft.

Killorglin’s home to the annual Puck Fair, as well as the home base of the major year-round employer Fexco, which has two sites in the town. Set on a river along the Ring, it’s home to a famous GAA club Laune Rangers, has a rowing club, an 18-hole parkland golf course, as well as soccer and rugby clubs, and a host of other outdoor adventure activities.

VERDICT: High end niche for Killorglin.

Blackrock Road, Cork €335,000

Sq m: 132 (1,435 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER Rating: G

Our property pages this weekend are all about extensions and upgrades — and here’s a house ready to undergo one or all of those options.

Likely to date to the early 1960s is Birch Lodge, a detached four-bed at 27 Richmond, a chicane-like estate between Cork City’s Blackrock and Boreenmanna Roads, within a brisk walk of the city centre.

It currently weighs in at 1,430 sq ft, so isn’t small in anyone’s book, and it’s clean, but dated and with things like single glazing, so even if it isn’t going to be extended, it will need insulating, etc., to cut down on future energy bills.

It carries a €335,000 price guide with Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, who notes that sales in Richmond are rare, and its gardens mature, private and lush.

It has two of its bedrooms, each 12’ by 12’ under sloping ceilings, and sharing a bathroom in between, and to the front downstairs are two more bedrooms by a shower room. Living accommodation sees a kitchen next to a dining room, linked by double doors to a 19’ by 12’ lounge to one end, and to a sun-room to the side, with garden views.

There’s an adjacent garage which could be integrated to an extension plan.

VERDICT: Great location — bring fresh imagination.

Montenotte, Cork €240,000

Sq m: 130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: E1

The roof’s your garden, and the city views are pearls, if not your oyster, from the Mews, on high in Cork City’s old Montenotte Road in this old northside setting.

Looking onto some of Montenotte’s grandest terraced homes, and with other fine upmarket homes behind it, this most unusual home was built on what was once no-man’s land — back in the 1800s it was used for stabling horses, and later on for garaging cars.

A number of outbuildings on this loop road have been made over to mews house conversions, in varying degrees of style in recent decades, and now one called The Mews is for sale with Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing, guiding €240,000.

It’s an upside-down, three-bed 1,400 sq ft block, with two beds, hall, stores and a bathroom downstairs, and overhead are another bedroom, a bathroom, kitchen with limed oak units and two south-facing windows, plus an 18’ by 14’ living room with picture window.

Scene stealer is the roof terrace, actually the house’s flat roof, paved, with a lawn next to it, a great c 2,000 sq ft spot for outdoor entertaining.

VERDICT: Aloof aloft in lofty Montenotte, but could do with a bit of a style makeover and some softening planting on its bland front wall.

Bishopstown, Cork €295,000

Sq m: 140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: E1

A good Bishopstown location and address at 2, Central Avenue, four bedrooms, garage conversion and a modern high-gloss kitchen, and gardens front back and side — it’s a seller.

So says Conor Smith of Casey and Kingston of this O’Halloran-built western suburban Cork home aimed at families trading up, or trading in, to be near schools, shops and the city’s two main third level campuses also.

No 2 has two 14’ by 12’ reception rooms, front and back with fireplaces, and a longer kitchen/breakfast room behind, with good appliances and high gloss units, all recently fitted, and there’s also a utility room, ground floor WC and small study. Hop upstairs and there are three double bedrooms and a single, plus a family bathroom with separate WC (handy for morning queuing rushes) with a pull-down stairs to a partly floored attic.

The house was underpinned some time ago, when the garage was converted/integrated, and No 2 has oil heating and has been redecorated. There are still some modernising touches to be done, to taste, and there’s scope to extend to the back garden too, but it’s at the stage when buyers can move in, and do it gradually over time if they are on a budget.

VERDICT: Strong, family-friendly Bishopstown location.

Glounthaune, Cork €250,000

Sq m: 184 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: E2

There’ll be a welcome and a half to the parish for whoever buys this home high above Cork’s Glounthaune. The parish church is selling the current rectory, plus a building used as a parish centre.

The move-out and away comes after new facilities have been built down by the church, and as a result the 2,000 sq ft Presbytery on an elevated one third acre site is new to market, and under instant viewings, with Frances O’Brien of DNG Murphy Condon.

She guides what she terms a solid and elegant residence at €250,000, saying it has been well kept, with original features kept, yet it’s still nicely on the old-fashioned side.

It’s a slim looking building from the front, highly visible from the roads below and from the main Cork-Midleton road also and services, including the commuter rail station, are a short walk. About 100 years old, it’s south-facing, with oil heating, and has a detached garage and portable building, so could well suit someone who wants to work from home with a small bit of breathing space between home and office.

Inside, room ceiling heights are lofty enough, two reception rooms inter-connect, and there’s a kitchen with stove, pantry, utility and study. Upstairs are three bedrooms, and a bathroom.

VERDICT: Could be the answer to a house-hunter’s prayers.

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