Trading up

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

Trading up

Shanakiel, Cork €375,000

Sq m: 184 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: F

It’s a quality location, says Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing about No 3 The Grove, in Cork’s Shanakiel — and his firm’s most recent sale in the area seems to prove his point. Back in February, he put a very good 2,400 sq ft home nearby on a half an acre for sale guiding €595,000, and now the Price Register shows it sold very swiftly, with a deal recorded in May for €570,000.

So, almost on the back of that upper-end transaction, he has the adjacent, smaller, and more affordable, detached 2,000 sq ft five-bed at Shanakiel’s The Grove as a follow up.

It’s got the same remove setting, off the Shankiel Road above Sunday’s Well, near Apple, with UCC, CIT, hospitals and Fitzgerald’s park (via the pedestrian Daly’s Bridge) all within an easy drive, or a stiffer uphill walk. Shanakiel has always been popular with medics and academics — and now Apple up the way is one of the city’s biggest employers too. No 3 in the Grove has a long porch/sun room entrance, interconnecting reception rooms, a study, kitchen/dining room, utility and guest WC, and overhead one of its five bedrooms is en suite.

VERDICT: Likely to need updating, No 3’s got plenty of space already, and the large, lawned and slightly sloping west-facing back garden is big enough for games galore.

Waterfall, Cork €475,000

Sq m: 230 (2,460 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER rating: C1

An asking price below the €500k mark should put No 54 Heatherfield Close, in Cork’s Waterfall, on the map for upmarket home hunters.

A detached, two-storey five-bed built using innovative steel-frame methods by then-pioneering Fleming Construction, it’s never been lived in and is new to market with Trish Stokes of Lisney, guiding €475,000.

When launched in 2004, houses here in the scheme of 57 homes ranged from €580,000 to €650,000 for the larger type (such as No 54): medics flocked to buy, because of ease of access to the CUH and resale hopes reached asking prices of around €1m at the market’s peak.

Ms Stokes says there’s fantastic airy interior space in this example, especially at ground level where there’s a family room a couple of steps below the kitchen/dining room, opening to a patio.

This space is unfitted, so a buyer will need to budget for a kitchen, flooring and other finishes to come.

The main lounge is a big area, as is the hall, there’s a home office/study and overhead the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, and en suite, while two other bedrooms share an en suite, and the family bathroom has both Jacuzzi bath and a shower.

VERDICT: Family-friendly development.

Montenotte, Cork €259,000

Sq m: 147 (1,592 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: E

They built ‘em bigger, back in the day at Tracton Avenue — and that’s why these semis in Cork’s Montenotte made and continue to make great trading up homes.

So says agent Jeremy Murphy as he brings the 1970s semi 26 Tracton Avenue to market, with a €259,000 AMV.

The house is bright, and big enough too at just shy of 1,600 sq ft, and all four of its bedrooms are doubles, adds the agent — so there won’t be too much rowing among the children as to who gets what bedroom.

Downstairs, the front 16’ by 11’ reception room has an extra deep window, making it extra bright, and French doors open to a rear dining room. Separately, there’s a kitchen/dining room just recently re-fitted with cream high-gloss units and metro-style splashback tiles. There’s a guest WC, utility and the attached garage is plumbed as a laundry, and could easily be converted for additional residential space, whilst there’s also a mature back garden, and off-street parking.

A number of rooms have varnished wood floors, there’s a decent-sized hall, and No 26 has gas central heating, double glazing, and an alarm.

VERDICT: Good size, quiet setting, near services and the northern ring road.

Currabinny Rd, Co Cork €415,000

Sq m: 220 (2,350 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

Bathrooms: 3

BER rating: C2

Houses in Carrigaline’s Riverside development rarely come up for sale — and sell well when they do.

Almost two houses in one, these are very large bungalows, with two distinct wings, linked by an entry hall, and living areas are massive.

Now, new to market with Hugh McPhillips of Marshs is Amberly, a good example of this expansive floor plan, in a great setting, right beside by a very large and extremely well-kept green area (it’s even got a side gate onto the green, so let loose the soccer balls, dogs and children).

The setting is just off the Currabiny or Church Road, and some of the newer builds in this niche setting have estuary views, but Amberley has a mature and quiet site (with veg and herb beds) by the green, within a half mile of the satellite town’s many amenities.

There’s a large 19’ by 18’ main living room with wood-burning stove, a dining room with raised marble fireplace, and a kitchen/living room that’s super-sized, at 25’ by 18, with new oak units, Neff appliances and LED lights. Alongside is a utility, and this house ‘wing’ also has a guest bedroom with en suite. Across the hall are four more bedrooms, one with en suite, and a garage.

VERDICT: Changing colours will give this house a lift.

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