Trading up

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

Trading up

Cobh, Cork harbour €430,000

Sq m: 280 (3,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Exempt

Bathrooms: 6

There’s now a good deal of house, and grounds, on offer at Cobh’s Amberleigh, a period era home of considerable charm, considerable upgrades — and the best of Cork harbour views.

All on two acres, and all for €430,000.

The 3,000 sq ft semi-detached, Victorian era home is up at 4, West End Terrace, within a trot of the historic town, and at one stage had as many as eight bedrooms.

The owners reduced that to a more practical five bedrooms, all en suite, with power showers, and ran Amberleigh as a well-received guest house, whilst the reduced bedrooms tally puts it back within the needs of family buyers and private residents once more.

Estate agent Johanna Murphy says there are two elegant reception rooms with views, period details and polished wood floors; there’s a private courtyard off the breakfast room, kitchen with pantry, the master bedroom also has great views and the heating system is pressurised.

Slate-hung, and creeper clad, Amberleigh dates to the 1830s, and was in earlier days lived in by one of the estate managers of the Smith-Barrry Fota Estate.

VERDICT: A bit of Cobh history, brought up to date.

Model Farm Road, Cork €625,000

Sq m: 280 (3,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Bathrooms: 3

It’s a big block of a house — and No 6 Hilton’s a good one too, all on a half acre, off Cork City’s Model Farm Road.

Newly renovated, from the top down, this is a significantly upgraded and altered early 1970s home, with open plan layout and sun room, plus a great attic space, all on very good gardens, just needing a new owner’s personal stamp — plus, perhaps, an updated kitchen.

Quietly on the market since the summer months, without a price publicly quoted, it’s now getting a more public push with agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, who guides it at €625,000, stressing the amount of work done, the sheer size, special features like its long front balcony, and the garden’s half acre. Good houses have been selling steadily in this western suburban location in the past year or two, with a 2012 sale just shy of €1m, and others this year nestled in the €500,000s up to over €800,000.

In terms of location, Hilton’s opposite Nangles Garden Centre, and within a short drive of the CUH and Bons hospitals, as well as CIT and UCC. Major employers west of the city, such as EMC and VMWare, may also provide a possible purchaser of this good Hilton option.

Freshly decorated, there’s a bright interior thanks to removal of some dividing walls, and there’s a 450 sq ft attic with large window, plus attached garage all ready to be further colonised.

VERDICT: Big inside and out.

Pallaskenry, Limerick €425,000

Sq m: 510 (5,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 7

BER rating: B3

Set just beyond a Co Limerick spot called Paradise, on the Shannon estuary at Pallaskenry, is a large, well-built modern home over part-basement, on eight acres with water frontage.

About 15 miles from Limerick, the sprawling, accommodating ranch-like home is for sale with Martin O’Donovan of Treaty Auctioneers who guides at well under the cost of building to this level, at just €425,000. “It’s well-priced to sell,” he states.

The property’s at the very end of the road leading to Ballymacdonnell pier, and is long, wide and low-slung with panoramic views over the Shannon towards Shannon town, airport and Bunratty, and is on a sloping site which yields up a drive down to a basement level garage and lower ground level.

It has a conservatory entrance, very large main reception rooms, big kitchen with island and granite tops, all five bedrooms are en suite, there’s a sauna room and gym, and a high overall level of finish. Gardens around are landscaped, with paddocks beyond, and there are terraces and patios and a high-level walk across part of the grounds to the surrounding house path, and a sweep of tarmac drive, with electric gates at the entrance.

VERDICT: A popular waterside commuter spot for Limerick and even Shannon.

Castlefreke, West Cork €249,000

Sq m: 113 (1,250 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: E2

Bathrooms: 1

The beach, dunes and headlands views from this West Cork perch are right in vogue — and could have been in Vogue as well.

The Castlefreke area between Rosscarbery and Clonakilty has been endorsed by none other than Ukranian-born Daria Werbowy, and now part-time Castlefreke resident. Said to be the world’s highest supermodel, Werbowy featured over 16 pages in a last month’s US Vogue magazine in a Kerry shoot by legendary photographer Annie Liebowitz. Werbowy was instrumental in bringing that major shoot and focus to Killarney, but has sensibly kept her modest West Cork beach-beat retreat off-camera.

Now, in that celeb-endorsed scenic area there’s been a price reduction on the 1980s architect-designed Dun an Óir, a three-bed detached home with panache, and picture windows for the best of ocean views.

Guided at €249,000 to encourage a swift sale by agents Hodnett Forde, it has got two ground floor bedrooms plus a mezzanine one, interior style, double-height spaces and a central chimney breast core with wood-burning store, for quick warm-ups after a day’s surfing and fishing, or walking the local woods and beaches.

VERDICT: A super, model home in the making.

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