Trading up: Rossa Avenue, Cork €420,000

Sq m: 255 (2,750 sq ft)

There’s a wedge-shaped site with the large detached four-bed home called Courtville, at the CIT end of Rossa Avenue, in Cork City’s western fringes. The house has great sports amenities almost on its doorstep thanks to the CIT and Waterworld complexes. The 2,750 sq ft house is new to market this month with Anthony O’Regan of Keane Mahony Smith, who guides at €420,000, within reach of traders-up in the wider Bishopstown area. The house has given its name to a development, Courtville Apartments, on its northern boundary, and is more private to the south.

Here, there’s a front sun-trapping conservatory overlooking well-stocked grounds. There’s a large 25’ by 16’ living/dining room with feature 1970s-style stone chimney hearth and parana pine ceiling, hall with wood floor, TV room/study, and kitchen with utility. Upstairs are four bedrooms, one en-suite. The main bathroom has twin sinks, bidet, etc.

Courtville has the right basics, as well as alarm and gas heating but will need modernising and some more spending.

KMS agent Anthony O’Regan had a larger, six-bed detached Bishopstown house, called Corron, for auction Wednesday, on a 0.75 acre site guided at €4900,000, withdrawn at €400k and now under negotiation.

VERDICT: Close to CUH and CIT.

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