Trading up: Cobh, Cork Harbour, €299,000

There’s a suitably royal sound to the elevated Cobh town period home called Kingswell, built back in the days when Cobh was the British naval port Queenstown, and this sizeable semi-d is said to have had an identical match in Dublin’s Kingstown, now called Dún Laoghaire.

Trading up: Cobh, Cork Harbour, €299,000

Dating to 1850, Victorian Kingswell is a 3,500 sq ft seven-bed house up on the High Road, with views over Cork harbour and where the new marina is to be built. At one stage, it was the local Norwood School and its current private owners have been here over a quarter century.

They’ve done some work and it has been re-roofed and some windows have been changed, but there’s still lots of internal original architectural features, says estate agent Johanna Murphy, who has reduced the price from €350,000 sought back in 2014 to €299,000 now.

It has access from both the Lake Road and the High Road, and faces south with sunny views over the harbour and Haulbowline and Spike Island, where further tourism projects are planned.

Kingswell now itself needs more work and investment, its semi-basement could be made over as self contained accommodation, and the grounds include some old outbuildings.

VERDICT: A lot of harbour period property for the money.

Cobh, Cork Harbour


Size: 330 sq m (3,500sq ft)

Bathrooms: 3

Bedrooms: 7

BER: Pending

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