Trading Up: Summercove, Kinsale €255,000

More of a trading-down, or trading-in, option is the mid-terraced Summercove house called Quebec, with the Bulman bar and restaurant on its doorstep, as is the pier at Summercove, plus a shingle beach at low tide.

Trading Up: Summercove, Kinsale €255,000

Hill-set Quebec is handily above the tides, as Summercove’s pier area and lower section has had some recent and quite dramatic storm battering, but at this perch, occupants can afford to enjoy the views, without a fear of incoming waves to upset their demeanor.

At present, this c 1,600 sq ft three-storey mid-terraced build is split into a ground floor, one-bed studio apartment, with duplex apartment over the next two levels with three top floor bedrooms.

Selling agent is Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, who says new owners will most likely convert it back to a single house, with a first floor living room for views.

He guides from €255,000 and that’s almost an entry point price for much of Kinsale and Summercove: recent surveys have shown Kinsale to have the fastest rate of price inflation outside of the Dublin region.

There’s off-street parking to the back, so that’s a bonus as Summercove can get congested in peak fine weather times, and there’s a rear yard, but no garden, so isn’t ideal for families.

Kinsale itself is within a good walk, along the scenic Scilly walk, and by the time you get there, you’ll be hungry and thirsty and the town’s well capable of sating most appetites.

VERDICT: A niche buy, in a niche setting, with Kinsale harbour views from the upper floors.

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