TRADING UP: A selection of trading up homes in city and county

We scan a selection of trading up homes in city and county...

TRADING UP: A selection of trading up homes in city and county

We scan a selection of trading up homes in city and county...

Friars Walk, Cork City €265,000

Size: 82sq m (890 sq ft)

Bathrooms: 3

Bedrooms: 3/4

BER: C1

There's a bit of coffee culture gentrification coming out to met those travelling the road into and out of Cork city to Friars Walk, where No 1 Maryville is newly up for sale.

First up on the way out of town is Nano Nagle Place, with its garden oasis attractions, good Day Deli, and ready-to-open architecture school.

Next with perfect timing for the autumn return to studies is the new coffee house, Major Tom’s, at the corner of Evergreen Street and Friars Walk, and then, a short walk lands you by Maryville, and Deerpark CBS, where one half of a pair of early 1900s ornate-facaded brick and plastered houses is found.

The west facing two-storey house (it’s next door to a yard used for years by a decorative plaster moulding company) is guided at €265,000 by estate agents Jeremy Murphy and Associates, it is reroofed, rewired and redecorated, with gloss kitchen, and rear yard.

It has the option of using one ground floor room as a bedroom/bed four, and when fully rented it had earned €1,760 per month, or €21,000 pa, but now it’s also expected to attract FTB/owner occupier interest.

VERDICT: The sand-blasted and repointed brickwork makes it fresh-faced once more.

Boreenmanna Road, Cork City €325,000

Size: 154 sq m (1,650 sq ft)

Bathrooms: 2

Bedrooms: 4/5

BER: F

Selling agent for 15, Flora View, James G Coughlan, just ‘gets’ what this individual, warm-hearted home is all about.

A great location, it is a well-lived in and appreciated mid-terrace house with charm, heritage going back to the early 1900s, a south-facing, long back garden and sun-trap patio – and a convenient setting, a five-minute cycle or a ten-minute walk from Cork city centre.

No 15 Flora View is 250 yards from the city end of the Boreenmanna Road/City Link road, making for a tiny commute, and an easy, urban living option for a range of home hunters, from first time buyers, to traders-in, aided and abetted by a price guide of €325,000.

Investors may scan No 15 given it’s scope to have up to five bedrooms, thanks to an attic/ second floor conversion, but the appeal really is to private buyers, who’ll get so much more for their money than in a standard three-bed semi-d further out in the ‘burbs.

There’s close on 1,650 sq ft, with two ground floor reception rooms, the back one linking into a bright kitchen/diner with oak units with sliding patio doors, ground floor utility and guest WC.

The next level above with rear return offers up four bedrooms plus main bathroom, and above is an attic room with pine-sheeted ceilings. There are antique fireplaces in the main downstairs rooms, some window shutters are retained, and there’s an original hall tiled floor, old pine floors, plus pvc double glazing and gas heating.

VERDICT: Agent Jim Coughlan says it’s a gem, not to be missed. He’s right.

Minane Bridge, Cork, €320,000

Size: 134 sq m (1,435 sq ft)

Bathrooms: 2

Bedrooms: 3-bed

BER Rating: D2

Close to everything, but in the middle of lovely coastal countryside, that’s the key to the appeal of this good-sized yet ‘only’ threebed detached family home, at Cork’s Farranbrien West.

Carrying a €320,000 price guide and standing on 0.75 of an acre, it’s listed for sale with Carrigaline-based auctioneer Michael Pigott, who lives close to this scenic south Cork spot, near Tracton, Minane Bridge and the coast at Nohoval. Carrigaline and Kinsale are a 15 minute commute, and Cork city and airport are perhaps 30 minutes away, so while it’s rural, it’s far from remote.

It’s a very good quality home of 1,435 sq ft, with en suite master bedroom, utility. Conservatory, with a solid roof, is off the modern kitchen, the living room has a stove, and doors and bathrooms have been updated

too, so it’s all in walk-in order.

Outside, the grounds include a large chalet-like shed with power supply, and animal run.

VERDICT: Fresh as daisy inside.

Meanwhile, we’ve been asked to clarify that the asking price for a detached 2,200 sq ft high quality dormer home at Scart, Aherla near Farnanes just west of Cork city was erroneously quoted at €430,000 in these pages on June 2. The correct price is €480,000, via agent Killian Lynch of Macroom.

River Bandon, Cork €425,000

Size: 6.9 acres

Bathrooms: 1

Bedrooms: 3

BER: G

You could move the apostrophe, or the possessive ‘s’ from Water’s Edge, to Water Sedge, and would make just as much sense: this house is indeed on its own grassy, marshy, reedy, and sedge-stocked bend in a river. Up for sale with unfilled potential is this sad-looking bungalow, on a cracking 6.9 acre site at Knockroe, between Innishannon and Kilmacsimon on the River Bandon.

Estate agent Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing sold it back in the 1970s, it sold again in the 1990s, but the buyer never did much with it and now, Mr Tyrrell wryly observes, “there is the remains of a house on the site.”

It’s in a very scenic, tidal stretch of the River Bandon, facing toward the wooded hill at Shippool across the way, and Kinsale is a few kilometres away by river, and Innishannon and the Cork/Bandon N40 is 4km upriver by road, or boat. Despite its water proximity, the house has never flooded, it’s well above river level, and — by way of counting blessings in terms of property and lifestyle values — another real plus is the fact a large piggery up the hill ceased operation in the early to mid-2000s.

Mr Tyrrell guides Water’s Edge at €425,000, noting how rare it is to get a site of scale, with existing dwelling and such extensive river frontage, with easy reach of services, schools, Bandon, Kinsale, Cork and its international airport.

Verdict: Pigs will fly before something similar comes to float your boat.

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