Moving on

Price down at the Downs

FIVE bedrooms, four bathrooms, three reception rooms, and a price reduction to €595,000 from over €700k will suit the number crunchers out there, looking for a clean trading up option in Cork’s greater Douglas/Rochestown area.

Weighing in at around 2,200 sq ft thanks to an attic/top floor suite with two bedrooms and a shower room here, No 7 Abbotswood Downs is a modern home with good living space thanks to its front 17’ by 13’ living room, linking to a rear dining room via double doors, plus a playroom to the side, with Velux roof lighting. There’s a deep kitchen/diner, opening to a rear paved sun terrace. Auctioneers Cohalan Downing have reduced the price from €675,000 to €595,000.

VERDICT: Clean, modern, easy to keep and with plenty of space.

Location: Rochestown, Cork

Price: €595,000

Size: Sq m 205 (2,200 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Pending

Soothing house in Ballincollig

Location: Ballincollig, Cork

Price: €350,000

Size: Sq m 172 (1,854 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

WITH the clean gene, you either have it, or you don’t. That simple.

And the vendors of 21A Westcliffe have it in spades, but not the clinical, empty space kind, but in the warm, comfortable, but spotless way. This is a house that soothes: it’s softly decorated, but also has a fine sun room extension to the rear that gives it punch.

Withdrawn from the market a year ago, it’s now back with Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald and has a revised price guide too — No 21A is now on the market at €350,000, and that covers four bedrooms, three living rooms, a sunroom and a kitchen/ dining room with utility.

VERDICT: Like the house, the gardens are full of character, but pristine, and there’s a secluded sun trap to the terrace at the rear.

Great grounds with potential

Location: Castletroy, Limerick

Price: €300,000

Size: 254 sq m (2,734 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: pending

THE majority of viewers for ‘Newcastle’ on the Golf Links Road are those interested in the property for its site value only, says Pat Chesser of Chesser Auctioneers.

And that’s not surprising, considering the main house is in need of a major overhaul and hasn’t been lived in for some time.

Then, there’s the location, which he describes as superb, with a magnificent private garden.

There is over half an acre here in one of the choicer Limerick suburbs, which Castletroy golf club adjoining.

VERDICT: There is the option of building on the garden and renovating the main residence to let or sell off. Alternatively, the existing five-bed bungalow could be bulldozed in favour of an impressive house on impressive grounds.

Sunny days ahead by sea

Location: Dunmore East

Price: €345,000

Size: Sq m 148 (1,600 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

JUST a mile from the sea at Dunmore East is this price-reduced Knockanpadden family home, with some neat design touches, and a great family base for full-time coastal living.

The site size is almost an acre, and this bright pad (helped by a big glazed roof section in the hall) has four bedrooms in an adaptable layout, two at ground level, two overhead, and one on each floor is en suite.

Apart from two reception rooms, utility and pantry, there’s also a big, open-plan kitchen/dining room, opening via French doors to a west-facing BBQ spot.

The house has various local scenes to view, including the Comeraghs and coast.

VERDICT: Design, and seaside living on offer at a value price.


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