Trading Up: Ballinlough, Cork €340,000

Good enough to move straight into and work away on, with modernising tweaks or more substantial upgrades, is this mid-20th century-built semi-d in Cork’s South Lodge.

No 25 is a family home in the suburban Ballinlough hinterland, with a long back garden, attached garages, an attic converted for storage with rear-facing dormer window, and it even has a part-covered rear porch just off the kitchen, with low walls, tiled floor, and corrugated plastic roof, handy for pets or clothes drying.

No 25 is listed at €340,000 with estate agent Florence Gabriel of Sherry FitzGerald — it had been on the market since last year with other agents at €350,000. The Price Register shows a handful of South Lodge semi-d sales since 2010, when one sold for €140,000. By 2016 one had sold for €363,000 so timing is clearly a factor, as is overall condition and the scale of modernising needed.

Ms Gabriel says No 25 is s in good decorative condition, while still needing modernisation, but adds this can be factored in for some time later on, if on a tight budget.

Trading Up: Ballinlough, Cork €340,000

It has two separate reception rooms, each with open fireplaces (there’s oil central heating too), the front room has a deep bay window, and the kitchen is in a small rear annex, with overhead Velux.

VERDICT: Should be back on buyers’ radar.


Pollutants can have an impact on your health, but there are things you can do to reduce the potential damage.High pollution days ‘lead to more cardiac arrests and strokes’: 5 easy ways to protect yourself

Even if you only have room for one pot in the smallest space, plant some tulips in it to make your garden spring to life, says Hannah Stephenson.7 design tips to make your tulips in garden pots stand out in a crowd

Does the early bird catch the gym gains, or are you better off running through your reps after the sun sets? We ask two personal trainers.Ask the experts: Is it better to work out in the morning or the evening?

John’s chairs will last a lifetime, but he is also passing on his knowledge to a new generation, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Made in Munster: The ancient art of súgán-making is woven into Irish family history

More From The Irish Examiner