Trading up: Ballinlough, Cork €360,000

The back garden of this suburban semi-d is a sun-trap, facing south, and the location’s ace. 

Size: 107 sq m (1,152 sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 1 

Bedrooms: 3 


So says estate agent James Coughlan, of Arus Mhuire, South Lodge.

Set within the grids of criss-crossing estates between the Ballinlough and Douglas roads, it’s a quite typical layout, older era three-bed semi-d, in the one family’s ownership for decades and now being sold in good, but dated, overall condition.

It’s guided at €360,000, and has off-street parking, gardens front and back on a site sloping down gently to rear/south, and there’s a nice green area for local children to kick a ball around just across the way a bit at South Lodge Grove, while there’s other parks, plus pitches and swimming pool close too. 

Internally, there are two separate reception rooms, with old, dark wood built-ins, fireplaces are original, and floors are timber boards, with oak strips in the hall. 

Total floor area’s c 1,150 sq ft, and the original, slightly extended kitchen layout has had a B&Q style oak shaker unit upgrade in recent years, windows are older style but double glazed aluminium, and there’s gas heating. 

Also freshened up is the main (and sole) bathroom, so new owners who haven’t the budget right now for major extensions can move and in make their changes piecemeal, or do it years down the line.

VERDICT: Lots of turnover of houses in the vicinity as the suburb enters a generational shift, and younger, new arrivals appreciate the proximity of well-regarded schools

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