Trading up: South Douglas Road, Cork, €300,000

Will the south-facing detached bungalow called San Michele, on Cork’s south Douglas Road, be bought by a trader down, rather than by a trader up? Very likely.

Size: 130 sq m (1,400sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 1 

Bedrooms: 4 

BER: Pending

A fresh market offering this week with agents Jeremy Murphy Associates and guided at what must be a very achievable €300,000, San Michele is set at about the half-way mark along this road between Cork city centre and Douglas village. 

It’s just east of the Cross Douglas Road by Loreto, and has a choice of access points to the south city ring road/link road network, and so has both accessibility and location hugely in its favour.

Other bonus points are that despite its almost compact external appearance, thanks to a previous rear extension within it has four bedrooms, two reception rooms, sun room to the front/side, and kitchen/diner.

It’s all quite tidily presented with a fresh-looking kitchen and one of the four beds has an en suite; there’s a main family bathroom, and on top of it all, there’s a floored attic with Velux and radiator, so, really more to this home than first meets the eye.

Externally, most of its gardens are to the front, as the rear extension brings the build close to the back boundary, where there’s a paved yard.

At the €300k guide, it’s open to a range of aspiring buyers, including FTBs, but they may be out-gunned by better heeled traders down. 

VERDICT: Bungalows are in short supply right across Cork’s longer-established residential suburbs


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