Trading up: We scan a selection of trading up homes around the country

Trish Dromey reports on homes in Glanmire, Rathpeacon, Crossbarry, Glasheen.

Glanmire, Co Cork €425,000

No 16 Lower Glencairn, Glanmire is set to attract trade-up buyers with both the spaciousness of its living space as well as the privacy of its mature well-planted gardens.

So says auctioneer Jeremy Murphy who reckons that this four-bed dormer property has one of the largest gardens in Lower Glencairn, a cul de sac estate of large detached house built in the early 2000s. “It has a sweeping driveway at the front and a south west facing back garden which is not overlooked and extremely private,’’ says Mr Murphy quoting a guide of €425,000 for the 2,140 sq ft house.

Its very spacious modern living accommodation includes a 27 ft long oak floored living dining room as well as a modern kitchen with cream units. Other rooms include a utility room, play room and an en suite ground floor bedroom as well as a back sunroom with a vaulted ceiling.

The upper floor has a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and three bedrooms, one en suite. There’s a cobblelock driveway way with mature beds at the front and, enclosed by fencing and ivy-covered walls, a long back garden with a patio and a pergola.

Mr Murphy says that Lower Glencairn properties are popular with trade up buyers because of their location close to amenities in Glanmire and within a short drive from the Dunkettle Roundabout and the Lee Tunnel.

Verdict: Meets a great many trade up requirements.

Size: 199 sq m (2,140sq ft)

Bathrooms: 3


Trish Dromey



Rathpeacon, Co Cork €320,000

Escaping to the country at Monard, Rathpeacon could be an option for a Cork city trade up buyer in search of more space and more affordable accommodation.

DNG Murphy Condon says the attraction of this four/five bed bungalow is that it offers scenic rural views, tranquillity and space within a five minute drive from Blackpool Shopping Centre.

Open to offers of in excess of €320,000, the property was built in the 1970s but has been extended and upgraded since then. Auctioneer Kate Kearney says the elongated 1,760 sq bungalow would suit someone looking for a granny flat or separate space for teenage or grown up children and could be turned into two self contained units.

Accommodation includes a timber floored lounge, a kitchen dining room and a small timber floored room which can be either a fifth bedroom or a study.

There’s also a guest WC, a utility room, a bathroom and a separate shower room. The bungalow has four timber floored double bedrooms, three at the front and one at the back. The two largest bedrooms are in the extension and have both walk in wardrobes and en suite bathrooms.

Out front there’s parking and an enclosed lawn, and at the rear, a large garden with a few apple trees, patio and hedging.

Verdict: Affordable, green surroundings.

Size: 163 sq m (1,760sq ft)

Bathrooms: 5

Bedrooms: 4/5


Crossbarry, Co Cork €355,000

The attractions of 50 Cluain na Croise in Crossbarry include spacious detached accommodation and the fact that it’s within a 20-minute drive from both Ballincollig and Bishopstown.

Built in 2015 in a development of mainly detached properties with a landscaped green area in the centre, this is a four-bed house with 1,700 sq ft of space and a large south west facing back garden.

Seeking offers of €355,000, Bowe auctioneers describe this is a beautiful family home and say that the location within five kilometres of Innishannon and within easy reach of the city, is sought after by trade up buyers.

Overlooking the green area at the front is a timber floored lounge with a fireplace and, at the rear, there’s a tiled kitchen dining room with cream units and integrated appliances. There’s also a utility room, a guest WC and a timber floored family room at the rear which has a fireplace and set of double doors opening in to the back garden.

Upstairs there’s a bathroom and four bedrooms including a master bedroom with an en suite and built in wardrobes.

To the front there’s a gravel driveway with ample parking space and to the rear a large lawned garden with ample space for playing.

Verdict: Attractive, modern, spacious.

Size: 158 sq m (1,700sq ft)

Bathrooms: 3

Bedrooms: 4


Glasheen, Cork city €450,000

Properties described as hideaways are most often found in remote rural locations, so this one on the Glasheen Road in the heart of Cork’s southern suburbs, is a bit unexpected.

Known as No 2 The Hideaway, it’s a five-bed detached bungalow which is located on a good sized site, in a cul de sac, off the Glasheen Road, within a five minute walk from UCC and around two kilometres from the city centre.

Built in the 1990s, the 1,840 sq ft five-bed property is one of just two properties hidden away in this private cul de sac. Seeking offers of €450,000, Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald says it’s a modern well-maintained bungalow which offers buyers good scope for expansion.

“There are two attic rooms plumbed for en suites which are ripe for conversion, all they need are windows, and the property also has a detached double garage which could be converted into additional living space.”

Because of its proximity to UCC it could suit an investor, but he believes that it could also be bought as a spacious family home.

Accommodation includes a living room with a mahogany fireplace as well as a kitchen with fitted units, a bathroom and five bedrooms including one en suite. The bungalow has an area for parking at the front and an area at the side, enclosed by a high wall, which will both need work to be turned into a garden.

Verdict: Good sized site and privacy for this part of the city.

Size: 171 sq m (1,840sq ft)

Bathrooms: 2

Bedrooms: 5


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