Ardrostig, Cork €495,000

This house called Hillcrest, near Dunnes’ Bishopscourt in Cork’s was only built in the 1980s, so shouldn’t need any huge sums spent on it - it just needs discretionary modernising in its decor and some contemporary updates.

Detached with four bedrooms on a great Ardrostig/Waterfall site of 0.85 of an acre, it’s guided at €495,000 by selling agent Jackie Cohalan of Cohalan Downing; she stresses its sheer convenience of address, just off the ring road and the start of the Bandon road: it’s effectively a country property in an edge-of-suburbs setting, where your local shop is a massive Dunnes Stores.

A recent sale of an older house close-by saw a different agent (Jeremy Murphy) get €370,000 for Mount Ibane, on 0.75 acre, having guided at €400k.

In contrast, Hillcrest is more private, and more modern, with one en suite bedroom among its four upstairs bedrooms, and has a large 24’ by 12’ living/dining room, kitchen, TV room, 17’ by 14’ games room to the side, and a utility with guest WC, which has a shower.

The 2,500 sq ft house’s position on its mature, tree-screened site makes it very amenable to extensions to the back and sides, and it has a detached garage, and oil heating.

VERDICT: Good basic bones to work with and around, on a fine-sized site on the western city fringes. It could morph into something quite different.


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