Trading Up

TRALEE, CO KERRY €340,000

Sq m: 196 (2,100 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

A four-bed detached family home, in what’s reckoned to be one of Tralee town’s best residential locations, has a €340,000 asking price with agent Paul Stephenson of Sherry FitzGerald Stephenson Crean.

He says No 3, Benoskee in Ballyard is favourably set, by a green area in a cul de sac, within an easy walk of the town, with walled-in gardens.

And, punching in at 2,100 sq ft, there’s plenty of space inside as well, he adds noting “it was designed around today’s family lifestyle specifications.”

It has got a living room, with white marble fireplace, family room/play room also with a fireplace, large kitchen/diner, with a tiled floor and Shaker Maple units, and there’s garden access from here via sliding doors.

The double-fronted house with wide and part-brick facade also has a decent utility room, and a guest WC at ground level.

Overhead, the master bed is en suite, with a walk-in wardrobe, there’s a second en suite shared between two of the other three bedrooms, bed four also has a walk-in wardrobe, and the main family bathroom has a corner bath.

Outside, the front drive is paved, and there are front and back lawns, with the rear garden starting to show maturity in its split-level landscaping.

VERDICT: A good ‘un

MACROOM, CO CORK €220,000

Sq m: 185 (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

Reckoned to date back to the 1640s, and likely to have been a chapel for a large estate, this Macroom home has character in abundance — and a lot more rooms than you’d think.

Bought in the late 1990s, and renovated and extended in 2000 with a new back wing and a raised roof and gables on the original portion, it’s now a surprising five bed/four en suite 2,000 sq ft home on 1.3 acres three miles from the town, or half an hour from Cork city. There’s already second viewings lined up, says auctioneer Killian Lynch who guides it at €220,000, and who adds that it is striking the right chord with those who visit. Scene-setter is the large, 25’ by 18’ open and high-ceilinged living room, overlooked by a mezzanine or gallery, and this room has exposed stone walls throughout, while the rest of the house has higher insulation values.

There’s a solid fuel stove to get the heat pumping here, as well as oil central heating, and as Mr Lynch points out “you could insulate the stone walls, it would be easy to do, but hard later to undo” — so you make a choice and get on with it. Elsewhere, there’s a dining room, kitchen with beech units, ground floor en suite bedroom, and four overhead bedrooms, three en suites and a main bathroom.

VERDICT: Huge renovation work done, and character kept.

MODEL FARM ROAD CORK €235,000

Sq m: 130 (1,400 as ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

Families with children coming up to college age could well be interested in 21 Kenley Close, a late 1980s-built home near the CIT campus in Cork city’s western suburbs off the Model Farm Road.

Close too to the CUH and County Hall, and employers like Boston Scientific, there’s great sports amenities and walks to hand, plus schools aplenty — and there’s a good deal of living space in 21 itself.

Selling agent John Barry of Keane Mahony Smith guides the well-kept, brick-faced home with a sizeable enough floor plan at €235,000, which he says is very good value in the current market for this location.

The garden has a good south-west aspect behind, there’s off-street parking in front, with a large kitchen/dining room, a 15’ by 12’ sitting room, guest WC and a 12’ square dining room or bed five, and one of the first floor’s four bedrooms is en suite, with a main bathroom for the others to share.

There’s around 1,400 sq ft of space in all, not bad for a suburban semi-detached home.

VERDICT: Investors would have swamped a place like this in years gone by with its good bedrooms tally, now families are likely to take up the running.

BISHOPSTOWN, CORK €265,000

Sq m: 117 (1,250 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: Pending —

Broadband: Yes

All recently upgraded, with new central heating, double glazing and underpinning/drains work done is the three-bed Bishopstown, Cork home Dunkereen.

The good-sized mid-1900s semi-d is on the main Bishopstown road, close to the south link, and is new to market with Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald who guides it at €265,000.

It’s in walk-in condition, he notes, but a new owner might want to update the decor a bit, and/or consider an extension to the back and/or side, perhaps integrating the garage’s footprint.

The good news is that the significant spends often facing houses of this vintage has been expended.

The layout is traditional enough for the era, with front and back reception rooms, with the back dining space linked to the kitchen, which has modern units in situ, as well as a utility room off it, linking on again to an attached garage. There’s a ground floor guest WC, and overhead a main family bathroom, and three bedrooms, two of them doubles, with built-ins.

Dunkereen has plenty of off-street parking in front, and a long grassed back garden, with greenhouse.

VERDICT: The south ring road puts this house on an easy-to-reach map, and Bishopstown’s services are nearby.

WATERFALL, CORK €450,000

Sq m: 260 (2,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

A good, decent, block of a two-story house built 14 years ago on a one-acre site a couple of miles from Cork’s Bishopstown has a €450,000 asking price, via agent Stephen O’Donoghue, of REA O’Donoghue Clarke

It runs to 2,800 sq ft of living space, with four first-floor bedrooms, and the option of a fifth ground-floor bedroom or playroom, next to a shower room.

It’s a spring/summer market arrival, at Ballyleigh, Waterfall, a popular location for families trading up on Cork city’s western reaches. There’s a detached garage to the rear of this sizeable family home, and internally its main space is a 25’ by 15’ kitchen/living room with sun room off. Kitchen units are painted, with timber tops. and the floor’s slate. There are two other well-sized living rooms, each with bay windows, plus utility, and playroom or bed five.

Upstairs, one of the four first-floor bedrooms is en suite, and the main bathroom has an oversize shower cubicle. There’s an alarm, oil heating, and services are local to the site, so while the waste tank may need inspections, the bored well means water is free.

VERDICT: Nice rural views and setting on a level site, a couple of miles from Bishopstown.

Picture: Property in Tralee


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