Trading Up

Property in Frankfield, Cork


Sq m: 167 (1,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

Broadband: Yes

There’s a very good garden site, with a southerly rear aspect and lots of privacy, at the detached four-bed family home 18 Senandale, in Cork’s Cloghroe, a 20 minute commute from the city.

And, both inside and outside, No 18 is showing well for its several decades of existence, with trimmed ivy on the back facade, and neatly kept maturing gardens with lots of shrubs and trees.

Estate agent Michael O’Donovan of Sherry FitzGerald seeks offers around €285,000 for the full two-storey detached house, with an accommodating ground level floor plan, and three/four bedrooms overhead, where one of the two single-sized bedrooms (c 10’ by 7’6”) is currently being used as a walk-in wardrobe. The master bed’s en suite can be shared with bedroom 2 as there are connecting doors to each.

There’s more choice and space downstairs, with a front reception linking to a rear dining room, there’s a separate kitchen/breakfast room/kitchen, 20’ by 11’ with cream units and a tiled floor, plus a front den and a home office to the back, off the utility.

Most of the main living spaces have wooden floors and immediately behind No 18 are several paved patio spots.

VERDICT: Smart home in a village-like enclave a short commute from Cork city.


Sq m: 138 (1,475 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

Broadband: Yes

You won’t be caught for bright, extra family living space at 188 Curragh Woods — the three-bed semi might look traditional in front, but behind it’s been extended fairly considerably. It has mono-pitch roofs going in two different directions in sections, making for quite some open and airy private space behind the more traditional front’n’back reception rooms.

It was extended back in 2008, says agent Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, who calculates that there’s now about 1,475 sq ft in the house as a result — even though it’s still only a three-bed, as the upper floor has been untouched.

No 188 Curragh Woods is in Cork’s Frankfield suburb, which puts it half a mile from the Kinsale Road roundabout, and a mile or so from Douglas via Grange in the other direction, and the airport is also easily reached.

The back garden has a favourable south-west aspect, and the extension was positioned to maximise this, while still leaving space for enough garden for lawn, patio and a large shed. There’s also off-street parking by the front lawn. There’s now a run of nearly 50’ from the window by the 15’ by 11’ front room, through the diningroom and on through the 25’ deep by 11’ wide family space.

Off to the left is the replacement kitchen with granite-topped island and white units. Lighting is lots of recessed spots, and there’s also a Velux or two. The side passage has been annexed and integrated for a utility room. In all, No 188 has a good flow of upgraded living and family space, a ground floor WC, and one of its three bedrooms is en suite, making for three bathrooms in all.

VERDICT: Space to sprawl: definitely a semi and a half.


Sq m: 257 (2,750 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: C1

Broadband: Yes

A recession-busting price, is how auctioneer Con Nagle of Global Properties describes the €399,500 guide attached to this big five-bed family home.

New to market with Global after some time with another agent, it’s been brought below the €400k mark to tempt summer viewings, and hosts open viewings this afternoon and next Saturday at 4-5pm.

The 2,750 sq ft dormer at Ballyleigh is about three miles west of Cork city, or a mile beyond O’Sheas landmark pub in Waterfall village, making it a 10 minute drive to Bishopstown and the south ring road.

Called L’Arche Wood, the 2,750 sq ft home is on a half acre of well kept and lawned grounds, with several patio areas. There are quality hardwood floors, three reception rooms, study/playroom, kitchen/diner with antique pine units, guest WC and utility. One of the five bedrooms is en suite, and overall decor levels are high, with extras, including surround sound in the main living rooms, alarm and electric access gates.

VERDICT: A big dormer home in a popular country setting, only 10 minutes from the city’s fringes, with a price drop to tempt home-hunters to come and view.

SCHULL, C0 cORK €320,000

Sq m:130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

You’re in town, but you’ve an out-of town feeling at 4, The Sextant, a niche setting of six homes in West Cork’s Schull village.

It has sold successfully a few times in the past decade or so, and now it’s priced at €320,000, via agents James Lyons O’Keeffe.

A decent-sized solid semi-d developed by Charles Fell in the 1960s, it has a long, and private, south-facing garden with Schull harbour views, and a gate at its boundary to the Pier Road. The views are over mature gardens and rooftops, a mixum gatherum of village life first, with the lure of the sea beyond.

No 4 is in pretty good order and ready to move into (although a neighbour’s house shows what can be done with imaginative extension), says Jim O’Keffe, adding that it is one of the preferred locations in Schull.

Internally, No 4 has a hall with guest WC, open tread stairs, a 22’ by 12’ sitting room with stone chimney breast for the fireplace (other heating is electric storage heating), and a kitchen/dining room with built-ins. Overhead are three bedrooms and a bathroom, and there’s access to a harbour viewing balcony off the main bedroom.

VERDICT: There’s scope to convert an accessible garage to bedroom and bathroom.


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