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RYLANE, CO CORK €295,000

Sq m: 225 (2,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

BER rating: n/a —

Broadband: Yes

There’s room for ponies, people and pets at this Rylane home, north of Cork city, at Glounaglough North.

The large one-off, of some 2,500 sq ft on a level acre, with paddock and lawn, is rural but not remote, as there are village services a two minute drive away, says selling agent Robert O’Keeffe of Irish and European, acting jointly with Sherry FitzGerald Hinchion in Macroom: their job will be getting people to come and look, and once there, the house’s quality will aid the sale.

There’s a good mix of living and sleeping rooms, with one ground floor bedroom or optional games room, along with office, lounge with a feature wall in brick with alcoves and fireplace, separate living rom, and a 29’ by 13’ kitchen/dining room with high-end appliances, and Rangemaster stove and extract.

Decor is crisp, with some feature timbers, pine-sheeted ceilings, and wrought iron stair spindles etc among the examples of craftsmanship on display. Upstairs, one of the bedrooms is en suite, and three of the four have walk-in wardrobes. Externally, there are lawns around the house which faces a ditch of tall pine trees, there’s a paddock to the back and a big section of decking to the southeasterly side.

VERDICT: Rural, but commutable to Cork City, Ballincollig and Blarney.

GLANMIRE, CORK €260,000

Sq m: 121 (1,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

A tranquil setting, and stepped, colourful gardens of one-third of an acre, are some of the attributes of the detached bungalow Fernhill, by Cork’s Sallybrook, Glanmire.

Estate agent Michael O’Donovan of Sherry FitzGerald in Cork city centre guides the neat home, with front sun room overlooking the gardens, at €260,000.

It’s divided with living, dining and cooking space on the left of the entry hall, plus the 13’ by 12’ sun room, and its three bedrooms (one of them squeezes in an en suite bathroom) are off to the right hand side of the hall. There’s also a slender home office space beyond the rear utility, while the kitchen has a pine-clad ceiling, terracotta tiled floor and timber units. Several of the other rooms have wood floors and wood-sheeted ceilings.

Outside, the well-kept gardens are a bonus, richly planted, showing at their very best this time of the year with abundant hydrangeas, terraced beds, raised beds and stone paths, and include a glass house, storage shed, play shed painted a deep blue shade.

Location is a short spin out of Glanmire, and about a 15 minute commute to the city centre and is perfect for singles, small families, or traders down, say Sherry FitzGerald of this new-to-market offering.

VERDICT: The site may leave scope for extension, and new owners might like to add another bedroom or two, as two of the three existing ones are on the compact side.

CRATLOE, co CLARE €450,000

Sq m: 285 (3,064 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

The owners of this spacious detached property near Cratloe in East Clare, didn’t stint on creature comforts when they built it five years ago.

Architecturally designed, No 4 Glenside has over 3,000 sq ft of living space and more than half an acre of landscaped gardens. Accessed by an electric gate, it has a high spec kitchen, a room fitted out as a gym and another one as an office

Douglas Hurley of DNG O’Sullivan Hurley says the strongest selling point may well be the exclusivity of the property, which is one of six individually built architecturally designed houses in this cul de sac.

An ultra modern home it has a large oak-floored reception room, a spacious kitchen/dining room with cream-painted units, timber worktops and a redbrick island. At the rear there’s a sunroom and a utility room. The office and the gym/playroom is at the front, off a large marble tiled hallway.

The master bedroom has both a large dressing room and a large en suite. Other upstairs rooms include a bathroom and three more bedrooms including a second one with an en suite.

The gardens are landscaped with a detached garage, stone-faced to match the house.

VERDICT: A stylish and very comfortable home.

CARRIGROHANE, CO CORK €295,000

Sq m: 114 (1,225 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 2Broadband: Yes

Even the name and address sound temperate and reflective — and yes, Palm Court on Cork’s Temple Hill above Carrigrohane does have palm trees, which survived the recent chilly winters.

The quarter acre-plus site, with pleasant mature gardens, south-facing at the back, plus a screened off vegetable patch, are some of the attractions of this detached property above the Lee Valley, 10 minutes from the city — not too surprising as the owner worked for Nangles garden centre.

And, the house has all the basics, with four bedrooms, about 1,225 sq ft of space, and two reception rooms.

It’s for sale with Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, guiding€295,000, and is in very clean order, but new owners might like to update the decor and colours a bit.

Palm Court is among a row of one-offs at this end of Temple hill above Carrigrohane and also near Rocklodge Pitch and Putt Club, with amenities in nearby Blarney, Inniscarra and Ballincollig. Its back garden, with so-far immaculate lawns, is large and level, and views are superb.

VERDICT: Very good basics, and any other work needed on decor or extension will allow new occupants to put their own stamp and flavour on Palm Court.


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