Trading Up


Sq m: 105 (1,130 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

The 20-year old bungalow No 5 Hillside Gardens is a comfortable-looking, walk-in job, but if you want to make a personal mark there are options to the side, and overhead.

The Innishannon home, on mature gardens within a walk of the village’s services, is an executor sale via David Busteed of Sherry FitzGerald Brennan Busteed who seeks offers around €280,000, and who says there’s an attic prime for conversion, plus an attached garage with further space options.

As it stands, there’s 1,130 sq ft at ground level, and the 46’ by 14’ attic could add another 600 sq ft or so quite readily. There’s already a Velux to the back, throwing light on how to progress and colonise this easily reached space.

No 5’s got a combined 23’ by 14’ living/dining room, front to back with fireplace, kitchen, recently upgraded main bathroom and one of its three bedrooms is en suite.

It has mains services, gas heating, and the attached garage is 19’ deep and 12’ wide, with side/gable window.

VERDICT: Future-proofed for extension options.


Sq m: 132 (1,440 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: C3

Broadband: Yes

Handy for Halloween just past, for Christmas coming as a place to host the tree, or welcome callers and carollers, the recently-added porch at 28 Kilbrody holds out the promise of a warm welcome.

New to market in the Mount Oval development in Cork’s Rochestown, No 28 is a detached four-bed family home done and kept to high standard, carrying a €365,000 AMV with Sherry FitzGerald — €1,000 for each day of the year — and it’s yours for years to come. (A scan of the property price register shows that a smaller, immaculate 1,200 sq ft three-bed semi with attic conversion which featured here in these pages in February sold in June for €285,000, after heavy viewings and demand.) Now, behind the doors of detached No 30 and its extensively glazed porch is another well-kept home.

No 30’s got a porcelain-tiled hall, with wood-floored living room to the left with bay window and gas-insert fireplace, there’s a family room, kitchen/dining rom with cherry units, plus utility and guest WC, with porcelain tiling in most of the latter spaces.

The stairwell’s off to the right hand side, with four upstairs bedrooms, one of which is en suite, plus main family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath.

VERDICT: An affordable detached buy in Mount Oval, in walk-in order.


Sq m: 140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

The location’s the star in the case of Kylemore, a five-bed semi-d in settled Richmond Estate, off Cork City’s Blackrock and Boreenmanna Roads by the African Missions.

And, the house — while needing work — isn’t bad either, but will be a whole lot better when given a deserved modernising makeover.

These Richmond houses date to the 1960s, and wear their cedar cladding sections as a badge of pride...even if every second house in the estate has its timbers in various states of care and presentation.

Kylemore, aka No 28, has recently been underpinned, with drains replaced, so the uncertainty spend factor has been taken care of, while the back garden had become so overgrown that a mini-digger was summoned to clear it out.

As it comes for sale with agent Timothy Sullivan, it’s a bit of a blank canvas, inside and out, needing an upgrade, double glazing and possible extension. It has five bedrooms, so that’s already a bit of a bonus.

At ground level, there’s an 18’ by 13’ sitting room linked to a smaller 11’ by 7’ dining room with an arch, plus a kitchen/breakfast room with guest WC off the hall.

VERDICT: Big gardens, so get dug in.

OVENS, CO CORK €330,000

Sq m: 159 (1,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Broadband: Yes

For those who don’t want a standard suburban home, the double-named home Wuthering Heights, which was also known for many years back along as Begleys’ Forge, has difference and character in spades.

The renovated two-storey farmhouse wears its age on its sleeves, in terms of exposed stone and brick walls internally, while outside it’s mostly a creamy yellow render, with a novelty apex window in one of its high gables (you can peek out of it from a mezzanine/elevated deck in one of its three first floor bedrooms.) Location is west of Cork City, at Ovens, a couple of miles from Killumney, the major employer EMC and Ballincollig. Guiding the 19th century stone dwelling on a three-quarter acre site at €330,000, auctioneer Andrea Whelan of Sherry FitzGerald started viewings this past week to couples and FTBs, and she says that the individuality and space is what’s appealing most. There’s 1,700 sq ft in all, with three reception rooms downstairs, all in a row, all full width of the house, and three overhead bedrooms, plus bathroom.

VERDICT: You know the building’s old when you can see the work or craftsmen in stone, brick and timber from a century and more ago laid bare. There’s scope for extension too.

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