Trading up




Carrigaline Road, Cork €280,000
Sq m: 93 (1,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Broadband: Yes

A big, open, safe, back garden comes with the bungalow San Marino, a three-bed on the edge of Cork’s Douglas village.

It’s within a few minutes’ walk up along Carr’s Hill/Carriglaine Road, just before the entrance and across the way from the secondary entrance to the big Maryborough Woods scheme — where the same €280,000 sum being asked here would get you a four-bed semi with around 1,300 sq ft.

By contrast, this a brick-faced, detached with c 1,000 sq ft on the market for its owner-occupier, and agent Shane Finn of DNG Creedon says he’s open to offers around the €280k mark.

He puts it within a two-minute walk of Douglas village and its services, which might be pushing it a bit for the unfit, and for the sedentary there’s teh alternative of a nice woodland walk through old Douglas woods which ends down by Dailys Shop.

Thanks to the garden size, there’s plenty of scope for extensions here in the south-facing rear.

San Marino has double glazing, cavity construction, oil central heating, three bedrooms (two are doubles), bathroom and an open plan kitchen/dining room.

VERDICT: Not too many detached houses on private sites so close to Douglas, so scope here at the right price.

Douglas, Cork €139,000

Sq m: 84 (900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 2

Broadband: Yes

Trading down, rather than trading up, interest is expected for this one-bed apartment, tweaked by its owner-occupier from a size more common among two-beds, say its selling agents.

No 7, The Mall, is in the sizeable O’Brien and O’Flynn-built Maryborough Woods development in Douglas. There’s nearly 600 homes here, of all sizes and shapes, from five-bed detached to, well, one-bed apartments like this.

On the market at €139,000 with agents Frank V Murphy & Co, No 7 punches in well above its weight, with around 900 sq ft of space on the second floor, with lift access and easy parking outside, while inside there’s now a large, quite elegant carpeted L-shaped living/dining room which opens to a south-facing balcony, and it has recessed lighting and corniced ceiling, fireplace (there’s gas central heating) and painted alcove units and rad cover.

There’s an oak-floored hall, good and extensively tiled four piece main bathroom with corner shower, and the sole bedroom has its own en suite. The kitchen/breakfast area is similarly well-finished, with gloss units, oak floor and has a small circular sink, recessed lighting and coved ceiling.

NOTE: The price quoted on 2 Willow Mews, Ballinlough Road here last week was incorrect. It’s guided at €245k, under offer at €230k with Frank V Murphy & Co.

Newtown, Waterford city €290,000

Sq m: 172 (1,850 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

Broadband: Yes

Fully refurbished, with a new kitchen extension and yet all done without destroying its period feel, is this Waterford city, Newtown red-brick semi-d.

Now priced at €290,000 by agents O’Shea O’Toole, No 27 Newtown Road is a quality home with lots of period trimmings, as well as modern feel-comfy factors.

The rear’s now home to a new kitchen with limed oak units and a beamed ceiling, and it all overlooks a secure, pleasant back garden which can be accessed from the street by a side entrance.

Rooms internally include a front 13’ by 11’ living room with square bay window, linked by an arch to a study, and further behind and to the right there’s a dining room, en route to the kitchen, yet further on. There’s also a back hall, with guest WC, and the house has kept a number of original features, including some of the sliding sash windows (though not in front) and main rooms have high ceilings.

One of No 27’s four bedrooms is on the first floor return, the main first floor is home to two more bedrooms (all with fireplaces) and a bathroom, and the top floor’s home to a fourth bedroom.

VERDICT: Easy period home in Newtown, near school, Peoples Park, etc.

Millstreet, Cork €400,000

Sq m: 93 (1,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Best feature: Income

There’s energy galore at this Curragh, Millstreet home and 43-acre farm up for sale with agent Catherine Pomeroy. A powerful waterfall called Commenatrush feeds a local lake, where a rare canoe was uncovered after 1,600 years buried, while up on the hills, there’s an Airtricity windfarm providing 60 megawatts of power, enough for 40,000 Irish homes.

And, the good news for the farm’s buyer, is that the windfarm gives an annual income of €7,000 to the land’s owner, in return for its long lease.

Millstreet auctioneer Catherine Pomeroy waxes lyrical about the sheer natural beauty of the setting, while the €7k a year income will be music to new owners ears and bank balances.

The three-bed house is renovated, and comes with 43 acres up to the lake, barn, piggery and outbuildings, plus a sixteenth share of 575 acres of commonage, home to the windfarm, where every turn of a turbine is cash in the bank.

VERDICT: Of interest to farmers and lifestyle relocators.


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