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COBH, CO CORK €300,000

Sq m: 140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER Rating: C2

Broadband: Yes

Some better-off first-time buyers are among the early viewers of Tilia, a stone-faced, quality dormer home looking over Fota, the estuary, and Cork harbour countryside — despite an asking price of €300,000.

Not yet ten years old, but looking like a cottage conversion from its front facade, Tilia is on a level site of a half acre at Ballard on Great Island and has interiors done in suitably settled, classical style, lots of drapes and with a twist of modernity too.

Selling agent is Johanna Murphy, and fairly surprisingly she says she has FTB interest in this, and a few other Cobh properties in the €300-350,000 price league.

Features include solid wood floors, doors with stained glass panels, quality tiling in bathrooms (plus a slipper-shape bath), and the main reception rooms all have patio doors for garden access, and lots of light.

The 20’ by 14’ dining room is a busy spot, with three sets of double doors, there are two other reception rooms, a kitchen in country style with lots of pine units, island, Belfast sink and granite tops, utility, and ground floor bedroom with guest WC.

Overhead, one of the upper two bedrooms is en suite, with large bathroom, and dressing room.

VERDICT: Tilia’s ready for road.

WEST CORK €370,000

Sq m: 70 (750 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Best Feature: Last cliff edge of Europe

Billed by its selling agent as the very last house in Europe (or the very first if you’re crossing the Atlantic) this Caher, Mizen Head home has seen it all in its day — including one of Ireland’s biggest and most botched drugs finds.

On a fine day, this farm home looks out over water to Three Castles Head a few miles out of Goleen, but in 2007, it saw huge security activity after €440 million worth of bagged and baled cocaine was washed up along on its boundaries.

It’s all quiet once again here by Dunlough bay’s shores (save for the wind and weather), but that tranquillity is about to be stirred as this do-er upper at the southern end of the country, and the western extremity of Europe, comes up for sale, on 67 acres.

Auctioneer Stephen O’Keeffe of Schull-based James Lyons O’Keeffe guides the low-slung old stone farmhouse, its 67 acres plus a one-ninth share of commonage at €370,000, and says it and its old stone buildings could make for a spectacular project. He predicts interest from far-flung corners, including the UK and Germany.

VERDICT: As the Carlsberg ad claims, it’s ‘probably’ the last house in Europe, next stop America.

BISHOPSTOWN, CORK €310,000

Sq m: 140 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: F

Broadband: Yes

Good bones and a west-facing back garden are features of No 9, Allendale Avenue, tucked away in a cul de sac running parallel to the Melbourn Road in Cork City’s Bishopstown.

No 9’s a four-bed semi-d, nicely kept but old-style, in this handy setting, near to CUH, the CIT and a host of sports amenities, as well as to employment centres at the Model Farm Road and Curraheen Road. There’s also a clutch of good schools in the vicinity

A left-hand side semi-d, with three reception rooms and four bedrooms all within its 1,400 sq ft, it’s got location, aspect and a main, dual-aspect linked living/dining room all in its favour, allied to a €310,000 price, via agent Johnny O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald.

There’s a screening patio with sliding door, carpeted hall, twin, front-to-back connecting carpeted reception rooms, making for a 26’ by 13’ space in all.

The kitchen’s across the back and is simple and relatively unchanged for years past, with older style formica units, while the front left is home to a family/TV room, measuring 16’ by 8’.

Upstairs, two of the four bedrooms are good doubles, and the main family bathroom has a shower. Heating is oil-fired.

VERDICT: Good location, gardens front and back, and a canvas for a new owner to upgrade and modernise.

CARRIGROHANE, CORK €295,000

Sq m: 93 (1,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: D2

Broadband: Yes

Calling all property sleepers — a riverside home with a railway link of yore, and a 15 minute trip from Cork city, is up for sale, likely to be a whistlestop period only on themarket.

On the Shournagh line of the old Cork Muskerry light rail, this 1980s-built bungalow is on a handy, 1.75 acre site, and is guided at €295,000 by agent Jarlath Boyd of Timothy Sullivan Associates.

The setting is wooded, in a valley at Healys Bridge, below Kerry Pike and just north of Carrigrohane, heading toward Muskerry and Blarney directions west of the city.

It’s been built on the site of a former rail cottage, notes Mr Boyd, and the line serving out as far as Coachford functioned from 1887 to 1934: a number of original buildings remain along its route.

The agent bills the place as very special, and as it’s built a bit higher than the Shournagh river banks, (it’s a tributary of the Lee), it hasn’t been hit by river floods.

Rooms include two reception rooms, kitchen, ground floor bedroom and shower room (wheelchair accessible) and two overhead bedrooms plus second bathroom.

VERDICT: Make tracks to view, and bring a rod for an angler’s rest.


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