Trading Up




CARRIGROHANE, CORK €455,000

Sq m: 250 (2,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER Rating: C1

Whenever the sun shines, Moyne House and grounds gets a blast of it, inside and out, says its selling agent Frank Walsh.

The big (2,400 sq ft) dormer home is on a half acre, and the auctioneer peppers his description with the words ’sunny’, bright’ and ‘spacious.’ It also comes with a glasshouse, tumbling waterfall garden feature, and a veg plot.

Moyne’s location is at Clash Cross, near Carrigrohane and off the Model Farm Road, and the house’s site is one of a half dozen or so off the road past St Oliver’s cemetery; it faces south over farmland and is quiet and private, adds the Property Partners O’Mahony Walsh auctioneer.

He guides Moyne House at €455,000, and says with that there’s a real sense of space, with rooms including two reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, a 20’ by 13’ sunroom across the dormer’s wide front bay with pitched and pine-clad roof, and the ground floor has a large en suite with double shower, while overhead are four more bedrooms, plus a family bathroom with a jacuzzi bath.

Mr Walsh rightly describes the condition as immaculate, and that covers the half acre outside, with its patios, lawns, landscaping and features. It’s a spot to linger in, and when showers cloud over the sun, the glasshouse is the fall-back position whence to enjoy it all.

VERDICT: A big-sized box-ticker for families on the move.

DUNKETTLE, CORK €395,000

Sq m: 240 (2,600 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: B2

Bathrooms: 3

It’s only just been built and finished off, but already there’s a bit of internal character to this five-bed detached dormer home in Cork’s Dunkettle, thanks in part to red walls in a kitchen section, and by the living room’s chimney breast.

Just a few miles east of the city, near Glanmire and to key road networks, this 2,600 sq ft Richmond home has an asking price of €395,000 via agent Don Murphy of DNG Murphy Creedon. It’s on a half an acre, recently graveled and lawned, just waiting for grass growth to kick off to really bed it down, and the shed is already built in block to store garden accoutrements.

It is fully finished and painted but not furnished or yet lived in, and is a mile from Glanmire, with good trading-up demand locally. This one-off, with gable projections front and back for a Z-shape, has a 22’ by 22’ kitchen/dining room with island, skylight and patio access, large living room, up to three ground floor bedrooms with one en suite, and overhead are two more bedrooms, a shower room, and an attic room.

VERDICT: Brand new and fresh, with a solid B2 rating, on a half acre in a handy setting close to the city. Trading up.

BLARNEY, CORK €575,000

Sq m: 280 (3,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER Rating: C2

Just outside Blarney village, and with a whopping 900 sq ft ‘great room’ mix of kitchen/entertainment/dining space is Fatima — a former guesthouse, but just as able to accommodate a large family, in style.

The extended bungalow is on a sloping site of half an acre on the edge of the famous village, with great woodland views out from all of its main rooms.

It’s for sale with Andrew O’Donoghue of Casey and Kingston, who says it’s magnificent, with features like a wall of glass by that great room (which has underfloor heating) with deck access.

From that great room, with wood and river valley views, it’s also got a study, three of its five bedrooms have en suites, and there’s a solid fuel stove in the curved entry hall, with overall zoned gas-fired central heating.

The kitchen units are in beech, with granite tops and there’s a range stove for serious cooks, ceiling heights are lofty, with pine panelling, and the entertainment area is to the side, with fireplace. Externally, Fatima’s got a good aspect and views, landscaped grounds with swathes of decking and sun-traps, as well as good parking. Location is off the Waterloo Road.

VERDICT: Great spacious home on a half acre, a short commute from Cork City.

SKIBBEREEN, WEST CORK €195,000

Sq m: 130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

BER rating: D2

Bathrooms: 2

Nice grounds of about half an acre come with this L-shaped bungalow at Poundlick, a mile or so from West Cork’s market town of Skibbereen.

And, with a €195,000 price quoted by agent John Hodnett of Hodnett Forde, it’s got a cross-sectional buying appeal from relocaters to traders-up, as well as to traders down, and is affordable for first-time buyers too, especially those who want future add-on potential on their grounds.

As it stands, this Poundlick townland offering in Skibbereen has about 1,400 sq ft, all on one level, with a good patio section, several sheds (one is plumbed, and effectively a utility room) and brick barbecue, and the location good, off the Skibbereen-Baltimore Road.

In very good overall condition, this bungalow has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two reception rooms and a kitchen/dining room.

According to Mr Hodnett, the garden’s maturity makes it ideal for the green-fingered, with a host of different plants and shrubs ideal for all those budding gardeners. “It’s an ideal starter home or a tempting investment for those having future plans, looking to relocate near the busy market town of Skibbereen,” he says.

VERDICT: On the coastal side of Skibbereen, with the appeal of Baltimore and the islands out the road.


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