Trading up




We scan a selection of trading up homes from around the country

Skibbereen, West Cork €250,000

Sq m: 280 (3,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
BER Rating: F

When built in the 1930s, this was a ‘money no object’ home for a local spirit merchant family; next it became a Church of Ireland rectory, and more latterly it has been used as offices for Cork County Council.

Now, this two-storey house with lots of bay windows and quality internal finishes looks like going back to its roots, as a private domestic residence.

Called The Old Rectory, the 3,000 sq ft house is on a prominent, elevated setting, just overloooking the town’s approach roundabout, on a handy acre of ground.

Auctioneer Charles P McCarthy guides it at €250,000, expecting both private and commercial inquiries, and already he has it under offer at his asking price of €250,000, with house hunters to the fore so far.

It was built by the Daly family, who owned the town’s Wine Vaults among other business interests, and was considered a forward-looking design and build when created in the impoverished 1930s. It has a paddock, secure wall boundaries and views of the Showgrounds and countryside to the north. There are three reception rooms, conservatory, links to outbuildings and stores with further scope, and overhead are four bedrooms, while the two bathrooms have old, cast iron baths.

VERDICT: Built to last.

Douglas, Cork €260,000

Sq m: 115 (1,245 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
BER Rating: C2

In most markets, No 74 Yewlands would be the sort of home many house hunters trading up might aspire to — but right now, most viewing interest is coming from first time buyers. So notes Jeremy Murphy, the selling agent for this four-bed end-terrace home, in a popular Maryborough Hill estate, on landscaped grounds — and in smart internal order.

With a useful 1,245 sq ft of space in a modern home, with a C2 BER rating to boot, it’s for sale with Jeremy Murphy Associates, who seek offers around €260,000 and who say it’s going down very well on early viewings.

It’s of a size that will suit most families, and for buyers starting out for a first home and with good salaries, well, it could be a home for the very long-term, adds Mr Murphy. A key attraction is the tiered back garden (there’s side access), professionally laid out, with railway sleeper divides and zig-zag brick paved paths

No 74 Yewlands, in the O’Brien and O’Flynn-built Maryborough Woods scheme, has a front 19’ by 11’ living room with large cast iron fireplace, smaller separate lounge behind with garden access via French doors, a kitchen/dining room with double aspect, plus a utility and a guest WC.

Upstairs, one of its four bedrooms is en suite, and heating is via gas.

VERDICT: Yewlands is a popular modern development with strong re-sales, and buyers today get a lot more home for their money.

Ballinhassig, Cork €295,000

Sq m: 205 (2,200 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
BER rating: C3

Despite the address, this Fivemilebridge extended home is about seven miles from Cork city centre, reckons its selling agent, who has this spring/summer market arrival under offers within a few weeks of going up for viewings.

Five Mile, as it’s colloquially known, is a handy Adamstown, Ballinhassig address just south of Cork city and airport, giving it very easy access also to Kinsale, Carrigaline, the sea and to routes to West Cork as well.

Originally built in the 1970s, it was taken in hand in the early 2000s and significantly altered, extended and upgraded, says John Barry of Frank V Murphy & Co auctioneers. Indicating the level of improvements, it has a C3 BER rating, not bad for 1973 roots.

It’s a south-facing five-bed detached, with two-storey extension onto an original bungalow, has two en suite bedrooms and two other bathrooms, and most of the rooms have a good bright rural aspect and views.

Other living rooms include a living room, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, double height entry hall, and a utility room.

Features include a kitchen with oak units and granite tops, sun room, and a site of one-third of an acre.

VERDICT: Already under offer.

Bishopstown, Cork €245,000

Sq m: Sq m 78 (825 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
BER Rating: G

Neat as a pin, a clean buy on a great site with scope to extend and modernise — that’s 85, Uam Var Avenue off the Curraheen Road in Cork’s Bishopstown.

House proud owners of this detached, modest-sized bungalow have been in situ since the 1970s, and it’s prime now for new occupation, say agents Cohalan Downing, as well as noting that it is eminently extendable into the large, rear west-facing back garden.

It’s near CIT and the CUH, the greyhound track and lands bought by UCC while St Patrick’s Hospital/Marymount Hospice out across the city’s ring road/bypass is a new arrival; now, the Lavanagh Centre/Enable Ireland has also bought former sports grounds from the ESB’s social club for their own future development/relocation from Ballintemple — so the western suburbs are awake.

No 85 has had gas central heating fitted, it has been rewired, the kitchen’s fresh, and with 825 sq ft in all this bungalow manages to fit in two reception rooms with open fireplaces, three bedrooms (two doubles and a single) and family bathroom. There’s also an adjacent garage.

VERDICT: Many Uam Var homes such as this have zoomed up the style stakes, and No 85 has a perfect size and positioned site, to grow now, or extend onto in a few more years.


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