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Ardmore, Waterford €275,000

Sq m: 75 (810 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

BER Rating: D2

Beach views and well laid out gardens with a mini round tower are just some of the attractive extras offered at Gleanncarraig near Ardmore in West Waterford.

The gardens of this nicely upgraded three bed bungalow have been decorated by the owner, a tenth generation stone mason who has created a 9’ high replica of Ardmore’s round tower in the grounds and added other stone features, including an urn.

Guiding at €275,000 the three bed property has over 800 sq ft of living accommodation and over an acre of gardens. Built in the 1930s, it’s been modernised with oil fired central heating and double-glazed windows.

Accommodation includes a kitchen, with modern units and granite worktops, which opens out on to a sunroom.

There’s also a carpeted sitting room, two double bedrooms, one single and an upgraded bathroom

Sherry FitzGerald Hennessy say the views of Curragh beach and the mature gardens are strong selling points. It has lots to attract a holiday home buyer, but it could also appeal to someone looking for a coastal or retirement property.

VERDICT: A very attractive home by the sea. Keen gardeners will love the grounds and the miniature round tour built by a stonemason makes a very distinctive and attractive feature.

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Glanmire, Cork €330,000

Sq m: 175 (1,873sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER rating: C1

The beauty of the wooded valley that is Glanmire is at its finest in midsummer. Tall trees in full finery line the Glashaboy estuary and offers homeward bound commuters a sense of calm — and escape too.

On offer this week through local agent, Don Murphy of DNG Murphy Condon is No 8 Glean Caoin, a five-bed, detached home that’s ideal for families looking for more space.

With good schools and amenities close by, this is a beautifully finished, split-level home in one of Glanmire’s more prestigious addresses, according to the agent. Approximately 10 years old, it’s in “turn key” condition, he says, and comes with a lounge, dining room, kitchen/dining room; family room and utility. The upper level has a master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe and it shares the floor with a second bedroom and shower room.

The ground floor has two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and main bathroom.

VERDICT: No 8 offers the space that growing families need in a great location with an east/west aspect.

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Dublin Pike, Cork €450,000

Sq m: 176 (1900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: C2

Gardens to plant or admire may be the biggest attraction of Crininish, a detached, two-storey property at Dublin Pike, two miles from Cork city centre.

The ivy-covered house is distinctive and attractive, with 1,900 sq ft of well-maintained space, but Timothy Sullivan auctioneers expect the viewers to come because of the site. ” It’s rare to find a house on the edge of the city with one and three quarters of an acre of gardens,’’ says Mr Sullivan. Built in the 1960s, Crininish has a triangular-shaped section at the front that distinguishes it from the typical, rectangular house. Priced at €450,000, it’s been upgraded over the years, has a modern kitchen and bathroom, and is in excellent condition. Downstairs, there’s a large sitting room with a marble fireplace and an archway leading to a dining room. Also at ground level, there’s a TV room, a utility room and a kitchen/breakfast room with cream units and granite worktops. Upstairs, the house has a bathroom and four bedrooms, including one en-suite.

The gardens are well laid-out with lawns, trees, flowers, a rockery, a patio and a vegetable patch. A short distance from the house is a 570 sq ft garage/store room.

VERDICT: A spacious, comfortable family home, with beautiful gardens that seem too nice to build upon.

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Lehenaghmore, Cork €285,000

Sq m: 126 (1,350 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: C2

A good-sized, detached family home with a new, reduced price of €285,000, is number 15, Brook Lane, Lehenaghmore, in Cork.

Built in 2005, it’s one of a number of detached houses in a small, mixed development in a cul de sac. Selling agents, Casey & Kingson, say it’s meticulously maintained and decorated to a high standard. “This is a comfortable property, with 1,350 sq ft of space and panoramic views over the city,’’ says auctioneer, Conor Smith.

The living room, at the front, has views of the city, a mahogany fireplace and laminate flooring, while the lounge, at the rear, has semi-solid beech flooring. Also at this level is a kitchen, with fitted units and appliances, as well as a utility room and a study.

Upstairs, there’s a bathroom and four bedrooms, including one with an en-suite. The house has zoned, gas heating and a C2 energy rating.

Set on a well-maintained, mature site, it has a driveway, at the front, with space for two cars and a long, stepped lawn at the rear with a timber shed.

Located three miles from Cork city centre, the property is within a short drive of Wilton. It originally came on the market two months ago, with a price of €325,000.

VERDICT: A fine family home, offering comfort and space.

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Glanmire, Cork €330,000

Sq m: 175 (1,873sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER rating: C1

The beauty of the wooded valley that is Glanmire is at its finest in midsummer. Tall trees in full finery line the Glashaboy estuary and offers homeward bound commuters a sense of calm — and escape too.

On offer this week through local agent, Don Murphy of DNG Murphy Condon is No 8 Glean Caoin, a five-bed, detached home that’s ideal for families looking for more space.

With good schools and amenities close by, this is a beautifully finished, split-level home in one of Glanmire’s more prestigious addresses, according to the agent. Approximately 10 years old, it’s in “turn key” condition, he says, and comes with a lounge, dining room, kitchen/dining room; family room and utility. The upper level has a master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe and it shares the floor with a second bedroom and shower room.

The ground floor has two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and main bathroom.

VERDICT: No 8 offers the space that growing families need in a great location with an east/west aspect.


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