Trading Up


Sq m: 91 (990 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2/3

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: —

A number of new houses are left to sell in Cork City’s Boreenmanna Rd development called Belfield Abbey, but one of the first resales of a privately-owned home has come along already.

And it’s a rare house type for this O’Flynn Construction scheme of 67 homes on 4.8 acres within a short walk of the city centre: No 15 is a two/three-bed dormer bungalow, and only two or three have been built, as the scheme is mostly three-storey townhouses.

When launched in 2007, they were pitched at traders-down at a hefty €450,000, and a new bungalow which had a significantly revised €260,000 asking price has recently gone sale agreed.

No 15 Belfield Abbey is well-furnished, is ready to move into, and has a sun-trap garden section with patio and old stone walls (it has two side gardens). It is now for sale via Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, seeking €260,000. It has two upper level bedrooms and a main bathroom, a ground floor study or bedroom 3 and bathroom, with an L-shaped linked living room stretching to a 19’ by 9’ kitchen/dining room, with cream units and granite tops.

VERDICT: Great location.


Sq m:102 (1,100 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

BER rating: F

There are gardens galore with corner-set Glenheather, or No 1 St Anne’s Drive, a pleasantly-facaded family home up above Cork’s Montenotte suburb by Gardiner’s Hill.

New to market, it’s a three-bed semi set to be a home for life for a new generation of occupants, with a great location, sunny aspect, and prime for rear and side extensions as well if needs be.

Agent Timothy Sullivan seeks €240,000 for No 1 in the very popular Montenotte address, right by the post office, and thanks to its corner site it has got an extra bit of width on its long site, as well as an attached garage and small outhouse.

It’s likely to date to the 1930s or thereabouts, with a part red-brick front facade, all nice and mellow and warm to the eye, with an arch to the sheltered front door, with quality varnished hardwood door and glazed side panels. There’s a bay window not only to the front of the house, but also to the back, on both levels.

There’s terrazzo flooring in the porch, and in the hall, a sample of the older style features which have been nicely preserved and polished here down the years.

Both the sitting room and dining room behind have bay windows, the latter also has an old tiled fireplace and the kitchen’s also behind, about 11’ by 9’and it opens to an older style lean-to sun room.



Sq m: 130 (1,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2


What was bought 10 years ago at this Goleen farmhouse cluster, with land, views and its own lake, isn’t what’s being sold today — it’s miles better.

Set out at Lacakavaune, overlooking the glory of Dunmanus bay near Goleen and beaches such as Barleycove, it’s on a hillside aerie that prompts agent James Lyons O’Keeffe in Schull to say “there’s something of the eagle to it, it’s all-seeing”.

The vendor did, indeed, have vision. And, not content with extending and improving, she also worked wonders in the two acres of gardens, which include a small lake, or a big pond.

Asking price for the beguiling mix is €210,000, for a brightened-up home with exposed natural materials such as stone and timbers. There’s an upscale bathroom with feature glass blocks and mosaic work, sophisticated shower, and reception rooms upstairs and down, with exposed beams.

There are two bedrooms, each with a separate stairs, and watch-out points include the bright gable end extension, with an end wall that’s mostly windows.

There are also two outhouses and a further stone building, whitewashed to continue the Greek island look. Gardens and meadow are, however, distinctly Irish.

VERDICT: A sunny day here will leave you smitten.


Sq m: 158 (1,670 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER rating: D1

Homes on and off the Ballinlough Road in Cork city have been coming to market with increasing regularity, down to simple things like the age of the estates and their demographics.

And, given the sheer handiness of the location, they are selling with the same regularity, even though many now need lots of extra spending as they’re dated (about 50 or 60 years old) and pretty basic.

One that bucks that trend is the already extended semi, No 14 Douglas Drive, a very quiet location off the already quiet Pic du Jer block. And, not only is it extended to the back and side, and up into the attic, but it has also had its drains replaced and its insulation levels upped. So, the dreaded disruption work most buyers have to face here locally is, in fact, already dealt with.

As a result, No 14 has an asking price of €275,000 with agent Tom Woodward, who says it’s not deterring viewings, but he’s waiting for first offers.

It’s now got a 25’ long kitchen/dining room to the house’s side, with rear sun room also an extension off a reception room, and that sun room opens to a patio and back garden, with two sheds and some raised decking.

There’s also a utility, guest WC, and upstairs are three bedrooms, and an attic level study, with Velux.

VERDICT: Work’s been done


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