Trading Up




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

Corofin, Co Clare €165,000

Sq m: 120 (1,285 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
BER rating: G

Fancy a farmhouse and studio at Co Clare’s Corofin? Go on, go on, go on.

Get used to the Fr Ted and Mrs Doyle jokes, if Poll na Lobhar, at Kilnaboy catches your eye — it’s the second next-door house to the real dwelling used for outside shots in that madcap TV series.

Go on, you can hear the plaintive theme music in your head already, can’t you?

The real Fr Ted house serves afternoon tea to visitors, and features on a number of Burren tours, so perhaps the buyers of Poll na Lobhar can find their own niche and lure to visitors, but as it stands it’s a fine restored farmhouse with four bedrooms, plus studio, old dairy sheds, haybarn, garage and natural grounds.

To cap it all, it’s against a backdrop of Mullaghmore and the Burren National Park.

Selling agent Danielle Kavanagh of Sherry FitzGerald McMahon describes the package as ‘quaint,’ and seeks offers around €165,000.

The house’s interior is modernised, but with a feature wood-burning stove in the 14' by 12' living room’s open stone hearth, and this room has Mullaghmore views.

VERDICT: Go on, go on, go on — get on with it.

Ballintemple, Cork€295,000

Sq m:102 (1,100 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
BER rating: G

It’s not just the super gardens, but the setting too of Clifden, Avondale sets it somewhat apart.

This three-bed detached home is on gardens that seem to have been cherished and relished and minded.

Location is at the uppermost end of the cul-de sac Ballintemple estate called Avondale, off Temple Hill/Churchyard Lane, it puts it within a couple of minutes walk of Ballintemple’s shop and services, all quietly off the beaten track - unless the Boss, Springsteen or his ilk are gigging down the hill at Páirc Ui Chaoimh.

Clifden’s on a great Avondale site, with front, back and large side gardens, currently full of seasonal blossom and maturity and bird song, and is now for sale, via Timothy Sullivan auctioneers, for not quite a song, but guiding €295,000.

It’s west-facing, with an attached garage adding about 170 sq ft of conversion space to the existing 1,100 sq ft, and right now has a 14’ by 11’ sitting room, with a more open plan kitchen/breakfast room in an L-shape thanks to rear extension, and that room’s max measurement is 19’ by 19’.

VERDICT: Garden space and charm in a quiet south side suburb.

Douglas, Cork €660,000

Sq m: 257 (2,750 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
BER rating: C3

The detached five-bed house Holderness, on a half acre site just by the Douglas Fingerpost, is a new-to-market offer for those looking for space inside and out, in a great location.

It’s at the start of the Rochestown Road, on the left facing some of the city’s most expensive homes, selling down the years from €1.5m to €4m.

Holderness itself most likely dates back to the 1970s or early 1980s, and was built in then-pioneering timber-frame construction by Noel Parkes who went on to forge a name for himself and the method.

Perhaps because of it, Holderness has scored itself a C3 BER, despite having single glazing.

It last sold back in 2002, for €760,000, for part-speculative purposes and has been rented, now Malcolm Tyrrell and Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing seek offers around €660,000, billing it as a fresh purchase opportunity.

It needs updating and a bit of more modern style put on it, but has a good floor plan with decent 24’ by 14’ main reception room with double aspect, plus three other reception rooms, and a decent-sized en suite master bedroom above, with dressing room.

VERDICT: Half acre? Douglas? Worth freshening up.

Ovens, Cork €320,000

Sq m: 154 (1,675 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
BER rating: B3

All good to go, and going on public open view this coming Wednesday is the former showhouse at Cork’s Lisheen Fields, where seven other new-builds have recently gone sale-agreed, with agents O’Mahony Walsh.

They’ve been busy selling the two-storey, 1,775 sq ft houses mostly in this O’Callaghan Properties scheme, to a range of buyers, but No 42 is from the first phase and is a three-storey, four-bed, with 1,675 sq ft of well-finished space. A former showhouse, it is reprising that role again (an unabashed use of colourful stripes, contrasting with pale background colours and a white kitchen) Wednesday evening with open viewings planned, and it has a €320,000 AMV via O’Mahony Walsh. They say the kitchen’s fantastic, in white high-gloss with some glass-fronted units and granite tops, adding that the whole house is “must-see”, with two reception rooms plus utility and guest WC at ground level. At first floor level are two bedrooms, one with en suite plus main family bathroom. The top floor is home to two more bedrooms as well as a shower room. The sale include carpets, blinds and other extra fittings. When launched in 2008, these A-type houses were priced from €530,000.

VERDICT: No 42’s all good to go.

Castletownbere €270,000

Sq m: 102 (1,100 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
BER rating: F

There’s a bit of the high up, and the low down, with Harbour Lights, a beautifully-set Beara Bay home on a water-fronting site, half a mile from Castletownbere in Ireland’s farthest-flung south-west corner.

A quirky sort of pad, it’s got a great site and further scope, but it’s the views that will most readily impress: straight out to Bere Island, and there’ll always be the to-ings and fro-ings of boats and trawlers to engage the eye and interest.

Harbour Lights is itself a small catch, on a big site, with 1,100 sq ft and only two bedrooms to date and is part single-storey and part two-storey, with a lean-to sun-room or glasshouse for good measure, but only with external access.

There’s lots of pine sheeting on walls and ceilings in the split-level kitchen/dining room, and again on the walls and ceiling of the upstairs 17’ by 11’ living room.

Selling agent is Andy Donoghue of Clonakilty-based Hodnett Forde, and he seeks offers around €270,000 for the detached house on its acre, with grassy path to the shoreline, plus garage. Out the road another bit, set over spectacular cliffs is the Dzogchen Beara Tibetan spiritual retreat centre — but Harbour Lights has its own quiet meditative charm.

VERDICT: A private retreat


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