Trading up




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

Ballincollig, Cork €285,000

Sq m: 120 (1,300 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
BER rating: C2

An affordable trading up option — you get a fully refurbished four-bed detached home, at 15 Berryfield in Cork’s Ballincollig, for €285,000, via agent Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald.

This 1,300 sq ft house, with a south-facing back garden, is in the large O’Callaghan Properties-developed Classes Lake scheme just west of Ballincollig by Ovens, and was built back in the early 2000s.

Despite its relative youth, its owners still decided to do a burst of updating, so it all feels and looks fresh, with a bright, modern new glossy kitchen and large porcelain tiles lifting the tone to the back of the house; the hall’s also similarly retiled.

Decor is pristine, after investment of time and money, says Ms Healy who’s impressed enough to put it on open display this afternoon, 2-4 pm, and insulation has been upgraded with dry-lining and attic also attended to for a decent C2 BER.

The layout at No 15 has a front reception room with bay window, chunky timber fire surround and oak floor, while behind is a kitchen/dining room, with utility and guest WC rounding out the ground floor’s rooms.

Upstairs one of the four bedrooms is en suite, and has a bank of built-ins, two others are doubles, one is a single or could be used as a study. The main family bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath.

VERDICT: Four beds, detached, all done up and near all services. Good to go.

College Road, Cork €330,000

Sq m:140 (1,500 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5
BER rating: C1

No 4 Connaught Avenue is a bit of an anomaly among its venerable UCC-adjacent neighbours — it’s a new build, youthful in its bones, and fit for purpose, either for family or investor buyers.

The detached four-bed, all en suite home is now guided at €330,000 by estate agent Tom Woodward, who says it’s a bit of steal at that price for the quality, with features like a good C1 BER rating, five bathrooms, and central vacuum system too.

Despite being a recent build, its look is sympathetic to its older neighbours, with sash windows, wide bay front window to the main 16’ by 12’ sitting room, and behind it has a 20’ by 12’ kitchen/dining room, with oak units, as well as a guest WC and a utility which houses the central vacuum tank and motor.

The next level up has three en suite bedrooms, and there’s one more with en suite at attic level.

There’s off-street parking in front, and a graveled back garden with shed, so maintenance isn’t ever likely to be a burden.

VERDICT: What it lacks in period authenticity, it makes up for in its comfort factor.

Rochestown, Cork €365,000

Sq m: 157 (1,690 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
BER rating: B3

The last few remaining new detached houses at the Clarkes Wood section of Rochetown’s Mount Oval development have all gone ‘sale agreed’ this year, and now a couple of second-and properties are on the way to new owners too.

Currently under offer is No 72, a three-storey, four-bed carrying a €365,000 asking price with Ann O’Mahony. She has gone ‘sale agreed’ at that sum in recent days on the very similar No 78, six doors away on the same side of the road.

Buying interest has come from private families, as well as investors, she adds.

Built by O’Flynn Construction in the early 2000s, in a scheme with many house types and about 800 homes in all, Mount Oval has shops and services on site.

The scheme also has a new national school around the corner, and families now tend to trade up and down within the development.

Now bidding close to its €365k asking price, No 72 Clarkes Wood has a very good ground floor plan, with guest WC, utility, front reception and rear open plan kitchen/dining/family room. There are two bedrooms en suite on floor one, while the top floor has a bathroom serving two more bedrooms.

VERDICT: A good deal of family living space at the money, in a proven location.

Glandore, West Cork€775,000

Sq m: 250 (2,700 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
BER rating: C3

There are great views to sea from this Glandore harbour area hideaway home — a haven of a place called the Hideaway.

Those Atlantic views cover all weathers, from sunny skies to looming cloud and mounting seas — metaphorically as well as literally, as its vendor John Williams and his wife Ann know. Mr Williams became a well-known figure several years ago when he became chairman-elect of the company Fastnet Line, the now-defunct co-op established ferry service between Cork and Swansea, Wales.

Based in Wales, he has appointed Pat Maguire in Skibbereen to sell his West Cork bolthole, the Hideaway, on three scenically-set acres three miles from Glandore at Reenagreena — and it’s stunning.

All faced in stone, and with its bulk sensitively broken up by different wings and roof lines, it’s a large four-bed, high-end home.

Most floors at ground level are tiled, with underfloor heating, oil fired.

It’s all very tasty, with feature beamed ceilings, dining room, sitting room, kitchen with antique stove set in a limestone chimney breasts, units and island have granite worktops, there’s a fine sun room and second reception with sunny, double aspect, sauna and guest bathroom with Jacuzzi, and upstairs one of the four bedrooms is en suite.

Outside, there are two lofted garages helping form a sheltering and welcoming ‘compound’, as well as outhouses, glasshouses, terraces, lawns — and views.

VERDICT: Ship-shape and set for sale.

Caragh Lake, Kerry €195,000

Sq m: 53 (575 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
BER rating: G

It’s small, but it’s quite perfectly placed — Kerry’s Caragh Lake is one of Ireland’s natural beauty spots, and compact White Cottage has views of it, plus direct access to its shores. Right now, this single-storey, one-bed cottage (we’re just showing the view, here) has 575 sq ft on offer for its €195,000 asking price via agents Edmond O’Donoghue in Killorglin. But, it has full planning to replace it with a larger new-build.

Set near another home and the water’s edge, by the four star Victorian Carrig County House hotel, White Cottage has shared direct right of way access to the lake, which is famed for boating and freshwater fishing. “It’s on the most beautiful site imaginable. The tranquil setting with incredible lake views makes this property very desirable indeed,” say O’Donoghues.

It’s neat in size with solid fuel stove in a brick hearth, has oil heating, double glazing, but a still-lowly G BER rating. Setting is three miles from Killorglin, near golf, fishing, boating and beaches in a choice of beautiful settings along the lake and Caragh river at Dooks, Rossbeigh and Glenbeigh.

VERDICT: Much of this shoreline is owned by Continentals with big estates and big houses: this is a manageable buy, able to expand in size.


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