Trading up: Clogheen, Blarney  €295,000

Under an early offer, close to its guide price with a first bid of €290,000, is this full-of-potential bungalow, on a one-third of an acre site, with Lee Valley views.

Size: 126sq m (1,350 sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 2 

Bedrooms: 4 


Set up a slope at Ballysheedy, Clogheen, close to Cork city and the old Blarney road, the c 40-year old bungalow faces south, and has a lovely-sized 17’ by 16’ main sitting room up front, with parquet wood flooring and marble fireplace.

It links to a 19’ by 9’ kitchen behind, with older style ‘time-piece’ formica units, and banquette-style corner seating, the vogue of the 1970s.

Decoratively it’s dated, and has a rock-bottom G BER even though windows were replaced a number of years ago, and agent Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co says updating will be on the agenda for this currently 1,350 sq ft four-bed (no en suite) home, with oil central heating.

But, it has a detached double garage, workshop, nice site size and is only a mile or two from the top of Blarney Street, so is very accessible.

As the years have passed on, neighbouring house have grown and gone up to dormer status, so now this four-bed is one of the smaller on the row, and extension too might be on the cards for whoever buys here.

VERDICT: Elevated site, views, sunny aspect, proximity to Cork city, Blarney, Apple at Hollyhill and even Ballincollig too, with several new homes schemes due to launch soon further out at Kerry Pike. What’s not to like?


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