Trading up: Frankfield, Cork €320,000

Set at the back of the Woodlands development in Cork’s Frankfield suburb is this one-off bungalow, on a stand-alone quarter acre site, and it’s called Elm House.

Built in 1988 as a trading-down home by its current owners, and done by then-timber-frame pioneer in Cork Noel Parkes, this comfortable two-bed 1,200 sq ft home has a large attic and high roof ridges, opening up the possibility of upwards expansion for any other category of trading-up buyer too.

Within a very private and mature site next to a period home and graced by some century old hardwood trees, Elm House is priced at €320,000 by estate agent Andrew Moore, who says that despite its relative youth, it has old-world charm, with some stained-glass features and an internal old stained glass door, as well as high and coved ceilings.

It’s bright, with well-placed windows, and the 20’ by 11’ sitting room has a double aspect and patio doors to a very large garden, laid out in two sections, with beech hedge divide.

Each of its two bedrooms has an en suite, one with bath and shower, and there’s a kitchen, plus utility with guest WC.

VERDICT: Special outer-Douglas setting above Woodlands, ideal for those trading down, while there’s scope as well overhead for those trading up and the gardens are a boon.


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