A red brick Victorian pavilion in the center of Crosshaven

There is something a little romantic about living in a Victorian red brick skylight in the seaside village of Crosshaven.

Auctioneer Michael Pigott recently listed one such property at The Glen called The Gate Lodge, which offers a blend of old-world features and modern comforts.

“It was built in London red bricks and has been in the owner’s family for decades. They improved it and added a red brick extension to the back in 2007, ”says Pigott.

Located opposite the Royal Cork Yacht Club, this is a twin bed property with skylights and an old stone wall to the front.

Now offering over 1,000 square feet of living space, it must have been quite small before the owners added a two-story extension.

On the ground floor there is a living room, a kitchen with modern cream colored elements and a guest WC while the first floor has two en-suite bedrooms with sloping ceilings, pine floors and skylights. .

“It is close to the Carrigaline Footbridge and is a short walk to shops and amenities and a short drive to local beaches,” said Mr. Pigott.

Quoting a € 275,000 guidebook, he says it has charm and character and would make an ideal first home or vacation property.

VERDICT: All Victorian pavilions need garden flowers – new owners should plant them.

Rochestown, County Cork € 299,000

Viewers of 16 St Gerard’s Place in Rochestown, Cork, will be quite surprised to find that the mid-terrace property built in the 1950s has a modern extension with a covered balcony to the rear.

“The balcony offers spectacular views over Lough Mahon,” reveals auctioneer Conor Lynch of auctioneers James G Coughlan citing a € 299,000 guide to the three-bed house.

Now offering 1140 m² of living space, the house has been extended by the previous owners. “They set up a kitchen on the ground floor and a bedroom with a balcony on the first floor,” says Lynch, who describes the property as a well-kept family home.

Listing the selling points, he mentions that he has parking space for three cars in the back and says the location just off Rochestown Road is close to local amenities.

Accommodation on the ground floor comprises a wooden-floored living room with an insert stove and archway opening onto an extended kitchen-diner with fitted units. There is also a utility room, a guest WC and a wooden room at the front which could be a living room, games room or office.

The first floor has an en-suite bathroom and three bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and double doors opening onto a sheltered balcony with glass block walls on the sides.

Situated in a cul-de-sac of about 10 houses off Rochestown Road, the house is a short walk from the Lough Mahon footbridge and just over 2 miles from the village of Douglas.

VERDICT: Rochestown Road properties always receive good attention, especially those with water views.

Togher, Cork City € 249,500

A fair amount of renovation has taken place at this three bedroom penthouse property located at 1 Cherry Tree Road in Togher, Cork City.

An enlarged house from the 1960s, it has been redone in recent years, refurbished and equipped with two bedrooms with private bathrooms. John Barry of Frank V Murphy & Co has already secured a guide price offer of € 249,500.

“This is a well presented property on a large corner site which, due to its proximity to University Hospital Cork, Bon Secours Hospital and University College Cork, is attracting interest from first-time buyers and investors. ”

VERDICT: Not likely to stay on the market for too long.

Commons Road, Blackpool 195,000 €

ONE of the more affordable properties coming to the market this week is 12 Brideholm, Commons Road in Blackpool, a two bedroom apartment with a € 195,000 guidebook.

Gillian McDonnell of Sherry FitzGerald says the ground floor property built in 2005 is finished to a good standard but in need of redecorating. “It’s in a secure gated community and has a west-facing patio,” she says.

VERDICT: Could prove to be affordable for a first-time buyer.

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