These are Cork City's definitively upper middle-class suburbs.
Douglas and Blackrock in particular are the areas where middle class professionals most aspire to live and, thanks to prices which are still attainable on average incomes, the public still has a chance to buy in.
So, it was no surprise that through 2013 (the first full year in the Cork City market's recovery), these were the areas where competition was toughest and prices rose quickest - up 9pc by January 2014.
Today at the middle to top property band, prices are now sitting at around €500,000 for better four-bed detached homes, while at the very top of the heap, typical large period homes on their own grounds are likely to break through the €2m mark by the end of this year.
|Cork City South Suburbs|
|Detached on own grounds,||€1.5m||€1.9m||€2m|
Tamer growth of 5pc was predicted for the south suburbs last January but unexpected demand, shortage and the continued return of the banks to lending ensured prices in these enclaves hiked by another 9pc in the year to this month.
Two years of price rises touching 10pc means that activity in these suburbs is now more likely to be affected by a 20pc deposit requirement from the Central Bank.
The rental market has also been strong in these areas which have become a focus for renting professional families eager to rent in these areas while they save to buy in them.
Good period homes in Blackrock circa 2,000 sq ft have been regularly making close to €700,000 in recent months.
Average older four-bed semis are expected to push up over the €400,000 mark this year.
Savills expect more modest price rises across Cork's south suburbs for 2015 thanks to an increase in the supply of homes linked to the development of a number of sites before year's end. These include the old Nemo Rangers' grounds at the Douglas Road.