Three-beds at €315k in Rebel territory
In Crosshaven, a picturesque village 26km southeast of Cork city, Sherry FitzGerald is selling two-bed terraced homes for €240,000 and three-bed townhouses for €285,000. The village is located in the lower part of Cork Harbour, at the mouth of the River Owenabue, and has five beaches within a 3.2m radius.
Closer to the city, just outside the northwest suburbs, is Clonlara, which is situated in the pretty wooded hamlet of Kerry Pike. There, buyers can still pick up a three-bed semi from the Yew style, which is priced from €315,000 through Sherry FitzGerald and measures 1,113 sq ft. Kerry Pike is close to Blarney and is a few minutes' drive from Apple's European headquarters in the Cork suburb of Hollyhill.
First-time buyers who commute to Cork city are also the target market for Rock Brook, a development on the outskirts of Midleton, home of the Jameson distillery. A new phase of three-bed semis, selling for between €315,000 and €320,000, was released by Savills at the East Cork scheme last weekend and four are still for sale. Unlike previous three-beds at the development, the latest styles have attics primed for an easy future conversion. The facades of the houses, which are a 15-minute drive from the city in light traffic, are finished in a combination of natural stone and smooth plaster render.
Elsewhere in Midleton, three-bed semis are available at Blossom Hill, situated in Broomfield Village, for €307,500. These properties, which each span 1,270 sq ft, are within walking distance of the town and have easy access to the city via the N25.
Macroom, meanwhile, has become a popular destination for first-time buyers priced out of Cork city. Last month, the selling agents for Meadowlands released the second phase of a new section called The Gearagh, which is selling off the plans. Prices start at €234,500 for a three-bed spanning 1,086 sq ft and at €268,500 for a four-bed semi with 1,425 sq ft of living space.