A magical makeover: An Choill Ballyard, Tralee

Trish Dromey enjoys the fresh new look brought to an exquisitely upgraded home in Tralee.

Tralee, Co Kerry


Size: 269 sq m (2,900 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4


Acomprehensive makeover by an interior designer has resulted in the lightening and brightening of this detached four-bed house located at 7 An Choill Ballyard in Tralee.

Set in a cul de sac development of individually built detached houses, it’s new to the upper end of the Tralee property market with a guide of €475,000.

Selling agents for the 2004 built house, DNG Giles say that that thanks to the efforts of interior designer Kate Campbell, it has now been exquisitely finished.

Although it’s a striking and very attractive modern property, the owners say it was dark and dated when they bought it two years ago. “It had dark walls and dark floors and in the back garden there were old oak trees which blocked all the light from the house.”

They knocked the trees and, with the help of their interior designer, they then set to work on brightening the interior.

Major steps included the decision to put in an extra window to let more light into the kitchen and adding a stove for additional heat while others included putting in new flooring, doors and architraves as well as repainting the entire house.

“We painted the kitchen units white and put in white granite worktops. All the doors and architraves are now white and the walls have been painted is neutral shades of taupe, grey and beige from the Farrow & Ball range,” reveals the lady of the house.

Behind the front bay window of the 2,900 sq ft property, is a very spacious carpeted living area with a marble fireplace and a chandelier style light fitting.

At the rear is a generous sized oak floored kitchen dining room with white granite topped units fitted with integrated appliances.

Recent additions to the kitchen include a white dresser, a central island unit, roman blinds and a large window over the sink.

Off the kitchen is a sunroom with a vaulted ceiling and there is also a carpeted family/TV room which has a newly installed timber fireplace with a stove set in a red brick surround. Off the marble tiled hallway there is a guest WC as well as a tiled utility room.

The first floor has a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and four carpeted bedrooms all of which have been redecorated in neutral shades.

Two of the bedrooms have en suites and the main one also has a walk in wardrobe.

The property has a gravelled parking area at the side and, at the rear, a south facing lawned garden enclosed by fencing and an old stonewall. It still has a log pile left over since the clearing and has space for play equipment as well as a trampoline.

The property is very well located within one and a half kilometres from the town centre and is within a short walk from amenities such as the Aqua Dome and the local cinema.

Auctioneer Daire McCann says that this is a magnificent family home.

“It’s in a quiet cul de sac within walking distance of all amenities and is in one of the most sought after residential areas in Tralee.”

The most recent sale in Ballyard was that of No 4 An Choill — which is another individually built four bed house with sold for €387,500 last October.

The Property Price Register shows No 7 An Choill as having sold for €307,500 in 2016 and again for €300,000 in 2017.

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