A creative approach adds to this home’s appeal, says Trish Dromey.
It can take ingenuity, creativity and a variety of paint colours to turn a standard estate property into a distinctive home with its own personality.
A buyer who wants one that’s already been given this kind of treatment can pay a visit to Ladybird Cottage (also known as 31, The Close) in Carrigaline.
Situated in a row of similar bungalows, it’s two-bed property with a colourful interior and a well-planted, feature-filled garden.
Guiding at €285,000, it’s on the market with auctioneer Michael McKenna who says this is a charming home which has been very well cared for by the owner who has added on a sunroom extension.
Estimating it to be around 40 years old, Mr McKenna says it has 612sq ft of living space and has a good-sized garden.
There’s colour on the outside with purple picket fencing and two painted ladybirds and also on the inside where the front sitting room walls are lilac while the kitchen walls are apple green.
Fitted with cream Shaker-style units, the kitchen has a glazed sunroom-style dining area.
The bungalow also has a bathroom, a turquoise-themed bedroom and a second bedroom which has been shelved for use as an office and has some sunshine yellow on the ceiling.
There is a garden at the front and a courtyard at the side with a multitude of pot plants.
To the rear there’s a flower-filled garden with a timber archway and numerous ornaments.
Situated in the Watermark development, the property is located in a cul de sac around one kilometre from Carrigaline.
“As a single-storey property close to shops, it’s perfect for downsizing,” says Mr McKenna.
Cute and colourful
Carrigaline, Co Cork
Size: 56sq m (612sq ft)