This large and beautifully- finished home is only a short drive from Limerick city, and has every amenity you’d want for a growing family, writes Gráinne McGuinness.
Families looking for more room and a relaxed rural lifestyle are the target market for this beautifully- finished property in Scrageen, Newport in Tipperary.
The six-bedroom home is already drawing interest, and estate agent James Lee of REA John Lee expects it to become the focus of significant attention in the new year.
“It is perfect for young families moving out from Limerick, who are currently in your traditional three- or four-bed semi which has gone too small for them,” he said. “It is for a family that want more space and a quieter pace of life.”
The current owners, who are trading down, have spent more than a decade creating a family home packed with features and amenities to appeal to all ages.
The half-acre landscaped site includes a log cabin, swim spa, integrated playground with astroturf, water features, a detached garage/workshop and a large outdoor barbecue area.
The cabin is currently set up as a home gym but could easily become anything from a granny flat to a dream playhouse or chillout area for teenagers.
From football on the lawn out front to leisurely summer gatherings around the barbecue, this property has been developed with family life in mind. Electric gates, stone boundary walls and mature hedges offer privacy and security.
Inside, features include a central vacuum system, CCTV system, fitted alarm, floored attic with Stira access, and marble window boards throughout.
The kitchen/dining area on the c 1,500 square foot ground floor comes with a fitted Aga and solid-fuel stove. A substantial central island and fitted units provide plenty of storage and cooking space for a busy family and a substantial utility room offers easy access to laundry and the hot press just off the kitchen.
A separate living room and lounge give plenty of communal space options and rule out the risk of fights over the TV remote. There is one bedroom downstairs and five upstairs, and flooring throughout the home is a mixture of wood and tiles. Four of the six bedrooms have their own bathroom, and there is also a toilet downstairs. Kingspan insulation in all walls and ceilings internally and solar panels help contribute to its C3 BER rating.
The estate agents describe it as a beautifully scenic area, convenient to the Clare Glens amenity and with Newport village only a three-minute drive away. The market in the area has held steady in recent months, barring the expected festive lull.
Proximity to the city, with Scrageen less than 20 minutes drive from the University of Limerick and Castletroy, makes the location a prime target for city workers. Mr Lee believes it would be an ideal commuter home for people working in any part of Limerick.
“We are focusing on UL, but you could live there and work anywhere on that side of the city, work in the technology park,” he said. “You could even be working in Raheen, with the ring road you’re there in a half hour.”
Scrageen, Newport, Co Tipperary
Size: 241 sq m (2,600 sq ft)