A home with a private pub offers the perfect tonic in these testing times, writes Tommy Barker. Pictures by Niamh Whitty.
WORK done at 27 Coolroe Heights makes it eminently suitable as a home for a lockdown period, and for the period afterwards when we flatten the curve, and find what we have to accept will be, for sure, a ‘new normal.’
Not only does the upgraded c 1970s era semi-detached home have a side wing, and an attic conversion which adds another 200 sq ft or so to the official measured 1,335 sq ft, but it also has a west-facing rear with detached garage, now well converted for use as a home office.
Right now, it is set out as a games room with a home bar, complete with beer taps, decorated with sporting memorabilia and all centrally heated.
A private bar like this means occupants are less concerned about when the Government lifts lockdown restrictions on bars, and places of entertainment, whether they go earlier than initially scheduled than August 10 in the fifth stage of Reopening Ireland, along with restaurants and cafes which may open from the end of June, or whether Dr Tony Holohan’s concerns re social distancing hold sway until late into the summer.
The on-tap bar here at 27 Coolroe Heights measures 8.5m by 3.4m, so there’s just shy of 30 sq metres, or 300 sq ft to play around with, while observing the two-metre social distancing rule.
Say, about the length of the current pride of place pool table, with perhaps elbow bending cue-ing distance thrown in for good measure and safety’s sake? You’d get four people in under current restrictions, more if from the one family unit.
Having been in situ for about a decade, the family who own Ballincolig’s No 27 Coolroe Heights are aiming to move out to the country once more.
They moved to this well-established estate from Farran, and have a hankering to go back toward the country, with an eye on a property near Ovens, hence this sale, says local Ballincollig estate agent John O’Mahony of OM2.
He launched No 27 to the open market at the start of this week, quoting a €350,000 AMV and says at 1,335 sq ft, plus attic, it’s already bigger than many detached homes.
A deal of work had been done to it before the current owners took it on, Mr O’Mahony says, but they brought it to another level, opening it out a bit more, and updating the décor: as a result, it photographed very well, and will show well once he can start physical viewings.
Mr O’Mahony prefers not to do virtual viewings, so will be keeping a list of inquiries and, like a lot of his professional counterparts, will start actual viewings once approved, safe to so, and allowing for social distancing and sanitising.
From the front door inwards, and past the lattice-effect front glazing in the double glazed windows, No 27 doesn’t feel like it is 40+years of age, with new floors, decor, wall papers lighting, upgraded joinery, radiator covers, light switches etc, and has modern feel to its L-shaped tiled kitchen/diner, with mottled metro-like splash-back tiling, painted units, and open shelving to match the chunky timber window cills and top of the radiator cover. There’s a carpeted front reception room with fireplace, tiled hall, utility and guest WC to the side and rear patio access from the dining end of the kitchen.
Overhead, up a painted staircase, are four bedrooms, all carpeted with blinds on the windows, plus fully redone main bathroom with walk-in shower and feature sink, and there’s stairs access cutting through one of the bedrooms to the fully upgraded attic.
This top floor room is c 3.15m by 5.9m, or 10’ by 20’ so adds 200 sq ft to No 27’s overall floor area.
The house comes with a quite standard for the era D2 BER, and has double glazing, central heating, off-street parking with double width access gate, and has a paved drive, with attractive hard-landscaping to the front, with gravel beds, shrubs and palm trees.
Behind is fully-paved, with patio slabs, and is pleasantly planted at the perimeter walls and fencing, bringing a lush greenery to the look, whilst keeping maintenance to a minimum.
“No grass to cut,” says selling agent John O’Mahony l, but the lack of a lawn shouldn’t bother many home hunters with active off-spring, as No 27 directly adjoins a large public green.
Coolroe Heights is on the western fringes of Ballincollig, with good access to the town centre and to the N22/Ballincollig bypass. The Price Register shows 24 sales with a Coolroe Heights address, but the stronger sales may be in the later sections such as Willowgrove of The Avenue, with two sales there over €400,000.
The more original Coolroe Heights section has sales from €230,000 back in 2014 to more recent ones at €282,00 and €315,000.
No 27’s agent Mr O’Mahony says the four-bed semi “has been upgraded and extended over the years with the final outcome being a home of character and prestige with no expense or effort being spared in the pursuit of a home of excellence.”
VERDICT: Space, good aspect, and multi-use detached entertainment suite/home bar, and with its external side access, can also be used by its next owners as a home office with zero commute time to their new residence.
Size: 124 sq m (1,335 sq m) Bedrooms: 4