Trish Dromey wonders why more townhouses don’t have balconies
Because of its first-floor balcony, you might almost expect 20 Coolbawn Court in Midleton to be an apartment — but it turns out to be three-bed, three-storey townhouse.
Situated close to the centre of town in a small gated complex built around a central courtyard, the mid-terraced property is new to the market with Colbert & Co Estate Agents who are guiding it at €215,000. Auctioneer James Colbert says the late 1990s-built house is well presented and provides slightly over 900sq ft of living space.
“It’s ideal for either a first-time buyer or someone downsizing — the central location and the fact that it’s in a secure gated complex is making it attractive to downsizers,” says Mr Colbert.
At ground level, the house has a kitchen with modern white units and a timber-floored bedroom. If the house had been given a standard layout, the first-floor balcony would have been belonged to a bedroom not the living room, which is located upstairs. This room is laminate-floored and has a solid fuel stove, a vaulted ceiling and a set of double doors opening on to the balcony which overlooks the courtyard.
The first floor also has a bathroom and a bedroom while the third bedroom is on the top floor. The property has a low-maintenance gravel garden with raised beds at the rear and the complex has communal parking at the front.
Mr Colbert says the property has previously been rented and because of its location would also suit an investor.
“It’s just a two-minute walk from shops in the centre of town,” he adds.VERDICT: Convenient, central and modern — and makes you wonder why more townhouses don’t have balconies.