Modern home with dual aspect language

Trish Dromey reports on an affordable Ballymakeera three-bed semi which is within commuting distance of Cork city and Killarney

Ballymakeera, Co Cork

    Price: €185,000
    Size: Sq m 96 (1,033 sq ft) +attic
    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 2
    BER: B3

AR mhaith leatsa cónaí san Ghaeltacht? Bhuel, tá seans agat anois teach compórdach, slachtmhar nua-aimseartha a cheannach ag 8 Cluain Reidh, Baile Mhic Íre i gceartlár Gaeltacht Mhúscraí.

Given that this comfortable, modern well kept three bed semi is located in the heart of the west Cork Gaeltacht it only seems appropriate to give a little of its description as Gaeilge.

On the market with an affordable guide price of €185,000, it’s situated in a small development of around 20 houses close to the centre of Ballymakeera village within a short walk from shops and restaurants.

Built in 2007, it has solar panels and a B3 BER rating which is a bit higher than many houses built around this time.

Offering over 1,000 sq ft of living space, it has an additional 260 sq ft in the attic which has flooring and a Velux window, it is accessed by a Stira and doesn’t (yet) have a staircase.

On the ground floor there is a carpeted sitting room which has a fireplace with a stove as well as a tiled kitchen with Shaker-style units in addition to a pantry and a small utility room.

Upstairs there is a bathroom and three carpeted bedrooms including one en suite.

And as mentioned, there is a Stira stairs leading to the attic which has a large floored space with shelving used for storage.

In the front driveway there is space for three cars and in the west-facing back garden there’s a shed and a lawn providing room for expansion for a buyer who needs a bigger house.

The owners, a musician and an engineer, who bought it new, say they have enjoyed the setting and the strong community feel in the village. They say their kids loved the sports facilities, the traditional music and the opportunity to learn Irish in a Gaeltacht setting.

John O’Mahony of J & M O’Mahony auctioneers says it’s a fine, very affordably-priced house with good space. Some new houses are being built at Cluain Reidh which are believed to be priced at €235,000.

“This house is right in the middle of the village and has primary and secondary schools, modern , sporting facilities, shops, pubs and restaurants. A new crèche and Astroturf pitch is due to be built in the area in the next 12 months,’’ he adds.

Noting that Ballymakeera has a thriving community with rich sporting and music traditions, Mr O’Mahony says there are high employment levels in the area.

He thinks this house could appeal to an employee in one of the factories such as Firebird boiler manufacturers or possibly be bought as an investment.

“Killarney is only 20 minutes away and the commuting time from Cork city (53 km) will be shortened when the planned bypass is built,”

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