Bridgewater hits Q-mark and at €450,000 there may be a queue

Rose Martin says this Ballincollig house will be tempting for trader-uppers.

IT has been accepted in the property industry over the last year that quality houses have been few or even scarce on the open market.

People who expected big money for their homes drew in their horns and decided to sit the slump out.

There are some who may be sitting still, but a focused minority see the writing on the wall and have accepted that while they may sell cheap, they also buy cheap.

So, swings and roundabouts.

The result is that the spring/ summer season in the south has seen a trickle of quality houses for sale.

And that includes this house near Ballincollig, Co Cork which comes on the market in a location that’s always a draw for trader-uppers.

No 18, Bridgewater is one of those easy buys, you either like it or you don’t — and if you do, then it’s just a matter of moving in because everything’s perfect at No 18, Bridgewater.

The detached four-bed has had a huge extension built at the rear, which opens up the ground floor space and provides an ideal free flow for growing families.

The property is on the market with Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald who’s seeking offers in the region of €450,000.

Facing onto the circular green at the rear, and with a landscaped rear terrace, this house is pristine and comes with a playroom, a formal living room, family room opening into a full width, kitchen/dining room.

Units are vanilla with caramel granite finish and floors are a mellow wide plank walnut.

The master bedroom is large with a good range of units and en suite bathroom. Bedroom number two is similar and two smaller rooms share a main bathroom with guest bathroom on the ground floor.

VERDICT: No stinting here and the location at the Poulavone Roundabout ensures fast access to the city and county. A great buy for trader-uppers.


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