Hot deal in Ovens, it’s a high five (bed)

Tommy Barker says although a few decades old, detached Red Gables is well-sized and well-kept

Ovens, Cork - €695,000

Size: 246 sq m (2,650 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3

SET in a small cluster of about a half dozen detached family houses either side of a stretch of what’s known as Casey’s Road, is this well-sized and very well kept home, Red Gables, a red-brick bungalow, over 2,600 sq ft, and with five bedrooms.

The single storey home, now a few decades old and on a landscaped garden on one-third of an acre, is both well tended and well-presented with a warm feel thanks to lots of timber.

It has comfortable rooms, divvied up with bedrooms all on one side, and living spaces on the other, with an internal arch and columns in the carpeted hall.

One of the five bedrooms is en suite and the main, four-piece family bathroom’s been updated, with an elegant feel, thanks to the presence of a stand-alone slipper style bath, with shower attachment.

For day and evening uses, there’s a good balance of space in particular, with the main being a large living room, (c 20’ by 14’), dual aspect with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and a double aspect.

It’s warmed by a solid fuel stove in a stone chimney breast with marble hearth. Estate agent Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald observes that “it’s an ideal entertaining room.”

Separately, there’s a formal dining/family room, an updated kitchen with lots of warm-timbered units in cherry wood, with wood-sheeted ceiling above, backed up by a utility with rear deck access.

The one-third of an acre grounds include patio and decking, seating areas, mature trees and shrubs, veg garden and glasshouse, all well tended and having yielded an autumn harvest.

Meanwhile, back indoors, one of the smaller reception rooms is also one of the nicest; called the garden room, it’s about 13’ by 10’, and has a sliding door out to the deck and outdoor seating sections.

Ms Healy guides Red Gables at €695,000 and notes that the area, a short commute west of Cork city and Ballincollig, is in strong demand, with keen prices paid, due to proximity to Ballincollig and its strong employment base, as well as Dell/EMC and VM Ware’s considerable presence in the hinterland.

(The house sale comes as Sherry FitzGerald’s commercial property wing, Cushman & Wakefield, puts much of the Ballincollig Barrack Square Office campus up for sale as an investments.

The complex of buildings being sold, over 100,000 sq ft in all and fully let with VMWare as the main occupier, comprises most of the office component in Ballincollig’s town centre redevelopment and earns over €2m pa in rent.

International funds, as well as high-net worth Irish investor interest is forecast, for vendors Blackstone, showing a remarkable maturing of the Ballincollig region since 2000.)

Meanwhile, back on the one-off, private residential front, Red Gables is on Casey’s Road, near Éire Óg’s GAA pitches, with a strong local community identity and range of services and amenities, says Ms Healy, and is close to national schools, buses and other sports facilities, as well as being just at the end of the Ballincollig bypass, for easy access back to the city centre.

VERDICT: hot to trot

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