This Greenfields home in Ballincollig has great gardens, and gracious ground floor interiors, writes Tommy Barker.
Greenfields, Ballincollig €545,000
Size: 197 sq m (2,125 sq ft)
Best Feature: Comfortable style
The detached dormer home Fern Lodge dates to about the millennial year 2000, but has a grace and air of an older, period-era property, an impression pressed home thanks to the maturity of its rear, south-facing gardens by the Killumney Road entrance to Ballincollig’s Greenfields.
Brand new to market this week for its owners, who have been here from day one, Fern Lodge, or No 1 Fernwalk within the larger Greenfield scheme, was extended slightly from the original O’Flynn Construction design at the very start , with a rear garden room, and now spans 2,125 sq ft across its two levels and has two of its first-floor bedrooms with en suite facilities.
It’s just been listed with agent Brian Olden of Cohalan Downing, who guides from €545,000, and he says it’s highly desireable, in a very popular trading-up area of Ballincollig, just off the N22/bypass road.
It comes along, quite coincidentally, the same week as Sherry FitzGerald has No 85 Fernwalk up for sale too.
But, truth be told, they are different properties, as No 1 was built by O’Flynns, while No 85 was a one-off five bed, recently extended once more on a serviced site — it is 800 sq ft larger, and is €145,000 more expensive.
Some trading-up home-hunters will cast an eye over both 1 and 85 Fernwalk, but more viewing traffic can be expected at the former, given its more accessible price level.
And, indeed, the Price Register shows recent Fernwalk sales are now well into the mid €500,000s: No 86 sold last year for €560,000, No 60 made €505,000, and in 2015 No 9 made €545,000, No 54 made €466,000, while a year earlier, in 2014, No 8 sold for a reported €525,000.
No 17 went to market last year with SF asking €540,000 and is now sale agreed, and it’s firmly into this established milieu that No 1 Fernwalk waltzes in.
It’s right by the entrance to Fernwalk, with its long corner site going back towards the N22’s roundabout access point to Greenfields and Killumney Road, so there’s swift routes back to the city, western suburbs, all other compass points, and to Ballincollig itself, almost from its entrance.
There is a wide, gravelled front drive and well-tree-ed and shrubbedfront garden featuring plenty trees and bushes.
It leads to Fern Lodge’s cheery-red, recessed front door, amid further planting, ivy and wisteria on the walls.
Once inside, the principal living room’s off to the left of the tiled hall, and is an elegant, cream-carpeted double aspect room, with bay window to the front.
It’s 15’ by 14’, and has coved ceilings, recessed spotlighting, and a classic sandstone fireplace, with gas-insert fire.
Separately there’s a slightly smaller dining room, in rich, classic, evening-time red hues, with views of the front garden.
High-quality fabrics, curtains, and blinds are much in evidence in this family home.
Moving to the back, there’s a living room with kitchen/dining area accessed via French doors, and further doors to a south-aspected patio and back garden.
Once more, this room has recessed lighting, ceiling plasterwork, and an open fireplace, in a timber surround.
The largest room is the 20’ by 14’ country-style kitchen, with painted units and larder press, island/breakfast bar, terracotta tiled floor with the tiles laid on the diagonal, and the kitchen’s set up for serious cooking.
It comes with a double electric oven, a separate gas hob, and a proudly mounted Rayburn range, gas fired, with flue and display mantle giving a strong presence.
This feeling continues, via an arch, to an adjacent sun-room, or garden room in the agent’s descriptive words, painted a relaxing pale blue.
That garden room’s tiled, continuing the look from hall and kitchen, has a painted wood-sheeted ceiling, and has glazing on two sides with French doors to the garden.
The rest of the ground floor’s accommodation is completed by a guest WC and utility, with yet further garden access.
While the real impression of space in this home is at ground floor, there are four first-floor bedrooms added into the mix above, plus main bathroom with bath, while two bedrooms are en suite, and the main master bedroom also has a dressing room.
Decor levels and presentation are uniformly high, and the garden beyond is a match, with patio, lawns, and quickly matured trees, including a feature stand of birches at the south-east boundary corner which can only add further character in years to come, for No 1’s next occupants.