Semi with a cool interior

Rose Martin views Ard na Sí, a home in a secluded location on a third of an acre site.

EVERY property programme on TV at the moment seems to have someone standing on a threshold somewhere, saying something like: ‘yes, it is spacious, but it doesn’t really have the ‘wow’ factor’.

Now, if you come over all Victor Meldrew-ish at the mention of the wow word, then perhaps it’s time to re-appropriate it - maybe even for this house in Tralee.

Ard na Sí at 13, Haig’s Terrace gets the soubriquet because of the apparent contradiction with its modest exterior. Kerb-side, you see a nice, semi-detached bungalow, but inside it’s all D4 contemporary cottage.

And it would be a poor PR woman who couldn’t puff her own house, even if she doesn’t need to: Orla Diffily of Upfront PR, describes it as the ultimate buy for anyone who wishes to live in the heart of Tralee, within two minutes stroll of Tesco, Woodies, Roches Stores and TK Maxx.

Hidden away behind electronic gates, Ard na Sí has a secluded location on a third of an acre site with very attractive gardens and it’s perfect for a couple moving up or down, she says.

Orla, her daughter Zoe and partner Barry have lived here for the past six years and are now moving, out to the country, which means their town house is now on the market.

Priced at €250,000, number 13, Haig Gardens is for sale with Sheehy & Sheehy Auctioneers and Tim Galwey & Co. This recently renovated semi has a very country feel, yet it’s situated in the shopping and commercial heart of Tralee.

Orla, and photographer, Barry, completely renovated the property and the interior has white and cream hues and high ceilings which increase the sense of space.

The couple also added an ultra modern kitchen with striking blue cabinets, stainless steel splash back, glass shelving and a traditional oil fired range which easily and economically heats the entire house.

There is also a welcoming living room with wood burning stove and a bathroom with a new suite, original enamel bath and mosaic tiling. A large patio to the rear was finished in the last year or so and it’s private and not overlooked.

There are two bedrooms in the upstairs portion of the house: one looking onto the front garden and featuring original pine flooring and the master bedroom looking onto the back garden with painted timber flooring. There’s ample parking to the front of the cottage, which also comes with a small garden and is directly across the road is the Manor West Retail Park.

The house has easy access to the main Tralee/Dublin road and the Dingle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Killorglin routes.

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