Bungalow bliss in rapidly expanding Donoughmore

YOU may have difficulty getting mobile phone coverage in parts of Donoughmore, and the quiet country roads might put the townies off, but this area outside Blarney in Co Cork is on the way up.

The gloss of Stoneview, the brand new town planned for the north-eastern end of Blarney, should rub off on this area.

Predicated on a commuter rail connection due by 2008, the 300 hectare site will see around 3,000 houses built and a special interchange created on the N20, the Mallow/Cork road.

The upshot of this for the infrastructurally-challenged Donoughmore is fast access to the city and all parts beyond, while it should continue to retain its rural ambience.

Which is why this house at Knockane, Donoughmore, may be a good long-term bet. Just a couple of minutes from Courtbrack village, the house sits on three acres of land and is in perfect condition.

Bright, warm and professionally designed in the interior, it offers top class facilities with a touch of the good life. It has a big, pine kitchen with granite worktops which leads through to the comfortable living room and also connects to the sunroom at the dining end.

The bedroom wing is to the right of the house and instead of the usual four rooms, one has been converted to a dressing room instead.

Next door to the house, and included in the sale, is an acre site, with road frontage.

Then, there’s the hen run with hen house at the furthest end of the boundary and an aviary close to the house.

A wide tarmac driveway runs right round the back garden, which has been fenced off for safety close to the house. Long term, there’s great potential with the garden and one area of low-lying boggy ground could be the perfect pond.

Norma Healy and Fiona Hourihan of Sherry FitzGerald are the selling agents for this lovely bungalow and they are looking for offers in the region of €600,000 for the 170 square metre property.

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