Ballincurrig semi sure to draw strong family interest

TUCKED into a corner of the salubrious cul de sac Douglas estate of Ballincurrig is Gartan, a much-improved upon semi-d with four bedrooms.

Although it quietly had a For Sale sign erected in late summer, its real viewing time will be in the next few weeks as families return from holidays. You can expect quite a few family seven seaters and SUVs to drive around the Ballincurrig block for viewings once schools return, and the area has some highly regarded schools, both primary and secondary, making for an easy commute life, within a walk of Cork city centre and Douglas village.

Estate agent Billy Casey of Casey and Kingston seeks offers around €680,000 for the house which has been considerably invested in by its bar owning occupants.

The fact the estate (it qualifies for the favoured Cork description ‘park’) is a cul de sac gives it added cachet, and the location is first rate — on a bus route, well serviced, and with a just-revamped Spar and the Briar Rose pub as local service providers, as well as a public park by Douglas swimming pool complex.

House sales in Ballincurrig are very rare, and a number have recently had major money spent on them with considerable extensions, with a corner garden of a house across the road now being built on, with a large detached house about to have a commanding presence.

Thanks to a side garage conversion there are three ground floor reception rooms, and there’s front and back garden access from some via sliding doors. The L-shaped kitchen/dining room has over 230 sq ft and opens out to rear garden decking.

There’s a ground floor guest loo, with shower, and overhead are four bedrooms, two of which are good doubles, and main bathroom.

The high level of specification includes good finishes, gas heating, PVC double glazing, fascias, soffits and chutes, plus alarm.

The house faces south, with some off-street parking, and the back garden is well-laid out with decking, raised lawn and mature planting (plus substantial block-built shed) giving screening from the other Ballincurrig houses facing onto the main Douglas Road.

Also for sale are two neighbouring Rosebank estate semis in need of some upgrading, a three-bed called Aldergrove, under offer with Timothy Sullivan, and Melody, a four-bed semi with separate 300 sq ft building, a former surgery, also under offer around €520,000, with Sherry FitzGerald.

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