Bella, everything about this detached is cool, including the address

THERE’S a flavour of continental Europe about 22, Glincool Gardens in Cork’s Ballincollig suburbs.

Then, when you visit the house, that impression is enhanced by the sight of a full food larder or pantry, as well as a kitchen clearly used by food-loving chefs. Aaah, a smell of Bella Italia.

Now, the owners of the detached three bed bungalow are on the move — no, not to sunnier climes, at least not yet — but at least have their eye on a Cork trading up opportunity.

Estate agent John Barry of Keane Mahony Smith seeks offers around the €265,000 asking price, and already has it under offer a bit below that sum.

He notes that it “is a lovely, cosy, warm and inviting home, in lovely condition and with a new kitchen put in only a while ago in beech.”

Glincool dates back to the early 1990s, and the current owners have been there about 10 years, with a growing family. They are opting to move rather than extend, but for those who want more space, many other houses in Glincool have managed to get up to two more bedrooms, plus an en suite bathroom overhead, says the KMS agent. Other Glincool houses currently for sale range upwards of €300,000, even without extensions and those with attic rooms are dearer again.

Mr Barry notes that their offering at No 22 is currently probably the cheapest house offered in the estate — while still being a walk-in job for its next occupants.

No 22’s site is in a cul de sac, off Station Road and Maglin Road within a short walk of the new and established town ‘centres’ and has off-street parking for several cars, as well as good private back gardens.

Rooms include a living room with brick fireplace and oak floor, a fresh looking kitchen with beech units and integrated appliances as part of a 18’ by 11’ kitchen/diner, fully shelved pantry, separate utility, and three bedrooms (one with en suite) plus main family bathroom.

It has oil heating, about 950 sq ft of space and an easily convertible attic.

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