A colour-coordinated bungalow

TASTEFUL beiges, creams and taupes never got a decorative look in at number 26, Foxwood Drive — this is a bungalow with a bit of rebel attitude... albeit skin deep.

There’s full-on, navy paint used on the hall’s walls, it crops up again on the kitchen ceiling, and once more on the chimney breast, in that pretty, damn fine extension and main living space. But a once-over with a few cans of paint and the place will have a different hue entirely. Or it might down to the ground as is.

This mid-1990s, three-bed home is in the low-density Foxwood scheme of similar (and several much larger) bungalows in Garryduff, in Cork’s Rochestown.

Its owner bought it in 2004, and added a great-sized, 21’ by 17’ back extension as a lounge, made extra bright and spacious thanks to a dual aspect, with lots of glass and Veluxes up in the pine-clad ceiling for star-gazing.

That extra bit of building freed up space at the front of the house, for what’s now a very good double bedroom, complete with gas fireplace, while across the hallway is a similar-sized bedroom, with an en-suite shower room hidden behind some cleverly concealed, built-in wardrobe doors.

Still a three-bed, it has 1,470 sq ft of space across its ground floor, and extending up into the attic is a fairly easy job in these houses, says Ann O’Mahony, of Sherry FitzGerald.

The asking price with Sherry Fitz, for number 26, Foxwood Drive, is €385,000.

Number 26 has good bones, and good quality materials used, such as in the replacement hardwood ash floors, from just inside the front door, through the hall and into the back living room.

Rooms include three bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast bar, arch to dining room (currently a fitted bar with oak counter, etc) and there’s circulation from these spaces to the high-ceilinged living room. There’s a main bathroom, en-suite bathroom, utility with side garden access, and a small green area right alongside.

This house’s exterior is fairly maintenance-free, bar the decking, and the back/side gardens have several distinct personalities, functions (eg storage) and aspects for catching the sun.

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