House of the Week: Ballincollig semi-detached for sale at Coolroe Meadows

It’s moving on time for the owners of No 44, The Close, Coolroe Meadows who, despite extending to the back and adding an attic extensions, seem to have outgrown this family home. 

House of the Week: Ballincollig semi-detached for sale at Coolroe Meadows

Ballincollig, Cork €345,000

Sq m 168 (1,808 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: C

That’s despite it now having 1,800 sq ft of living space, with four bedrooms, and a very handy, multi-purpose attic room. But, that’s life.

The semi-detached home just west of superbly-serviced Ballincollig and with easy access to the bypass road as well, came up for sale last week with agent Brendan Bowe’s local offices, and he says: “Ballincollig is very hot right now, the place is booming and there’s very strong employment underpinning it all.”

As he started showing No 44 The Close in recent days, Mr Bowe reckons it’s one of the best four-bed semis on the Cork market right now.

Mr Bowe guides it at €345,000. Last year, sales there ranged from €235,000 for a three-bed semi, to €410,000 for a detached, so he’s sort of in the middle range in the case of this extended four-bed.

That €345k sum is within the reach of many locally-employed couples looking to buy into a family-friendly setting, and here, all the work is done. At No 44, the redesign and reconfiguration was architect-driven, and the level of finish is also above the norm, according to Mr Bowe.

The upgrades to this O’Brien and O’Flynn-built home start in the hall, with large pale, porcelain tiles on the floor, and that tile continues into the kitchen behind, which is deep, with lots and lots of storage.

The capacious units are in an off-white gloss, contrasting with walnut-hued worktops, teak island top and the flooring beyond in the extension is also a dark walnut type.

The vista now, from the inner wall, is just shy of 30’ to the back glazed wall/boundary, with sliding patio doors and glazed side panels to the back garden, with a maximum width of 18’.

There’s an almost compartmentalised feel to that kitchen /living/dining depth, with a different feel again across the 18’ width behind, and this back room/end has a wood-burning stove, on a raised black granite plinth.

It’s likely new occupants here at 44 will do as the family here have done, and use furniture placing as a way of defining space and uses.

Lighting overhead is recessed spotlights, and there are three Velux windows, facing two different directions, north and west. Mr Bowe simply describes the room back here as “enormous”.

Separately, the front reception room is c 16’ by 12,’ with bay window and fireplace, and the ground floor also has a guest WC, and a good-sized utility/laundry room.

Go up one level, and the first floor is home to four bedrooms, four with built-ins and one en suite, while the main bathroom is fully tiled, again in cream shades, with bath with side taps, and an overhead shower.

That’s not all: a staircase then leads to an attic conversion with a room up here 20’ by 13,’ under sloping ceilings and the lower sections have been given over for useful eaves storage.

It’s ideal as a home office, games room, massive store or possibly guest bed use, but doesn’t quite qualify for habitable use status on planning grounds, and so can’t be described as bedroom five.

Overall condition inside and out is very good, and the front garden has been concreted over for extra off-street parking, while behind the back garden is fully walled-in, with a shed.

VERDICT: This is the sort of airy extension many homeowners would love, and it’s now all part of the package that is 44 The Close – a Close call worth making.

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