Starter home: Moneygourney, Douglas €275,000

Three-bed in Fort View, near Garryduff, is pristine, says Tommy Barker.

Starter home: Moneygourney, Douglas €275,000

Size: 104 sq m (1,122 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

BER: B3

FIRST-time buyers who are mortgage-approved might — just — have time to buy No 99, Fort View.

A distinctive-looking, three-bed semi-d of 1,120 sq ft, it is said by its selling agents Jeremy Murphy Associates to be of show-house quality, and a credit to its owners.

Built eight years ago by Murnane and O’Shea, with good finishes, No 99 is on a corner site within the Fort hill development near Garryduff, out along Maryborough Hill, beyond Douglas.

Mr Murphy prices No 99 at €275,000, and in the last few years resales in the area have risen from €145,000, in 2011, to €312,000, in 2013, and quite a few in the €200ks, but it’s hard to compare directly — there’s a mix of house types, including mews and duplexes, townhouses and various-sized semis.

No 99 has a front reception with solid-fuel stove inset into the fireplace, rear kitchen/diner with cream units, and in a single-storey addition there is a utility (with overhead storage), plus guest WC. Up on the first-floor proper are the main family bathroom, and three bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower-room.

The house has been very well-kept inside, painted with feature walls in block of colours and the kitchen and hall have porcelain tiling, and there is a wood-floored reception.

Outside, there’s a brick-paved drive for two cars, side/front garden which is well-shrubbed, and side access to a wide back garden with shed, patio and, again, a good mix of planting at the far boundary.

VERDICT: A smart one.

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