Money, effort, and time lavished on upgrades at Berryfield property in Ballincollig

THE owners of 30 Berryfield “have done the Dermot Bannon-sort of extension behind, great space with lots of glass and light”, says Sherry FitzGerald auctioneer Norma Healy. 

Money, effort, and time lavished on upgrades at Berryfield property in Ballincollig

And, while it mightn’t have quite the architectural elan (and back-story) of a Bannon build, they are now set to leave that extension, and the balance of this all-in 1,540 sq ft house, behind, as they seek to trade up to another property.

The family have only been in occupation at No 30 since 2012 when the house turned up on the Price Register as having made €265,000 and what they are now selling on and moving from isn’t the same house at all.

It’s half as much again in size, and in value too it would appear.

Estate agent Ms Healy guides the brightly-extended No 30 now at €395,00 and says during the owners’ time here they lavished money, effort, and time on its upgrades and extension, and as a result it’s now a prime, walk-in home for a new family to occupy, in a very popular setting.

Berryfield is a cul-de-sac park set on a height inside developer Owen O’Callaghan’s rapidly matured Classes Lake development, which has a very wide array of house sizes and shapes, including apartments and shops.

Shaped a bit like a question mark, and with houses climbing up a slope along its sides, Berryfield is a popular spot with famiiles and houses by No 30 are elevated, and look back over a green, and towards Tanner Park and rugby club grounds too.

SherryFitz recently sold a neighbouring home here, in a more original condition, and it went sale agreed for about €330,000, says Ms Healy.

After the work on No 30 it’s a walk-in proposition, immaculately presented and with that school-room sized open plan kitchen/dining/living room, set up for day-long family activity and gatherings.

How big? Try 600 sq ft, as it’s almost 30’ deep and almost 20’ wide. The room is notionally sub-divided into functional sections, all with glossy porcelain tiled flooring; the kitchen has gloss units and the back wall of the living area has a bank of similar glossy built-ins, giving massive amounts of storage.

The added-on space has a pitched solid roof, with three roof lights, and by night the ceiling has lots of inset spotlights picking up the light work.

This c 600 sq ft bulk of space behind means that the balance of the ground floor’s accommodation is essentially a hall, also with porcelain tiled floor and guest WC, and a front sitting room that’s 13’ by 11’ with bay window and an inset, multi-fuel stove.

Similarly in original layout is the first floor, home to four bedrooms, with master bedroom to the front which is en suite, plus three other bedrooms with one to the front a single, and a main family bathroom finishes off the upper level, with pull-down stairs access to a part-floored attic.

No 30 has most of its front garden laid out as a concrete drive for parking several cars, with some perimeter planting, and behind is a good-enough sized garden, walled-in, with patio, and a raised lawn with a shed, play house, and some screening bamboos planted behind old rail sleepers.

Location-wise, Classes Lake is within a decent walk of Ballincollig Town Centre, the Regional Park and the River Lee, with lots of schools and amenities all to hand, and major emplyoyers on the doorstep like EMC, with a foot both in Ovens and in Ballincollig itself.

VERDICT: Classes Lake is maturing well, with evident signs of prosperity including multi-car families, and extensionitis in full swing. And, No 30 has clearly had the extension treatment.

Classes Lake, Ballincollig


Size: 143 sq m (1,545 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


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