Family home in Ballinlough, Cork, is in a superb location in a quiet cul de sac

A Ballinlough semi-d in great nick ticks all the boxes for suburban house hunters, writes Tommy Barker.
Family home in Ballinlough, Cork, is in a superb location in a quiet cul de sac

Knockrea Mews, Ballinlough, Cork City

Price: €375,000

Size: 110 sq m (1,177 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3/4

Bathrooms: 2

BER : C2

No 7 Knockrea Mews ticks so many boxes for home hunters around Cork’s suburbs — it even has crops of potatoes in raised beds in its west-facing back garden which could be ready for harvest (or handover) if the sale goes through in the expected jig-time.

The three/four bed semi-d last changed hands as a do-er upper for €320,000 just two years ago when a young family made a move into the city, at this super-convenient and quiet setting, just off the city end of the Ballinlough Road.

Its previous owner was an elderly gent who had minded it, but it felt old-fashioned decoratively.

“When we bought, we had a chimney sweep in as a precaution, but he told us we’d wasted our money: the fires had never been lit,” they remark, having since themselves decided to put in a Stanley wood-burning stove in their back, multi-purpose family space.

Immediately on purchase, they converted the garage, and joined up the kitchen and dining room, so now there’s a big and bright family space here, with patio doors to the good-sized back garden.

They pumped insulation in the walls cavity and attic, which they then floored for storage and put in a Stira.

They changed the windows, and put the utility/laundry machines out in a block-built storage garden shed, and re-landscaped the gardens, keeping the previous owner’s prized flowering shrubs in the front.

They also converted the garage to a playroom/study/fourth bedroom, with en suite to its back, and then redecorated before they moved back in, in time to welcome baby no 3.

Now they’ve just decided to buy a larger home already under construction, closer to family members, and No 7 Knockrea Mews is for sale with Frank Walsh of O’Mahony Walsh, guided at €375,000, with open viewings Thursday 5.30pm-7pm and next Saturday, from noon to 1pm.

In a superb location in a super-quiet cul de sac setting, near schools, No 7 has off-street parking, and the west-aspected back garden is spacious, and productive.

VERDICT: Perfect place to veg out, within an easy walk of the city and all amenities.

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