Trish Dromey gets the low-down on a beauty at Ballyvolane, ideal for gardening-averse buyers.
Ballyvolane, Cork €250,000
Sq m 119 sq m ( 1,288 sq ft)
Best Feature: Well finished out
Much nicer than the average three-bed semi-d, 2 Lios Rua in Cork’s Ballyvolane has a high quality finish and lots of extras.
The owners upgraded the kitchen, putting in high gloss units, granite worktops and porcelain tiled flooring and also converted the attic into a second sitting room.
To keep in the heat and add a little extra comfort they put in sliding doors to create a front porch.
Huge effort has also gone into the back garden, transformed from the typical three-bed semi lawned patch into a low maintenance garden of the type you often see on TV garden shows.
It has a stone patio which the owners use for dining alfresco, a graveled area with shrubs and a decked outdoor room, with timber walls on three sides (provided by a barna shed and the garden fence) and is covered by a timber pergola.
Fitted out with rattan-style furniture, this looks like the perfect place to use the time not spent grass cutting, to relax outdoors.
Built in 2006, the property is for sale via Cohalan Downing Auctioneers who are seeking offers of €250,000.
Auctioneer Suzanne Tyrell says it is a bit more expensive than the average three-bed semi in the area, but reckons “it’s worth it. People are willing to pay a bit more to buy something with a high quality finish that doesn’t require anything done to it.”
Accommodation in the 1,288 sq ft house includes a timber-floored living room with a cream timber fireplace with an insert stove, as well as a guest WC and an open plan kitchen dining room with cream high gloss units.
The first floor has three bedrooms with polished floorboards, including one with Sliderobes and an en suite.
In the attic there’s a 14 ft sq carpeted room with Velux windows. The house has gas heating and a C1 BER rating.
Located at Lios Rua, within a ten-minute walk from Ballyvolane Shopping Centre, the property is within a 15-minute drive from the city centre.
VERDICT: A dream home for a gardening averse buyer.
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