HAVING sold the house next door, No 2 Woodberry, in jig-time, estate agent Derek Doran now is hoping to be as quick out of the blocks in the case of No 3 Woodberry.
But, given the size and price difference between these two 1990s built next-door neighbours, he’s quite likely to have a whole different range of viewers at this latest offer.
No 3 Woodberry is a very sizeable 4,200 sq ft, six-bedroomed family home on the Greenfield Road south of Ballincollig, a stretch that’s home to several dozen large and detached trading- up family homes.
Mr Dorgan launches No 3 with an asking price of €680,000, which not only reflects the scale and quality of the accommodation but also the remarkable bounce-back of house values in Ballincollig.
Right now, as he’s only ‘sale agreed’ on No 2 next door, he’s reluctant to disclose what it made, but it went to market at the start of March of this year, guiding €460,000.
The price differential is down to size: No 2, although on a good site, was ‘only’ 1,800 sq ft, and many viewers were budgeting for an extension in time, as the grounds were well up to it.
It’s likely to have been bid to as much as €500,000.
Weighing in at €680,000, No 3 is unlikely to need any more space added on to it, and agent Mr Dogan says it’s in one of Ballincollig’s most popular areas, is in excellent order inside and out and over three levels, and “is well-proportioned, with a fine balance of living and sleeping accommodation.”
It’s all within a walk of Ballincollig giving an urban/rural mixed setting, and is just off the Ballincollig bypass too.
The exterior facade facing the Greenfields Road is faced in brick, while the side and back walls are done in dash, plus there’s detached garage with floored attic to the side on the quite private site.
The house has a C1 BER, with oil central heating, wood-pellet burner (in the garage) and solid fuel, in the stove and open fireplace.
The entire back and western side is slab-paved with seating, storage, pet and play areas, and there’s a large lawn, fringed with planting, above a low brick wall and up a few steps.
Within, rooms off the L-shaped tiled hall include a bright front office with desk and shelving, also south-facing is a lounge with fireplace and large stove on a granite plinth, with serving hatch (what a great idea still if your rooms are compartmentalised) to the kitchen/casual dining room, with tiled floor and white units topped with black granite, with southerly patio access.
There’s also a play room, utility, guest WC, and cloakroom, and largest space is the 29’ by 17’ (L-shaped) lounge, with home bar in one corner and lots of bookshelves/fitted units around the TV in another, with an open fire in a cast iron surround.
The first floor has six bedrooms, one with en suite and all six have built-in/walk-in robes, the family bathroom is fully tiled and modern, while the top floor has two more very large rooms, one 20’ by almost 14’ used as a gym the other 24’ by almost 14’ with eaves storage, as a den/play area (pictured above) with sloping ceilings painted a deep ocean blue and decorated with fantastic fish, oily octopus, cute crabs and gelatinous jellyfish.
VERDICT: A big one-off that, on local trends, may not be around for too long.
Greenfields Road, Ballincollig
Size: 420 sq m (4,500 sq ft)
Best Feature: Quality space in boom-town Ballincollig
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