Just move on in and enjoy this classic Irish family home in Co Cork

This updated three-bed semi has the location and finish to appeal for homebuyers, writes Tommy Barker.

Browningstown, Cork

Price: €395,000

Size: 97 sq m (1,037 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER: C3

Best Feature: Well finished

Not every traditional sized three-bed semi-d needs the extension rule run over it; or, at least, not every home-hunter looking at this classic Irish family home format needs, or wants, to go much larger than 1,000 sq ft of comfortable place to call home.

And, if that’s all a house hunter wants, then Richmond or 26 Browningstown Park West between Douglas and Ballinlough in Cork could be the perfect fit: it needs nothing at all done to it to move in and simply enjoy.

It’s for sale just this month with a €395,000 asking price and while it is still set out in its original-build layout, it has been nicely freshened up in appearance. 

Deeper down than that, it has been underpinned, back in 2002 by the current owners/vendors with the works done then certified.

Plus, it’s been drylined and insulated for a comfort upgrade, with gas central heating and double (and, partial triple) glazing also in situ helping No 26 hit a C3 BER with the glazing units in front mimicking the originals.

Further, there’s a wood-burning stove in the front reception room, while the original fire opening in the back reception room has been covered up.

Also tackled in recent years was rewiring, while the kitchen’s a re-fit in galley style, with hard-wood topped counters, a ceramic sink and a range-style cooker fits neatly into the snug space.

Selling agent Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Co started viewings last weekend and said its location and condition after a quality refurb attracted immediate positive comments from the early visitors.

It has three overhead bedrooms plus bathroom, but no utility or guest WC, and the hall’s in original polished parquet timbers, with a painted stairs and polished hardwood banisters.

There’s off-street car parking, an adjacent garage with a roller shutter door and plumbed as utility stretches back in the very attractive mature back garden, which faces east. 

And, there’s garden access both from the kitchen and back reception, with roll-out awning over the latter’s French doors.

VERDICT: Good as it is… and, still extendable for those with a compulsion to add-on.

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