Tommy Barker visits a contemporary townhouse complete with basement in the heart of Ballincollig.
There’s more than meets the eye at first at the ‘contemporised’ townhouse at 2, The Mews, in the very centre of Cork’s Ballincollig — it has a large basement, over 27’ by 11’ adaptable to storage, play, gym or office uses.
A modern build with some cedar cladding on the facades and sharing an asymmetric roofline with its other half, very much giving it a 2000s vibe on the outside, No 2 is a decent-sized 1,300 sq ft two-bed townhouse (it’s 1,000 sq ft minus the basement,) with two en-suite bathrooms.
It couldn’t be more centrally-set in the rapidly-evolved satellite town: it’s located just by The Square, near the Reel cinema and a host of shops, services, restaurants like The Plaza and bars, and Ó Crualaoí’s butchers and deli also.
It’s sort-of an inner suburban enclave with a mix of other business too, and so the setting isn’t pure residential, it’s more mixed use, and “is ideally suited to professionals wishing to work and live within the heart of Ballincollig,” says its selling agent Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald.
She expects interest from investors (mews properties here have previously been rentals, getting about €1,100 a month, so a new owner could even be an investor, or a single person might choose to rent a room to help with a mortgage,) and she also says it will suit first-time buyers, and traders-down, wanting every convenience on their doorstep in Ballincollig.
The setting is safe and secure too, adds Ms Healy, though for those who still need or want a car, there’s no off-street parking.
No 2, The Mews has a tidy, west facing front garden/patio approach, with decked section by the side wall for evening sitting out, and behind is a walled-in graveled patio/patio (currently a bit bedraggled after a harsh winter, and housing a trampoline, for those with a bounce in their step ) and as the grounds slopes a bit, it means light can get into the 300 sq ft basement/den level.
The main ground floor is pretty much open plan front-to-back, with small entrance hall, a guest WC and a cloakroom, and overall condition is very good. It’s a modern build, with a decent B3 BER, with gas heating.
The basement, plus lobby, is accessed from the rear utility room and is described by Norma Healy as “a bonus in any family home.” Windows at the lower level are small, though, and high up, sort of letterbox in style.
VERDICT: Different from the humdrum, ideal for those who want to live in the thick of it, yet in a pretty quiet set-back in the heart of Ballincollig.
The Square, Ballincollig
Size:122 sq m (1,310 sq ft)
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