Open plan look a winner

THERE were a lot of houses built in Ballincollig over the last 10 years.

Some were placed peripherally around the new town centre, built on the former Murphy Barracks grounds, and more still were constructed on the western fringe of the former village.

And the reason?

Access via the bypass and south ring network certainly, but also the presence of the EMC Corporation at Ovens which employs 1,600 people directly and about 1.600 indirectly.

And large schemes like Classes Lake and Grange Manor on the outskirts of Ballincollig have directly served this large employment hub.

Set in the countryside near Killumney village, the soft primrose estate has a number of house offerings at the moment and one, a three-bed semi, is fresh inside and out.

No 20 The Green, Grange Manor is very cute – changed at the build stage, it cleverly plays to its strengths and has a fairly open plan layout in what was initially a bog standard semi.

And it’s not showy, it has well-chosen furniture fit for the space requirements and good quality, wide-plank flooring with a clever step up in levels to delineate use. The entrance hallway has been retained, but the rest of the ground floor is open plan, with a living room to the front, a white and red kitchen on the right hand side, and a dining space in the middle leading to a raised living/ TV room which has double doors to the garden.

This is an immaculate and very attractive west-facing mix of lawn and cobble lock paths and patio. The upper floor has a tasteful master bedroom with contemporary wardrobes and an en suite bathroom. The remaining bedrooms are equally well finished, as it the main bathroom.

Selling agent Terence O’Leary of Murray Browne is inviting offers in the region of €265,000 for this neat three-bed.


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