Starter home: Changes for the better make this home particularly good value

This three-bed terrace house in Ovens, Co Cork, has been extended and upgraded by its current owners, writes Trish Dromey

Ovens, Co Cork €240,000

Sq m 109 (1,175 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

BER: Pending

Since they purchased their brand-new three-bed mid terrace house 16 years ago, the owners of 11 Circle Grange Manor in Ovens have made quite a few changes.

“They built on an extra room at the back, opened up the space to make it open-plan, and added a double-sided glass fronted stove. It now has 1,175 sq ft of space and has been very tastefully decorated,” says auctioneer Brendan Bowe quoting a guide of €240,000.

To the front there’s a kitchen with cream units, porcelain floor tiles and an archway opening into a timber floored dining/living room with a tall modish radiator and a glass fronted insert stove. In the garden lounge at the rear, the other side of the same stove sits on a striking pink chimney-breast. This more recently added room is modern and timber floored with a vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting and a high level of glazing — it has internal windows as well as a huge window and double patio doors at the rear.

The property has a guest WC at ground level and, on the first floor, a bathroom and two bedrooms. The largest bedroom is on the top floor and has slide robes and an en-suite.

To the rear there’s a south-facing paved patio garden with a shed. Out front there’s a communal parking area.

Located within a ten minute drive from shops in Ballincollig, the property is set to attract first time buyer interest, Mr Bowe says: “We sold a similar property without extension for €236,000 two weeks ago, so this one is good value.”

VERDICT: stylishly done


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