Starter homes: Four bedroomed family home with all fittings and furniture

Tommy Barker reports on a family home that is convenient to Cork and east Cork’s beaches and offers all the trappings of a peaceful country living.

THE good life, in an East Cork village by the sea, beckons, at pretty Ballymacoda. And, it’s an affordable package too, at €150,000, with the option to buy the very well-finished private home with all its furniture and contents included for an extra sum.

Thus a walk-in job, it’s almost a swim-in job too as there’s a selection of beaches within a couple of miles at Ballywilling and a harbour at Knockadoon, plus Blue Flag beaches at Garryvoe and Youghal.

Owned by a family whose children have grown and flown, this Main Street, Ballymacoda, home has been upgraded and renovated, but now is primarily used by its owners for holiday rather than full time occupation.

Selling agent Adrianna Hegarty in Midleton notes it’s just 30 minutes from the Jack Lynch tunnel by Cork city and says given Ballymacoda’s school and services “it’s perfect for a young family looking for space, or, for someone looking for a peaceful, country lifestyle, convenient to Cork.”

With a private back garden with side access, this is a surprising 1,500 sq ft four-bed home, with modern gloss kitchen, retiled bathroom, new plumbing and boiler are in place, it has been re-wired, insulation was upgraded, and it has double glazing, getting it a decent D2 BER.

Rooms include a wood-floored hall, carpeted sitting room, carpeted dining room, kitchen/casual dining area, utility, shower room, garden room/study and, upstairs, four carpeted bedrooms with built-ins, and main bathroom.

“It’s in truly beautiful condition throughout,” said Ms Hegarty, adding it is a short drive from the recently sold five-star Castlemartyr Resort and golf club, and village.

VERDICT: Go east.

Ballymacoda, East Cork

€150,000

Sq m 171 (1,850 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER: D2


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