Trading up: A taste of Tuscany

Location: Ballea, Carrigaline
Price: €490,000
Size: Sq m 284 (3,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3
BER rating: C3

The Carrigaline property market stopped its price falls in March of last year, stagnated for most of the rest of 2012, and has been picking up pace and price since then, asserts local agent Roy Dennehy as he prices the large, trading-up buy called Tuscany Lodge at €490,000.

Overall, quality homes in the Carrigaline area are up 12% to 15% from slump, and he says this 3,000 sq ft home on a two-third acre great garden site on the Ballea Road is stunning, and a superb buying opportunity at this level.

The interior of the property has had several upgrades so there’s an overall fresh and modern feel to the two-storey home’s heart, while its setting at the top of a sloping site also gives it a lofty prominence on first approach.

Standing alone from the house, and sort of indicating the level of commitment to the gardens and site’s size and outdoor attractions, is a lofted, double detached garage, while in addition there’s what’s described as a double car-port, but what is effectively another over-sized garage, and both these extra buildings pick up the house facade’s beam touches, more Tudor than Tuscan.

Overall condition is described as impeccable. The house has three reception rooms, big kitchen with range cooker and lots of feature reclaimed bricks are used for a mellow tone, main heating is provided underfloor for even, toasty heat.

There’s a central vac system too, so the spec is pretty up to date.

There’s a sunny patio to the side of the house, and foundations have been put in place for a sun-room/ conservatory here, adds Mr Dennehy.

Upstairs the south-facing (with best garden views) master bedroom has a walk-through space with dressing room, en suite bathroom and attic storage access, and the upgraded main bathroom has a corner bath and separate double shower.

Gardens aren’t just decent sized, but they’re also colourfully planted with heathers, palms, shrubs, with patio and decking, and there’s electric gate access to the grounds.

VERDICT: Tudor look updated to a sunnier Tuscan touch.


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