Trading up: Ballinhassig, Cork €350,000

Sq ft 1,850 plus 850 sq ft office
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
BER Rating: D2

This mansard-roofed five-bed family home has been family-owned for 40 years - but, now it’s downsizing time for the property on an acre and a half, just a few miles west of Cork city.

And, not only is there a respectable 1,850 sq ft in the main house, there’s a steel home office/shed as well with another 850 sq ft of useful space for a new family of occupants.

Location is along the road at Barretts Hill, Ballinhassig, and thus about a 15 minute spin from the western suburbs, and auctioneer Trish Stokes of Lisney guides at 350,000. She says the gardens have matured over the decades, with good privacy, especially around the sit-out patios. The back portion of the ground is described as wild-flower meadow, and leaving unnecessary lawn areas ‘go to seed’ is a maintenance saver, as well as friendly to wildlife.”

Rooms inside include a lounge, a family room off the open

plan kitchen/dining room with Rayburn as well as electric back-up, and utility, plus guest WC.

All five beds are upstairs, and there’s one concealed en suite, plus main bathroom, with extra head height gained at room edges thanks to the mansard roof.

VERDICT: The home office is a good, solid extra space.


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