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4 of a kind

4 of a kind: Second-hand homes that you can walk into right away

All you’ll have to do is unpack.

BUYING A SECOND-HAND home in turnkey condition has several advantages. First of all, new owners don’t have to busy themselves with decisions around flooring, storage and tiles, for example. These homes are move-in ready so you’ll save the time, effort and costs associated with renovating.

So, this week, we’ve found four turnkey homes across the country that are sure to minimise the hassle of moving house. 

Killarney, Co Kerry – €750,000

Dunboy House is a four-bed detached home that spans 189 m² and is conveniently located within walking distance of Killarney town centre and Killarney National Park. Built in the 1930s, and renovated in 2012, this energy-efficient home has a B1 energy rating. The property sits on .3 of an acre and has a mature front and back garden. The front patio faces south.

The interior is bright and well-designed and the living spaces are warm and inviting. The kitchen, dining room and living room all have doors out to the garden. The property has oil-fired heating with radiators and thermostats, solar panels. And of the potential four bedrooms, three have their own bathrooms. There is no shortage of space in this home as there is also a roomy detached shed on the site.

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 Glounthaune, Co Cork – €825,000

2 Tower Hill is a four-bed, three bathroom home with a floor area of 211 m². Sitting on .8 of an acre that has picturesque views over Glounthaune and the estuary, this A-rated property was built in 2016 and is filled with high quality finishes including double glazing throughout, granite worktops and great appliances. The house comprises an open plan kitchen, dining, and living area with plenty of natural light and countryside views. 

All four bedrooms have dual aspects so they are bright as well as spacious. The main bedroom is complete with an en suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. The attic is floored and easy to access thanks to a Stira. The home is just 6 miles from Cork city, so it is close to essential amenities, schools and public transport options. 

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Ballycullen, Dublin 16 – €620,000

A four-bed home with four bathrooms, this semi-detached house in Dodderbrook Wood, spans a generous 154 m². This was the show home for the estate so it’s in great condition and has a BER of A3. The interior has been professionally designed. The driveway provides parking for two cars, and the back garden, accessed from the side, features a lawn and Italian porcelain patio for outdoor dining. 

The house comprises an entrance hallway, living room, open plan kitchen with a dining area, a utility room and a guest toilet. There are three double bedrooms and one single bedroom. Two have their own bathrooms while the others share the main family bathroom. It’s located on a peaceful cul de sac at the base of the Dublin Mountains and near plenty of transport options. 

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Balgriffin, Dublin 13 – €510,000 

24 Parkside Court is a three-bed semi-d that has a floor area of 110 m². Built in 2018, the house is energy-efficient with an A3 rating thanks to solar panels on the roof. Its location is ideal for families, with a nearby playground, schools and handy transport links. The interior is filled with natural light through its large windows. The ceilings are high and the rooms are modern. The kitchen has ample storage and integrated appliances.

On the ground floor, you’ll find an entrance hall, guest toilet, lounge, kitchen with dining area and a utility room. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, including a main with an en suite bathroom, a family bathroom and an additional storage room. The windows are double-glazed windows and the heating is gas fired. A burglar alarm and a Heatmiser Neo system for temperature control are already set up. Two off-street parking spaces, a front garden, and a west-facing rear garden with a shed complete the outdoor space. 

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