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Uninterrupted views over Oranmore Bay



No. 159 Bluebell Woods, Oranmore.

With a fine collection of 70 properties for sale by public auction on May 4, O’Donnellan & Joyce have one residence that stands out and is sure to attract attention – 159 Bluebell Woods in Oranmore.

Situated in a well-established development on the shores of Oranmore Bay, an inlet of Galway Bay, Bluebell Woods is within strolling distance of the village centre and all the services it has to offer such as schools, church, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Nearby amenities include Galway Bay Sailing Club and Galway Bay Golf Resort at Renville, Maree where nature and outdoors enthusiasts can also enjoy long woodland trails at Renville Park. All these attractions make Bluebell Woods an appealing place to live.

Number 159 is a six-bed detached house with uninterrupted panoramic views overlooking Oranmore Bay.

Constructed to a very high standard, its extensive accommodation encompasses some 2,472 sq. ft. This property comes to the auction market with builder’s finish, giving its new owners plenty of scope to put their own personal finishing touches to it, making this an exceptional family home.

The accommodation comprises an entrance hall, formal sitting room, additional lounge room, kitchen, dining room, guest toilet, family room to rear and a separate utility room.

On the first floor are six bedrooms (two of which are en suite) and a main family bathroom. The property has gas fired central heating, is west-facing and not overlooked to the front. It comes with a paved driveway providing ample parking for 3 or 4 cars.

To the rear, the garden is private and south-east facing, getting morning and early afternoon sun.

The Advised Minimum Value is €425,000. The BER Rating is C2. There are open viewings on Thursdays and Saturdays from 4pm to 5pm. For further information, contact O’Donnellan & Joyce at 091 564212.

Connacht Tribune

Small fall in house prices



Conall MacCoille...grim picture for homebuyers.

Property prices in Galway have bucked the national trend by falling during the quarter, according to the latest Property Report.

The report for Q4 2021, in association with Davy, shows that the median asking price for a property in the county fell slightly by €25,000 over the quarter to €259,975. However, this still means prices have increased by €9,975 compared with this time last year.

Asking prices for a three-bed semi-detached house in the county rose by €6,000 over the quarter to €245,000. This means that prices in the segment have risen by €10,000 compared to this time last year.

Meanwhile, the asking price for a four-bed semi-detached house in Galway stayed steady over the quarter at €285,000. This represents a year-on-year decrease of €3,000 in the segment.

There were 797 properties for sale in Galway at the end of Q4 2021 – a decrease of 15% over the quarter.

The average time for a property to go sale agreed in the county after being placed up for sale now stands at just over four months. In the city, it is just over two months.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at Davy, said that, nationally, the findings of the report painted a grim picture for prospective homebuyers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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People will be green with envy at this charming home



The Green House in Minna, Indreabhán.

DNG Martin O’Connor Estate Agents are handling the sale of ‘The Green House’, a charming four-bed detached residence located in a private setting a short distance off the Connemara Coast Road west of Spiddal.

The Indreabhán area in recent years has attracted a lot of interest due to major road improvements, quality blue flag beaches every few miles, the popularity of the Irish language and much more. The entire area is well serviced with excellent community amenities, shopping facilities as well as good employment opportunities.

This very distinctive property has been carefully planned and immediately upon entering, you will be struck by the light-filled accommodation which comprises a welcoming and spacious kitchen/dining area leading onto a spacious hallway. Connected to the kitchen is a multipurpose room which is currently used as a den, it has many potential uses. Next to this is the spacious utility room which offers excellent storage.

Directly across the hall is the comfortable living area which overlooks the front the front garden, it is complete with feature solid fuel stove and good quality flooring. The remaining ground floor accommodation consists of two bedrooms and a shower room. Both bedrooms have the benefit of  an extra room area where the rear bedroom has provision for an en-suite and the front bedroom has provision for a study, nursery or playroom.

Upstairs are two further good sized double bedrooms, one boasting a walk-in wardrobe, while a large office/walk-in dressing room can be found in the second bedroom. A family shower room and hot press completes the first floor accommodation.

Externally, the grounds are mainly laid to garden with a large parking area to the rear. The gardens over the years have been well planted with native trees and fruit trees. There are two storage sheds to the rear of the house. The hardcore fill for a large garage have been laid for which planning was granted with the house. The site is extremely private with a lovely patio area to the front.

In a wonderful secluded setting the property is bursting with potential and only on viewing can one appreciate it uniqueness.

The asking price is €375,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact DNG Martin O’Connor on 091 866708.



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300 new homes to be built in the city



An artist's impression of the new 'maolchnoc' development in Knocknacarra.

Galway-based development company, O’Malley Construction, is planning to build 300 new homes on a recently-purchased landbank on the western side of the city.

Work has begun on the first phase of Maolchnoc (meaning round topped hill), which will eventually comprise a total of 242 homes on a 15-acre site opposite Fana Buí on the Upper Ballymoneen Road in Knocknacarra.

Part of the overall 23-acre tranche of land is reserved for the N6 Galway City Ring Road and further north of that, O’Malleys have sought planning permission for 58 homes on four acres.

The development firm confirmed that it recently completed the purchase of the land for an undisclosed sum – it was put on the market earlier this year with an €11.5 million price tag.

The site acquisition was funded with support from Pearl Residential Equity Fund and Activate Capital with O’Malley Construction having been advised by the Ernst & Young Debt Advisory Team, who specialise in advice on debt and raising capital.

In October 2019, An Bord Pleanála granted permission for 242 units on the 15-acre portion of the lands and the company has now started construction on the first phase of houses.

A spokesperson told Tribune Property: “This new development will include three- and four-bedroom houses in terraced and semi-detached designs.

“There will also be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroomed apartments and duplex units that will suit a range of buyers along with a crèche, two retail units and a community centre.”

O’Malley Construction has built many developments in Galway and Dublin over the past 50 years and has recently completed residential schemes in Galway such as Réileán, Tuairín and Cúirt Bhoirne, which are all located at Roscam, on the east side of city. The Cúirt Bhoirne project is currently under construction.

The company has also just finished a large residential development at ‘Ardilea Crescent’ in Clonskeagh, South Dublin, which included 27 houses and 75 apartments.

The name approved for their newest development in Knocknacarra is ‘Maolchnoc’, meaning round topped hill, as the site is located on an elevated site on the Upper Ballymoneen Road at the top of Ballyburke townland. The location is within 5km of the city centre.

The spokesperson said: “One of O’Malley Construction’s hallmarks is the treatment of communal and open spaces. This new development will be no different with generous areas of open landscaping provided along with the playgrounds and amenities.

“Maolchnoc is adjacent to residential amenity lands and will include the restoration of a greenway that will help link various local housing estates and roads in terms of cycling and pedestrians.”

No details on prices or launch dates are available yet, but interested parties can register their interest in the development by contacting O’Malley Construction directly on 091 509970 or the sales agents, O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers on 091 564212.

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