Huge interest at DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard open viewings

Leading Galway property expert DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard has had record turnouts at all of its open viewings in the past five weeks ahead of its auction this day week in Radisson Hotel.

Next Thursday, April 17, sees the agency bring a total of eight lots to the auction floor in its Easter 2014 auctions. Speaking this week, auctioneer James Heaslip commented: “We always have a large turnout at our open houses, but this latest auction has surpassed any of our previous viewings. While we are fully aware that the market is on the up, we also believe that our professionalism and knowledge of each lot is certainly a factor which encourages viewers to each property.

“We were delighted with our March auction, with nine out of the 11 lots selling on the day,” Mr Heaslip said. “While there is a real appetite for value in the current market, buyers know that we generally price properties right and are aware the we are professional in our approach. As a result, we are now unique in that we, more often than not, keep our vendors happy and also manage to keep the buyers happy as well – that’s an unmatched formula which we are very proud of.”

No 145 Seacrest, Knocknacarra

The first lot being brought to the market is a semidetached house located in the very desirable, mature, and accessible area of Seacrest in Knocknacarra. The property is in a quiet cul-de sac of only 14 similar houses, that all overlook a green. It is sure to attract first time buyers and owner occupiers given its excellent location and with all amenities such as playground, Joyce’s Shopping Centre, church, city bus route, and Knocknacarra National School all within walking distance. This property has a spacious and bright sitting room with a bay window, a kitchen/dining room, and utility room with guest toilet all on the ground floor. Also on the ground floor and located just off the entrance hall is playroom/study/office. Upstairs is complete with three double bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes, master en suite that is fully tiled, and a bathroom. Open viewing takes place Wednesday and Saturday from 3pm to 4pm. No 145 Seacrest is guiding a very realistic AMV of €190,000. The solicitor with carriage of sale is Norman Fitzgerald, Purdy Fitzgerald, Kiltartan House, Forster Street, Galway.

Corrandulla, Co Galway

This wonderful detached residence in the countryside of Corrandulla with many new neighbouring residences. In excellent condition and given its location, bound to prove attractive, the property has an entrance hall, family room with open fireplace, sitting room with open fireplace, kitchen/dining room with double doors to the family room, and French doors to the rear garden, spacious utility that includes a units for storage, washing machine, dryer and oil burner, wc and whb, and hotpress, and the back door. Both the family room and sitting room are complete with solid oak flooring and bay windows. The entrance hall is bright and spacious due to the front windows and complete with tiled flooring. Upstairs includes four double bedrooms, two en suite, and two with walk-in wardrobes, a bathroom, and a large landing suitable for the inclusion of a staircase to the attic, which is ready for conversion as it is floored, studded, and complete with Velux windows. This house has many attributes, such as ample electric sockets throughout the house, fully tiled en suite, excellent B3 energy rating, detached shed to the rear, hollowcore flooring, oil fired central heating, and zoned heating. This superb property is guiding an AMV of €245,000. The solicitor with carriage of sale is Diorai Ford of John M Ford & Co solicitors, 2 Montpelier Place, Sea Road, Galway, and open viewings will take place every Wednesday and Saturday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm until auction day.

No 4 Lismoyle House, St Augustine Street

We move to the city centre for lot no 3, a spacious first floor two bed apartment going under the hammer. This city centre property is as central as you can get. Located at the back door of the Eyre Square Shopping Centre, this apartment is ideally suited for the astute investor, as it will rent all year round. The building includes 15 apartments in total over three levels. Also, as the apartment was built in the 1990s, it is spacious. The living space is a generous circa 753sq ft and this apartment has an entrance hall, siting/dining room, with a separate kitchenette, two double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, and a bathroom that is fully tiled. It is very bright and spacious (due to the large windows ) and in good condition throughout. This property comes to market guiding an AMV of €120,000. Open viewings will be held every Wednesday and Saturday between 12 noon and 1pm. The solicitor with the carriage of sale is Byran Armstrong of Hegarty & Armstrong solicitors, Top Floor Millennium House, Stephen’s Street, Sligo.

Waterview, Turloughmore

This country dormer house is an ideal opportunity to acquire excellent value property in the village of Turloughmore only 14 miles from Galway city. This property was built in 2002 and sits on a c0.5 acre landscaped site. The property has four/five bedrooms — one room currently used as a bedroom could easily be converted to a ground floor bathroom or could be used as an office/playroom. The master bedroom, located on the first floor, includes a walk-in wardrobe and en suite. The main bathroom includes an electric shower. The ground floor accommodation is complete with a kitchen, utility room, sitting room, and dining/family room. This spacious house would make a lovely family home. It is located just off the main Roscommon/Galway road, with many neighbouring properties nearby. The guide price for this property at Waterview is a very modest €110,000. The solicitor with carriage of sale for this property is Michael Smyth of FG Phelan & Co solicitors, Davitt Place, Swinford, Co Mayo, and open viewings will be held on Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm.

Back to the city centre for lot 5, a semidetached property that is sure to attract lots of attention from both owner occupiers and investors. No 6 St Helen’s St is adjacent to the junction of Helen St and St Mary’s Rd at Cooke’s Corner, and is a very short walk from NUIG, UHG, and a raft of amenities. With c1,500sq ft of living space this three/four bedroom house has huge scope for renovation which would create a very special home. Although living here you may not need a car to move around the city, there is provision for off street parking which is a huge bonus. As this house it is set back from the street, this affords an added privacy factor and the southwest facing rear garden has lovely light.

This property has been rented for some time and has had oil fired central heating fitted, so it could easily, with minor upgrading, be lived in as is. The area here has seen resurgence in owner occupier buyers and early viewing here is well advised. Open viewings for 6 St Helen Street will be held from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday. The AMV for No 6 St Helen’s Street is set at €160,000. Sean Foy of Foy & Co solicitors, 2 Cuil D’ean, Altamount St, Westport, is handling the carriage of sale.

No 72 Dun na Mara, Renmore

Lot no 6, located in one of the most popular residential areas of the city, is a top quality semidetached home at Dun Na Mara, Renmore. Built by McInerney Construction in the 1970s, Dun Na Mara embodies all that is good about housing estates of this time. Three spacious bedrooms, ample front and rear gardens, an integral garage, on a cul de sac with no through traffic are just some of this features that are sure to attract both owner occupiers and investors. With schools, shops, the Bons Secours hospital, and GMIT all a very short walk away every amenity is close at hand. There is the added advantage of acres of playing fields just at the end of the street to keep the children busy. Number 72 has many extra features including full double glazing, insulation, and the garage which could easily be converted to additional family space. With a guide price of €170,000, open viewings for 72 Dun Na Mara will be held on Wednesday and Saturday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Ciara Lennon of RDJ Glynn solicitors, Long Walk, Galway, is looking after the carriage of sale for this property.

Corcullen, Moycullen

The penultimate lot is a substantial family home in a lovely area just 9km from the city centre. Corcullen is a rural setting between Galway and Moycullen that is within easy reach of the city and is quite a short commute to both NUIG and UHG. This property, which stands on an elevated site of c 0.5 acre, has been substantially built and has been first fixed electrical and plumbing and will require completion. With a floor area of 2,450sq ft this property is very spacious and has five bedrooms, two en suite, a fine kitchen/dining room, two living rooms, and a separate conservatory. High quality PVC windows and doors are fitted throughout and the boundary walls are faced with cut stone. Although the property will need to be landscaped this, according to the agent, affords a buyer to buy at exceptional value and to complete the finishes to your own specification to create a high end family home. Open viewings for this property at Corcullen, which guides an AMV of €180,000, will take place on Wednesday and Saturday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Phillip Ryan of MacSweeney & Co solicitors, Liosmoyle House. St Augustine St, Galway, will handle the carriage of sale.

House and c8.5 acres of land, Middle Third, Maree

The final lot of the day consists of a bungalow standing on c8.5 acres of top quality agricultural land. Fronting on to the estuary at Ardfry peninsula, this is a spectacular holding that rises sharply away from the road with superb views over the surrounding countryside. Rinville Sailing Club and Galway Bay golf and Country Club are a short distance away, as is the ever expanding town of Oranmore. Located at what is known as Middle Third, this has been a small family farm holding and is now being offered for sale by the executors to the estate. The four bedroom modern bungalow is in excellent order and sits on a beautiful elevated aspect overlooking the bay. The house has all facilities and includes a rain collecting tank which services the house along with a local mains water supply. In addition there is a standalone block built garage adjacent to the house. The surrounding 8.5 acres is excellent quality agricultural land which was in tillage until recent times and comes with a steel frame shed and store of c180sq m. This could be converted into stabling, or indeed would make an excellent workshop. Viewings for this fantastic holding, which is guiding and AMV of €380,000, must be made by prior appointment with the agents who will be happy to facilitate you. Ciara Lennon from RDJ Glynn of Long Walk, Galway, is acting for the vendors here and happy to arrange title documents for potential buyers.

The auctions take place on Thursday April 17 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lough Atalia, at 3pm.

Full details may be obtained by contacting the agents on 091 565261 or view details online at


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