Trish Dromey admires a large modern home in an exclusive area just minutes from Waterford city centre.
Arriving at the upper end of the property market in Waterford city just in time for spring, Quarrymount Woods on St John’s Hill is set to provide a colourful reception for viewers when its tulips come into full bloom.
The owner of the spacious detached property is a keen gardener who has planted spring, summer, and autumn beds to ensure all year round colour.
Sherry FitzGerald Rohan says the well-tended, well-laid out private gardens are just one of a number of selling points for the house which has over 2,100 sq ft of living space and is discreetly tucked away in one of the city’s most exclusive addresses.
It was built in the late 1990s, and is modern and well-maintained by the current owner who downsized here from a larger Georgian property 12 years ago, and is now preparing to downsize again.
The likelihood is that this time around, the four-bed house will be bought by a trading up buyer in search of a family home close to schools and amenities. Auctioneer John Rohan says given its size, location, and condition, it’s a type of property that is quite rare to the market in the city.
Situated off St John’s Hill, at the entrance to Quarrymount, a cul de sac of individually-built detached houses, it has a gated entrance with quite a long tree-lined drive which ensures it isn’t visible from the road.
Raised above the level of the driveway, the house is accessed by a set of steps which leads to the hall door and on to a tiered patio which stretches around to the back.
Through the front door there’s a hallway with a comfortable reception room on either side. One is a large oak-floored drawing with an antique fireplace opening at the rear into a formal dining room on a slightly higher level. The other is a smaller carpeted living room which serves as a TV room.
To the rear is a spacious L-shaped kitchen /dining room which has in recent years been upgraded with grey blue units with granite counter tops and breakfast counter and which has a semi sunroom-style dining area with timber panelling on the ceiling.
Also at the rear is a bedroom with a bay window area which has been turned into a mini office. In this part of the house, there’s also a guest WC and a small utility room.
The first floor has a galleried landing area overlooking the hallway as well as a bathroom and four bedrooms including one with a dressing area and an en suite.
Enclosed by high hedging, there are a third of an acre of grounds with paths, gravel areas and patios as well as flowerbeds, numerous trees, and several statues in addition to a timber archway, a pond and a detached garage. There is, however, not a blade of grass in sight because this has been taken out to make the gardens easier to maintain.
Time saved on mowing seems to have been spent on planting, and the owner says she has a book for the purchaser detailing every one of the 200 or more shrubs and plants that have gone in to the garden.
“Coming up at this time of the year are tulips, daffodils, and bluebells — and there is also a cherry blossom which is just starting to flower.”
Located within a 20-minute walk from Waterford city centre, Quarrymount Woods is close to the local tennis and pitch and putt clubs and is within strolling distance of De La Salle College and Newtown School.
VERDICT: A sizable property with unexpectedly private grounds.
St John’s Hill, Waterford
Size: 200 Sq m (2,150 sq ft)