Cloister is a new classic

THERE are always a large number of underbidders ready to go again for whatever property turns up on Limerick’s North Circular Road.

That’s according to Sherry FitzGerald O’Malley who are currently selling a new, and very gracious-looking property at The Cloisters on this exclusive boulevard.

The development was designed by the Michael Healy architectural firm and includes nine houses in a cul-de-sac scheme built in the early 1990s.

Classic touches abound: the houses have real sash windows, limestone portico and highlights and each house has a large site with plenty of privacy.

In the case of number one, the bones of the property have been fleshed-out to include a cobble-lock driveway, a glass corridor to integrate the detached garage and an interior design input that sees the property come to market in show-house condition.

With 2,600 square feet of space, this is the ideal house for a growing family: well-finished and easy to run, it’s also just a 10-minute walk for the centre of the city and has excellent schools close by.

Priced at 760,000, through estate agent, Des O’Malley, the property is pristine, he says, and re-sales in this quiet enclave are rare enough.

Already there’s an offer of 700,000 and the agent expects this to rise.

as the property has only been on the market a short while.

The vendors’ interest in interior design means they are taking on a larger challenge in their new property, which is in need of refurbishment, hence the sale of number one.

According to Des O’Malley, the drawing room is ‘the jewel in the crown’ of this house: running the full length of the property and it’s decorated in classic style with cornicing and traditional chimney piece.

Recessed lighting, warm peach tones and white painted alcove units, as well as traditional style furniture add elegance to this long room. The end facing the garden has patio doors and a doorway lead through to the main entrance hall.

A guest bathroom is accommodated here and it gives access to the kitchen/diner which in turn, has double doors through to the family room. The kitchen is in hand-painted cream with granite worktops and the centrepiece is a gas-fired Aga in shiny black.

Solid maple floors run throughout both rooms and again, recessed lighting and cornicing are a feature.

The sun room overlooks the rear garden and has inset Velux windows allowing lots of light: this room doubles as a study and is also ideal for entertaining, says the agent.

The sunroom is part of a clever extension of the property that also sees the garage pressed into use as a ‘mud room’, where all the accoutrements of a growing family are stored. The ground floor includes a separate utility and there’s a guest bathroom tucked under the stairs.

The upper level has a bright master bedroom with a larger than average ensuite, including power shower and extensive tiling and a bank of built-in wardrobes runs along one side of this large room. The three remaining bedrooms are all doubles and all come with built-ins.

To the front, number 1, The Cloisters has a neat presentation with mature shrubs and trees offering privacy: the house also overlooks a green. A patio area is to the rear and the 50-foot garden is south-east facing.

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