Model place to settle

VERY discreet and tucked away off the Model Farm Road, Highfield Lawn is not just the entrance driveway to the million-euro enclave, Court Cairn, but a desirable residential location in its own right.

Sales are few and far between, but with this week's launch of number 11, Highfield Lawn brings to two the number of houses on the hustings here.

Across the road, a classic, three-bed semi is on offer at €400,000 through Sonya Irwin of James G Coughlan and Associates.

Number 11, however is a different kettle of fish it's hugely, and tastefully extended and comes with upwards of five bedrooms, a range of living rooms and is on offer through Vincent Clinch of F and V Sheahan for offers in excess of €500,000. It's a lived-in family home with good fittings and a welcoming feeling. The main facade is double-fronted with bay windows on both sides broken by a cheery red doorway.

Inside, floors have been stripped back to the original, with maple in the hallway and old pine in the sitting room, which still has a yellow rather than orange tinge. One of the more attractive features of this room is the old deco fireplace, now painted in cream which is a marked change from the usual Victorian reproduction.

Behind is the family room and this is more or less the same size, but it connects to a full, south facing sunroom, with lean-to glass roof.

A right hand side opening leads into the kitchen which is dominated by a large island and while on the small side, is a good square space with everything to hand. The flooring is wide plank maritime pine and units are cream painted with wood highlights.

On the other side of the kitchen is the dining area which completes the room and creates a space of 20' by 15'6": not a bad size. There's also access to the long back garden through double doors from the dining room and the patio.

A utility is off the dining end of the kitchen and off the hallway there's a full bathroom which could be connected to the study on the right hand side of the hallway to make an ensuite, fifth bedroom.

However, that's hardly necessary when you take into account the size of all four bedrooms. Number 11 has also been extended hugely to the back creating a new master bedroom with ensuite, an extra large bathroom, leaving three other double rooms.

The former box room has been runs into the gable-end extension and now has a sleeping area at one side with play area at the other end.

It's hard to imagine there's so much space in this house on a cursory inspection.

The back garden is a dream for young children and the front garden has been given over to gravel parking: this could be landscaped to give a softer impact to the house.

Considering the property is just a few minutes walk to primary and secondary schools and considering the price level just up the street, number 11 should do well, even in the sleepy, pre-Christmas market.

It's also worth noting that a few streets away, Dunorlan, a modern detached house in Laburnum Park, made close to 1.3 million euro when it sold mid-year through Billy Casey of Casey and Kingston. Peter Skuse of Cahalane Skuse is selling no 9 Court Cairn for offers in excess of 1 million.

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