A designer lifestyle in Ballincurra House, Limerick City

Mirabelle was built in 1981 by its architect-owner in a leafy, secluded enclave in Limerick, says Trish Dromey.

A designer lifestyle in Ballincurra House, Limerick City

South Circular Road, Limerick €455,000

250 sq m (2,691 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


MIRABELLE is an unconventional, architect-designed house built on the leafy grounds of Ballincurra House, in a sought-after Limerick City suburb.

The designer and owner is David Thompson, whose architectural practice is within a stone’s throw, at the 19th century Ballincurra House, which was once part of a large, landed estate.

When constructing this family home in 1981, Mr Thompson put in a number of unusual design features,placing the en suite and walk-in wardrobe for the master bedroom on the floor above it, at mezzanine level.

There are also internal windows and balconies, triangular-shaped bay windows, a built-in ladder and a hexagonal-shaped guest WC.

The layout maximises the living areas and minimises hallways and passageways. He maximised heat and light by ensuring that the majority of windows were south- and west-facing.

Entry is via a long pergola, which leads to a front door tucked away under the eaves. This opens into a large, bright, double-height sun-room/hallway with high windows and large Velux windows.

Off the sun-room is a spacious, carpeted living room with large corner windows, and at the rear is a parquet-floored dining room.

On the eastern side of the house there’s a large, cork-floored family room and an L-shaped galley kitchen, which has pine units and appliances. Other rooms include a guest WC and a small utility room.

On the first floor, there’s a bathroom, four bedrooms and a galleried landing above the sun-room. The carpeted master bedroom has a stairs leading up to the en-suite and to the walk-in wardrobe in the attic.

The fourth bedroom has a ladder leading up to a galleried study/playroom on the floor above. In this bedroom, above the hexagonal-shaped ground-floor WC, is a hexagonal built-in desk.

The house has teak double-glazed windows and oil-fired central heating, which is supplied underfloor in the sunroom. It has a D1 energy rating, which is good for a 34-year-old property.

Although the house is very well-maintained, a more modern kitchen may be desirable. With 2,700 sq ft of space, the house offers scope for alteration.

Mirabelle is named for a yellow plum tree that was on the site when the owners bought it. One of seven properties built on the former grounds of Balinurra House, Mirabelle has mature, secluded gardens.

Patios on the south, east and west offer opportunities to sit and to take the sun at different times of the day.

Thirty four years of care and attention have been lavished on the gardens, which are planted with, ferns, shrubs and flowering plants and have a pergola arched with roses and clematis.

The main lawn is at the front and parking is at the rear, with a separate entrance. Situated in Ballinacurra Close, off the South Circular Road, the house is within a short walk of the city centre.

Priced at €455,000, Mirabelle is on the market with Sherry FitzGerald O’Malley, who say it’s quite special for a number of reasons.

“It’s in a small, private enclave of houses, located off the South Circular Road in one of the most sought-after areas in the city. The house is architect-designed and unique and has mature gardens, which make it very private and secluded “ says auctioneer, Ailbhe O’Malley.

Properties in this enclave don’t come on the market often and she says the interest has been very good.

VERDICT: Stylish, bright and different, with nice gardens.

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