House of the week: North Circular Rd, Limerick €465,000

With its prestigious address and its elegant interior, this North Circular Rd, Limerick, property called Merebank is likely to attract a good attendance at its first open viewing this morning. 
House of the week: North Circular Rd, Limerick €465,000

The decor of the semi-detached, four-bed house is tasteful and stylish — it won’t be a huge surprise for viewers to discover that it was given a makeover by an interior designer.

Retaining original features such as cornicing and flooring, the 1940s-built property has, by a series of different owners, been brought very nicely into the 21st century.

Through the addition by a previous owner of a large single storey extension at the back, it has almost 1,700 sq ft of living space and has acquired a modern, open-plan kitchen, and a utility room also.

The current owner, who purchased Merebank in 2005, says his major contribution was in hiring an interior designer who, two years ago, softened the colour scheme using warm neutrals from Farrow & Ball and from Colourtrend’s Historic Collection.

“In addition to selecting the colours she also chose most of the fabrics and replaced some of the furniture,” he states.

Planning to do more, the owner had a local architect draw up plans to add an extra 600 sq ft of space and turn it into it a double-fronted house.

The planning permission for the two-storey extension has now expired but the drawings are available to a buyer who wants something larger.

The interior designer may have made her most noticeable impression in the front sitting room where she hung paintings of books on the walls and mock book wallpaper in the alcoves.

The library-themed room has a bay window, a cast iron fireplace, original timber flooring and picture rails, and has been painted in Farrow & Ball Joa’s white, a warm neutral with a hint of underlying black.

Except for the front living room, most of the rest of the ground floor space is open plan.

A front hallway leads through to a spacious 24’ long timber-floored kitchen with beech units, granite worktops, and a large centre island.

To the rear, this opens into a sunroom-style dining area with large windows and French blinds.

Off the kitchen at one side there’s a living area with patio doors which was also added on during the extension.

An archway from this leads in to another sitting room which has a fireplace and original timber flooring and cornicing.

On the opposite side of the kitchen there’s a doorway opening into a utility room and a guest WC located at the rear of the attached garage.

On the upper level the house has a shower room and four bedrooms — including one at the front with a bay window, fitted wardrobes, and an attractive cream gold colour scheme as well as a small box room.

Merebank has a front garden with lawn and paved parking with space for four cars as well a long back garden with a Liscannor stone patio.

To the side there’s an attached garage which was earmarked for demolition in the extension plans.

Guiding at €465,000, Merebank is on the market with Sherry FitzGerald O’Malley, which says this is a spacious and tastefully presented home with an excellent address.

“The location is ideal - it’s within walking distance of Villiers secondary school, and both JFL and Salesians primary schools. Limerick Lawn Tennis Club and the city centre are also within easy walking distance,” says Limerick auctioneer Ailbhe O’Malley.

Viewings have started this week and interest is expected from both trade-up and trade-down buyers.

“In the last six or eight months we have seen buyers moving back from Dublin to live in Limerick because of the accessibility of schools. Houses on the North Circular Road are very attractive to these buyers,” adds Ms O’Malley.

As one of Limerick’s better addresses, the North Circular Road is home to some of the city’s highest priced detached houses.

These include the Georgian villa Kicornan which has been on the market since late last year with a guide of €1.65m.

VERDICT: Very well co-ordinated

North Circular Rd, Limerick

Price: €465,000

Size: 157 sq m (1,690 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2 

BER: D2

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