New life in a luxurious home: Waterford semi-d not done by halves

Trish Dromey takes a virtual tour of a practically rebuilt four-bed1930s house in a highly desirable part of Waterford City
New life in a luxurious home: Waterford semi-d not done by halves

Trish Dromey takes a virtual tour of a practically rebuilt four-bed1930s house in a highly desirable part of Waterford City

Fresh to the upper end of the property market in Waterford city, with a guide of €550,000, comes No 5 Grange Park Road, a four-bed semi which has all but been rebuilt in recent times.

“It’s the last word in luxury with a high-end finish and an Italian ScavoliniScavoloni kitchen,” says Margaret Fogarty of Remax auctioneers, noting that the 1930s built house now extends over 1,800 sq ft of living space, and has an electric gated entrance.

She says it is finished to an extremely high standard, and is in a very sought-after neighbourhood: “It’s within walking distance of Waterford’s premier schools including Newtown College, De La Salle College, and Waterpark College, while University Hospital Waterford and Ardkeen Shopping Centre are also within easy reach.”

The transformation into an ultra modern property took place in 2009. Ms Fogarty says it’s been pretty much rebuilt and has a new roof as well as new windows and doors in addition to an upgraded heating system. Stretching from front to rear at one side of the house is an oak-floored sitting room which has a marble fireplace with a bay window as well as a built-in wine cabinet.

Across at the other side of the property is a kitchen with sleek cream Scavolini units contrasting with blue walls. The owners have mostly kept the decor quite neutral, bringing in colour in the artwork and also using blue as a theme in the furnishings in several rooms.

At the centre of the ground floor there’s a long, porcelain-tiled dining room, and small living area with a blue rug at the rear. To the rear of the kitchen there’s a guest WC as well as a small laundry room.

The upper floor has a contemporary, Italian marble-tiled bathroom and four carpeted bedrooms. The largest bedroom has a bay window, glass-panelled wardrobes, and blue furnishings, as well an en suite with Italian marble tiling and a stylish free-standing bath.

The partly timber-clad property has a graveled parking area at the front, and a west-facing lawned garden at the rear which is enclosed by high hedging. Double doors at the rear of the dining room open out onto a patio area for sitting out. Ms Fogarty says that in the current climate she is not conducting actual viewings, but is offering a virtual tour online in the expectation that this property will impress buyers looking for a high-end trade-up in the city.

Located less than 2km from the town centre, Grange Park is within a ten or15-minute walk from a number of local schools, and is just over 1km from University Hospital Waterford on the Dunmore Road.

The Property Price Register doesn’t show any sales in Grange Park Road at this price level — although a quick look on a popular property website reveals that No 15, a nearby four-bed semi, is on the market with a guide of €490,000, having been reduced from its original asking price of €690,000.

VERDICT: A high-end contemporary property, it’s probably the most expensive four-bed semi in Waterford City.

Grange Park, Waterford: €550,000

    Size: 170 sq m (1,830 sq ft)Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 3BER: CP

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