Its time has come Tr­ish Dromey

On an el­e­gant Vic­to­rian home with a colour­ful his­tory

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It’s hard to be­lieve that this el­e­gant Vic­to­rian prop­erty on Clancy Strand in Lim­er­ick was once at the cen­tre of the city’ s most fe­ro­cious Civil War bat­tle – but it still has bul­let holes on the front wall to prove it.

In July 1922 Repub­li­can forces oc­cu­pied the build­ing along­side it, Strand Bar­racks, and held out against an at­tack by Free State Forces for five days. “Some of the Repub­li­cans tun­neled their way in to this house and de­fended their po­si­tion from the front win­dows up­stairs be­fore climb­ing over the back wall and es­cap­ing,’’ re­veals the cur­rent owner of Cuana Keen who pur­chased in 2003.

Al­though the bul­let holes on the front wall are still shown to pass­ing tour groups, it is the for sale sign which re­cently went up on the late 19th cen­tury house which is now set to at­tract most at­ten­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Diar­muid Madi­gan of M&C Prop­erty, this is “the finest ex­am­ple of a Vic­to­rian pe­riod res­i­dence to come on the open mar­ket in Lim­er­ick in re­cent years.’’ Seek­ing of­fers of €750,000 for the 3,300 sq ft prop­erty, he says op­por­tu­ni­ties to buy some­thing of this cal­i­bre in this lo­ca­tion are rare.

End of ter­race, in a row of three highly in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic red­brick prop­er­ties, it dates from the 1890s and is be­lieved to have at one time be­longed to the Mayor of Lim­er­ick.

With more than a colour­ful his­tory and an el­e­gant Vic­to­rian ex­te­rior to rec­om­mend it, Cuana Keen also has a taste­fully ren­o­vated in­te­rior as well as a sought-af­ter water­front lo­ca­tion within a 10-minute walk from the city cen­tre. When the cur­rent own­ers bought and ren­o­vated it, the house had al­ready been ex­tended.

“Some of the rooms were dark so we opened it up to the light by putting in door­ways and some larger win­dows,” says the owner who put a large front fea­ture win­dow in the at­tic. From this there are un­ob­structed views of the river Shan­non.

“We can see across to St John’s Cas­tle, the Court­house and out on to the trees in the park across the road — in win­ter, when the trees are bare, we can see the Hunt Mu­seum.’’

On the in­side the prop­erty has main­tained some orig­i­nal fea­tures and has ten foot high ceil­ings with cor­nic­ing and win­dows with orig­i­nal shut­ters. Lay­ing cream car­pets through­out the house, the own­ers have dec­o­rated in pale and neu­tral colours and put chan­de­liers in most of the re­cep­tion rooms. Be­hind one of the front bay win­dows is an el­e­gant sit­ting room and a set of fold­ing dou­ble doors lead­ing through to a study with fit­ted book­shelves. Be­hind the sec­ond bay win­dow is an equally el­e­gant draw­ing room with an arch­way lead­ing through to a for­mal din­ing room.

In an ex­ten­sion at the rear is a large mod- ern kitchen break­fast room with con­tem­po­rary high gloss cream units and an ex­tra long over counter win­dow with gar­den views. At one side there’s also a small util­ity room.

Up­stairs there are four bed­rooms, three en suite – all dec­o­rated in neu­tral shades of cream and beige and fin­ished with flo­ral cur­tains. In a rear ex­ten­sion there’s a mod­ern bath­room with a stand-alone bath, cream tiles and walnut pan­el­ing.

In the at­tic there are three rooms in­clud­ing one at the front with a large fea­ture win­dow.

The prop­erty has a pri­vate laneway with elec­tric gates at the side for park­ing and at the back, en­closed by old stonewalls, a gar­den with a pa­tio, a lawn and a colour­ful mu­ral painted by a tal­ented au pair.

VER­DICT: A cen­trally lo­cated, spa­cious, el­e­gant prop­erty with a colour­ful his­tory.

Clancy Strand, Lim­er­ick €750,000

Size: 306 sq m (3,300 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 4 Bath­rooms: 4

BER: D1

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