Rare find on Lim­er­ick’s En­nis Road

This four-bed has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing de­tached with a large gar­den in one of Lim­er­ick’s most sought-af­ter ar­eas

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - 1.2m EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Im­mac­u­late four-bed de­tached Ed­war­dian on 0.6 of an acre Agent: DNG Cu­sack Dunne Lim­er­ick has over the past year wit­nessed a sig­nif­i­cant re­cov­ery from the depths of the prop­erty crash. Kil­cor­nan House, on the much cov­eted North Cir­cu­lar Road, sold last year for ¤2.3 mil­lion – it had been seek­ing ¤1.75 mil­lion.

Both the North Cir­cu­lar and En­nis Roads have long been con­sid­ered the most de­sir­able ad­dresses in the city. Pe­riod houses with large gar­dens within walk­ing dis­tance of the city cen­tre are what make the ar­eas most at­trac­tive.

Spring­dale on the En­nis Road is sure to at­tract at­ten­tion, as it is one of the few de­tached and to­tally pri­vate houses on the stretch.

Its ar­chi­tec­ture is also sig­nif­i­cant, as it was de­signed by Wil­liam Clif­ford Smith: a young Welsh ar­chi­tect who won a com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign one of Lim­er­ick’s best known land­marks – the Shan­non Row­ing Club, which sits on an is­land on Welles­ley Bridge.

He also de­signed another land­mark prop­erty – the town hall in Adare, and all three prop­er­ties share sim­i­lar ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures within the Ed­war­dian arts and crafts style.

What’s more, all of the pe­riod fea­tures at Spring­dale have been im­pec­ca­bly pre­served since its con­struc­tion at the turn of the last cen­tury.

In­deed the cur­rent owner, while trac­ing the prop­erty’s his­tory, man­aged to find the orig­i­nal draw­ings at the of­fices of Newen­ham Mul­li­gan and As­so­ciates – a com­pany which Clif­ford Smith founded when he adopted Lim­er­ick as his home. These, and the orig­i­nal draw­ings for the car­pen­try and fire­places, now grace the walls of the study in the house.

In the 1980s an ex­ten­sion was added by pre­vi­ous own­ers which is de­scribed by the Na­tional In­ven­tory of Ar­chi­tec­tural Her­itage as “al­ter­ations that do not de­tract from the ar­chi­tec­tural sig­nif­i­cance of the prop­erty”.

The house ex­tends to a gen­er­ous 232sq m (2,500sq ft) sur­rounded by 0.6 of an acre of land­scaped gar­dens.

Im­pres­sive

Ev­ery room – in­clud­ing the en­trance hall has a fire­place – the one in the draw­ingroom is par- tic­u­larly im­pres­sive. The orig­i­nal oak par­quet floors are also worth men­tion­ing.

The prop­erty orig­i­nally had five bed­rooms but the cur­rent own­ers con­verted one to add an en-suite and dress­in­groom to the prin­ci­pal bed­room.

At ground level, the house has two in­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms, a study, tele­vi­sion room and the large ex­ten­sion houses a kitchen, liv­ing and din­ingroom.

The cur­rent own­ers pur­chased the house in 2011, for ¤750,000 – when the mar­ket was stag­nant in the city, and they are now in the process of build­ing their “dream pas­sive house around the cor­ner on Clancy’s Strand”. The prop­erty is one of the finest houses on Lim­er­ick’s En­nis Road and on the mar­ket through DNG Cu­sack Dunne with an ask­ing price of ¤1.2 mil­lion.

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