Richard Har­ris’s orig­i­nal Lim­er­ick home

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - 785,000

In the 1930s ac­tor Richard Har­ris swung Tarzan-like from the trees in the gar­dens of Overdale, a tall, ele­gant, early 19th­cen­tury red­brick on Lim­er­ick’s En­nis Road. He went to Cres­cent Col­lege from there, played a lot of rugby and left the house that was his home for worldly fame and for­tune in 1952.

And now that child­hood home, Overdale, is on the mar- ket. The cur­rent own­ers have lived in Overdale for 20 years and, dur­ing the 1990s when they ran a re­treat house, they car­ried out ren­o­va­tions. The re­sult is nine en-suite bed­rooms.

Semi-de­tached, Overdale has three storeys, a sub­stan­tial 325sq m (3,500sq ft) floor space and a lay­out that, bed­room floors aside, is el­e­gantly tra­di­tional with high ceil­ings, a great deal of light and fine orig­i­nal fea­tures all await­ing the next phase in its in­ter­est­ing life.

Agent REA O’Con­nor Mur­phy is seek­ing ¤785,000 for the house set well back from one of Lim­er­ick city’s most distin­guished roads. It would make a fine fam­ily home, or work well as a guest­house. A cop­per beech stands guard by the en­trance gate and the long gar­den to the front has hedg­ing and lawn. The rear gar­den is in lawn and with planted flower beds, a block shed and gated ac­cess to off-street park­ing.

The wide en­trance hall­way is ev­ery much of its time with an or­nate tiled floor, dado rail, cor­nic­ing and soar­ing ceil­ing. The for­mal draw­ing and sit­tin­grooms on this ground floor take light from the front-fac­ing bay win­dow, have slid­ing, glass-pan­elled doors be­tween them, cor­nic­ing and, in both rooms, im­pres­sive black mar­ble fire­places.

A kitchen with pantry, a laun­dry, guest WC and din­ingroom to the rear are rel­a­tively new ad­di­tions. The kitchen and din­ingroom have pol­ished tim­ber floors and gar­den views.

A cou­ple of large bed­rooms and a dress­in­groom off the first floor land­ing could con­vert to a show­piece main bed­room.

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