Friday 20 October 2017

Focus on downsizing: Mary McCormack - 'You need that house you feel comfortable and safe in'

Mary McCormack pictured in her Kitchen/Family room at her home in Carpenterstown. Photo: Frank McGrath
Mary McCormack pictured in her Kitchen/Family room at her home in Carpenterstown. Photo: Frank McGrath

Mary McCormack recently moved from one Cosgrave's home, a five-bed detached house, 193sqm, to another, a four-bed, 159sqm, both within Castleknock. "My husband passed away recently. And the house was far too big for me," said the 74 year old. Proximity to family was paramount.

"My daughter Veronica was buying in Bracken Park as well. All my family live around here."

Security concerns had become something of an issue.

"My family were staying with me each night; they used to do a rota. It was a detached house on the corner, and I had a lot of trees. I always felt vulnerable," Mary recalls.

She has no such concerns in her new abode. "I've stayed on my own since I moved here. This is a much more compact house. And so comfortable."

She gave some of her large collection of antique furniture to her children, but has made a feature of what she kept in the front room of her new house.

"Ask yourself is it for you," she advises. "But when you get older you don't need a huge house. You need a house you feel comfortable and safe in. And I feel that here."

She hadn't considered buying a new house, "but when I came in here, I said 'no, I'm having this house'. I got an electricity bill the other day and I couldn't believe it. It wasn't even €2 a day."

Sunday Independent

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