Tuesday 15 October 2019

All sewn up at this family home on Threadneedle Road in Galway city

Somerset, 13 Lioscarraig, Galway €1.5m

The family room with a fireplace and bay window
The family room with a fireplace and bay window
Somerset is 4,537 sq ft in size

It's such a swanky neighbourhood today that you would never guess that Galway's Threadneedle Road has its origins in the most egregious poverty.

Local sources say the road was built as a Famine relief effort - also supplying an extra link between Salthill and the city - in which needy men worked on its construction and were paid in food. Hence its Irish name, Bóthar na Mine, or Meal Road.

Nowadays there's not a trace of want there. The kilometre-long road joining Salthill to Taylor's Hill is lined with millionaire homes, including those of the Lioscarraig estate on the western side, five minutes' walk from Salthill Prom and the beach.

No 13 Lioscarraig is a house known as 'Somerset' and is at the very end of the estate's cul-de-sac, backing onto Threadneedle Road itself.

Somerset is 4,537 sq ft in size
Somerset is 4,537 sq ft in size

There's a nice big garden, though, separating it from the road.

The house stands on almost two-thirds (0.62) of an acre with mature trees and shrubs, thick hedging, a lawn and patio.

There's no skimping on the interior space either. The house measures a vast 4,537 sq ft on two floors, and all expensively fitted out from the solid wood floors to the surround sound system and classic white kitchen.

The kitchen has a centre island with a breakfast bar and is open-plan to the bay-windowed dining room. From there you can amble into a sunroom with doors to the garden.

There are also two front reception rooms - a bay-windowed family room and a formal sitting room with a fireplace and built-in shelving.

The ground floor also has a playroom, a study, an integral garage and one en suite bedroom. The other four bedrooms are upstairs, two with en suite showers.

'Somerset' is for sale for €1.5m with O'Donnellan & Joyce (091) 564 212.

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