Exclusive Galway address
St Michael's, Averard West €1.8m
There appear to be two houses called Averard on the second edition (1898) Ordnance Survey Map of Galway, and they're across the road from each other.
If this was not a mistake on the cartographers' part, it suggests some deeply unfriendly rivalry might have been in evidence. You picture the entrenched occupants of the two Averards not speaking to each other for generations, receiving the others' post by mistake and refusing to return it, and trying to outdo one another with the latest in motor cars and what have you.
One of the two is now called St Michael's, and while there are countless other houses by that name in Galway city, there are none in the immediate vicinity at least, so the former Averard now has all its distinctions - of which their are many - to itself.
St Michael's is one of the handsomest houses in one of the most exclusive addresses in the city - at Averard West, just off Taylor's Hill. It's been carefully refurbished while maintaining its authentic features, and it's on splendid grounds that include the original stone coach house.
The house is 3,500 sq ft with five bedrooms upstairs. Two have en-suites and there's also a main bathroom with a cast-iron bath. From up here you can see south to Galway Bay.
Back on the ground floor there are two main reception rooms, one on each side of the entrance hall. The drawing room is dual-aspect with sash windows and a marble fireplace, while the family room - also dual-aspect - has a cast-iron fireplace. There's also a dining room, currently used as a sixth bedroom. The kitchen has an Aga and double doors to the patio.
The coach house measures just under 300 sq ft, and elsewhere the gardens have Liscannor paving, lawns and flowerbeds with copious planting.
The agent is O'Donnellan & Joyce (091) 564 212 and the asking price is €1.8m.