Clareville, Ennis Road, Limerick €895k
Two doors down from Clareville, at Limerick’s Ennis Road, is Overdale, the old family home of the late actor Richard Harris, which sold a couple of years ago for €715,000.
Clareville, like Overdale, is one of a semi-detached pair and together the pairs form part of a group called Landsdown Villas, built at the turn of 20th century for Limerick’s burgeoning middle class.
These were people who could afford properly grand drawing rooms, a bedroom each for the children and one for the pot, plus space for a few servants – people like the Harrises. It was all a far cry from the Limerick of Frank McCourt.
The houses are all in the same, elaborate style – three storeys high and gable-fronted, with a two-storey bay window and an ornate porch.
They’re set well back from the road with front gardens some 80ft long, and are about half a kilometre from Sarsfield Bridge over the River Shannon, with the city centre on the opposite bank.
Authentic features at Clareville include high ceilings, shuttered sash windows, polished wood floors and marble fireplaces.
Left of the entrance hall are two reception rooms communicating through double doors, each with a fireplace.
At the back of the house is the extended kitchen with an Aga and French doors to the back garden.
The first floor return has a bedroom and bathroom, and the main bedroom, with en-suite and dressing room, is on the first floor proper.
Three more bedrooms are on the second floor, in an overall space of 3,229 sq ft.
The back garden is more than twice as long as the front and has a detached garage and a vehicle exit to Farranshone Road. Some of the neighbours have put up mews houses there.
The agent is Sherry FitzGerald Limerick (061) 418 000 and the asking price is €895,000.