Modernist five-bedroom home ready to tee off
17 Glendine Court, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny, €650,000
When the owner of 17 Glendine Court in Kilkenny wants to play a round of golf, he trundles his trolley out of the basement, walks down the cul de sac, through a gate to Kilkenny Golf Club - and is on the tee in 10 minutes.
"It's heaven for golfers," says his wife.
The house faces on to trees and grass to the front and the manicured greens of the 18th hole to the rear. And it was this ''sylvan setting'', they say, that drew them to the property in the first place. That and its location within walking distance of the centre of the medieval town of Kilkenny.
Architect-designed and built in 1982, No 17 spans three floors that include a basement with an additional 120sqm. "It was a really unique and brave design for suburban Kilkenny at the time," say the vendors, who bought the property in 2013, "but that's what appealed to us because we're not fans of conventional architecture."
Their previous house in Cork harbour was modelled on the famous Fallingwater house by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
They upgraded No 17 when they first moved in, leaving the ''bones'' intact, but changing the internal doors and floors, as well as re-doing the kitchen and bathroom.
The kitchen/dining room is a wonderfully bright and large space of nearly 8.5m long, with glossy, bright-red fitted units and Silestone worktops, integrated Neff dishwasher, Fisher and Paykel multi-function double oven, and Whirlpool fridge freezer.
Both owners are keen cooks and storage and counter worktops have been prioritised, while there is overflow space in a separate pantry that houses their fine collection of china. There is also a utility room, home office, and guest WC. French doors open from the dining area onto a balcony with space for seating overlooking the rear garden. Steps lead down both to the garden and the basement which is fitted out with worktops and shelving, a craft area and a library area.
The family/TV room is to the front of the property and has a wall-mounted gas fire, while the more formal living room is to the rear and features an interesting mezzanine area overlooking the dining area.
The accommodation comprises five bedrooms in total, all doubles. There are three bedrooms on the ground floor, and the first floor contains the master suite with an en suite/dressing room, fitted wardrobes and walk-in shower. A second en suite bedroom looks out to the rear. The family bathroom has a bath and walk-in shower.
"It's not a conventional layout," say the owners of No 17, who have four grown-up children and lots of grandchildren who are regular visitors, "but that works really well for family purposes. It's is very adaptable, very flexible. There is lots of room when the family stays for everyone to have their own space."
The southeast-facing garden was ''a blank canvas'' when they purchased the house. "I loved making a garden that works all year round," says the vendor. "There are a lot of perennials and shrubs, with trees and flowers all year round. It is very peaceful."
The couple had moved to Kilkenny for work reasons and having now retired, are moving to Dublin to be closer to their children. "It'll be a hard act to follow. We'll be sorry to leave the house but from a practical point of view it makes sense."
Both Kilkenny College and Kilkenny National School are a short walk away from No 17, while the town centre is a 20-minute stroll. There is plenty to tempt the appetite there with the Michelin-starred Campagne restaurant, legendary Rinuccini and Royal Spice all local favourites.
The train and bus stations are 2km away, while it's an easy walk to the airport bus stop. Access to the M9 is 10km, while Dublin is a 132km drive.
Size 255sqm + 120sqm basement
5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Agent DNG Ella Dunphy (056) 778 6000
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