Modernist in the Marble City
Designed in the modernist style, the light filled 17 Glendine Court, is for sale for €445,000 writes Donal Buckley
After nine years living in one of Kilkenny's most unapologetically modernist homes, the Molloy family are on the move.
Rosylyn's husband wants to be closer to his job in Dublin and is hoping this will also mean the time saved commuting can now be spent with his four young children.
But they will miss their unusual home at 17 Glendine Court.
"It may seem strange to have chosen such a modernist house to live in considering one of the attractions of Kilkenny is its medieval ambience," Roslyn says, "but we just loved its abundance of light which made a spacious home seem even more spacious and was ideal for a growing family."
Its floor area extends to 280sqm and the house is priced at €445,000.
Before it could be built in 1980, it required a special meeting at Kilkenny's planning authority.
"Yet another advantage is that it wears its age well, and still looks newer than some houses built 30 years afterwards," she says.
The installation of new Rationel windows from Denmark and new insulation in all the roofs ensures that its environmental credentials are equally up-to-date.
It has two sitting rooms, five bedrooms, two studies and a 27-foot long kitchen as well as two bathrooms, a utility room and a small guest room.
It also comes with a five-bay wine cellar and a large basement that offers plenty of storage as well as scope for expansion should the new occupants want to extend.
While the house may look modern, it is built on a traditionally large plot that is part of a small estate of two dozen houses within walking distance of the city centre.
It's also just a stone's throw from the 400-year-old Kilkenny College and a well regarded primary school. Kilkenny golf club backs onto the garden and ensures views of the countryside to the rear.
The house has been built around uninterrupted views of the countryside to the back and a pleasant green to the front.
When her husband Tom worked in the Marble City he walked to work in the city centre every day while the family's children walk to the near-by school.
With the owners moving to Dublin after nine happy years in the house, Glendine Court offers an opportunity to buy a large and contemporary family home in turn-key condition close to Kilkenny's charming centre.
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