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Property: An old classic brought right up to date

Beulah-Anne Sinton
24 May, 2018 01:00

Sometimes the old models are the best. 

Indeed mere days ago, we saw a very James Bond-esque Duke of Sussex whisk his equally glamorous bride off into the sunset driving an electric version of the iconic 1968 Jaguar E-Type.

Quickly hailed “the world’s most beautiful electric car”, it combined the stunning good looks of the original with the latest technology to produce a classic car for the modern ages.

This property, ‘Carrickfinn’ at Broomhill Park, just off Belfast’s Malone Road, does something kind of similar. 

Constructed in 1926 it enjoys all the charm and grace of the era in which it was built, fitting into its surroundings beautifully. Yet, and to keep the motoring theme going, look under the bonnet and you will soon see a raft of updates to guarantee its appeal and ensure its practicality for generations to come.

The property was designed by renowned architect Anthony Lucy and is advertised as an “Arts and Crafts” style residence enjoying a prime location in one of the finest parks in Belfast. 

Set within a conservation area, this mature leafy setting benefits from more privacy and seclusion than most addresses in the city while its location also makes for easy access to the city centre, Lisburn Road, motorway networks and leading primary and grammar schools that rest in the general area.

Space, and lashings of it at that, goes without saying here at number nine. It enjoys five bedrooms, a formal drawing room, a sunroom and typical of its era wood panel walls, magnificent fireplaces, bay windows and a mammoth offering of lovely little nooks and crannies which all combine to make this property a fine example.

However those are just some of the more obvious features. It is the not so obvious features that make number 9 Broomhill Park a truly memorable and unique property. 

These include a large extension added in 2010 to facilitate a contemporary kitchen, living and dining area overlooking the property’s stunning gardens, a new rosemary tiled roof and the addition of cavity wall insulation. Then there’s the wonderfully stylish terrace belonging to the master bedroom. However it is the separate two bedroom annex which is perhaps the most surprising feature. 

It is sublime in its own right with plenty of talking points including an antique hand painted stained glass window depicting Carrickfergus Castle. It is not only beautiful but functional and the advantages of owing an annex such as this are too many to mention and perhaps, already evident. And it is by no means an afterthought but a highly practical and independent addition enjoying lavish greenery and even a detached garden room. 

Number 9 offers much more than a roof over your head, it’s a way of life and a truly beautiful sanctuary in the city. And although I’m not entirely sure you would even want to leave these mature gardens on a sunny Saturday or Sunday morning, you could always take a stroll along the nearby Lagan Tow Path or enjoy a leisurely round of golf at one of the many clubs nearby if you did fancy a change of scenery.

However no matter where your travels might take you, a coffee in the sunshine and a scone adorned with handpicked raspberries from your own kitchen garden at Carrickfinn will always taste the best.

For more information, call Simon Brien’s Lisburn Road branch on 028 9066 8888.

24 May, 2018 01:00 Move in

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