Today the 80’s seem prehistoric. Instead of the iPhone, we had the Walkman and Atari. Being gay was still illegal and access to contraception was a fantasy. The music was a bright spot. Like many others, for a myriad of reasons, I moved to New York. It wasn’t always easy but it was exciting.
Being Irish with property the blood in our veins I soon ended up selling real estate. This was an amazing experience and stoked my interest in interiors and the decorative arts. I started selling lofts in TriBeCa and Soho, moved on to houses and apartments in the Village and Chelsea. When the Plaza Hotel converted to condominiums I sold multiple apartments there. Life was good, I met wonderful people, made many friends but it was stressful and I was ready for a change.
Along the way, I met my Texan husband and we moved to Brooklyn. In the 90’s, the borough was waking up after decades of neglect. We would ride around at night on a motorcycle looking in the windows of fabulous houses, some still with their grand chandeliers, curbside full of weeds. Seeing the transformation of TriBeCa, from abandoned warehouses to a world-class neighbourhood gave me the confidence to buy a house there. Twenty-five years later, Brooklyn is the epicentre of cool, full of creatives, hip shops, and great restaurants.
The Worm Turns
One Christmas, I walked my husband over to the Ennis Road in Limerick by a row of Victorian terrace houses, and I broke it to him that I wanted to come home. I was hoping the houses would seduce him and lucky for me he agreed to take a chance.
Fast forward seven years later, we sold our house in Brooklyn and literally the day after we closed, I got an excited call from my sister.
A house was on the market, on Moyola terrace right on the Ennis Road. She sent me some scary interior pics. It needed a complete renovation but all the original detail was intact. We called the auctioneer, yes we are in America and no we haven’t seen the house. We made an offer and it was accepted.
This is how Irish Girl in Brooklyn was born. We will be blogging the renovation of this old house. Hope you stick around with us and see it through to the end.
Amanda (Irish Girl)