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For sale: NI terrace home full of Hollywood glitz


By Leona O'Neill

If you're in the market for a new house that screams Hollywood glamour and hollers designer 'wow factor', one Belfast estate agent has the perfect property for you.

Hidden behind the modest facade of 27 Donard Street is an unashamedly vibrant and unique treasure trove of designer-standard decor.

Tucked in off the Ravenhill Road, the house boasts a Warhol-inspired living room complete with a champagne bar, a Versace kitchen, a Ralph Lauren bathroom which includes the star-spangled banner, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a spa room and a waterfall bath worth £25,000.

The house is currently on the market for £104,950.

From the street, this very ordinary mid-terrace home blends in well with the suburban surroundings, but once through the door, it boasts colour, style and sparkle that would rival any Hollywood mansion.

Owner Jacqui Malcolm (40) says she has spent nearly £100,000 decorating her home to her taste.

"I bought the house nine years ago," said the mum-of-one.

"When I moved in here there was flowery wallpaper everywhere. I've spent time doing it up how I like it. I have always had a flair for art and I have done interior design courses. I have designed a few houses so far, I'm just starting off but interior design is what I want to do for a living.

"My living room is bright and vibrant. I don't like dark colours, they reflect the mood. I like things lively. I've a huge 3D Warhol mural which I love and I have a bar which has rows of champagne glasses that light up.

"My kitchen is all Versace, everything from the wallpaper to the marble table is Versace. I have huge throne chairs and a 24-carat gold-plated insert with a Medusa's head on the top.

"My bathroom is Ralph Lauren-themed and my bedroom is all Biba designs and has a huge unit with two plasma TVs in it that cost £26,000.

"I have also turned my conservatory into a spa room. It has a huge waterfall glass bath in it that cost £25,000. Outside I have a Jacuzzi in the garden."

Jacqui says she hasn't made her mind up where she's moving to, but she's hoping for a larger abode so she can let her creative flair go wild.

"I haven't really settled on my next house," she added. "I might move outside Belfast, but I do know that I want somewhere that can house a cinema room and a gym.

"I'm already planning the decor. I want it all to have an Italian theme and I've bought a Bonaparte Italian tile mural and I'm looking around for a white and gold grand piano too."

The sales brochure describes the property as a "delightful mid-terrace family home with a fantastic location, just off the Ravenhill Road".

It notes the property is within close proximity to schools, Forestside shopping centre and Belfast city centre.

It adds: "Rarely does a property with such elegant presentation come on to the market, therefore we expect a lot of interest, early viewing is recommended to avoid disappointment."

Jacqui's home is on the market with Northern Estates. View at

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