Lord Alderdice selling up prior to leaving Northern Ireland for England
Former Alliance leader John Alderdice has spoken about why he is leaving Northern Ireland, saying he feels it is now time to move on.
Lord Alderdice (62) and his wife Joan have placed their stately Victorian home in east Belfast on the market as they prepare to move to England.
He explained his decision as being down to both work and the fact that most of his family are now based across the water.
The former Assembly Speaker said: "Joan and I have decided to sell our house in Belfast, and after 34 years in the same place and with all the attachments to the people and place where we lived, worked and brought up our family, it is going to be a rather substantial upheaval.
"However, our three children all moved to England and Scotland some years ago and they are all married, with their own homes and families there, and in the kinds of jobs which would not easily transfer to Northern Ireland in the future.
"As grandparents, Joan and I want to be able to travel more easily to see our children and our five grandchildren."
The peer hopes to relocate to Oxford where he has set up the Centre for the Resolution for Intractable Conflict (CRIC) based at Harris Manchester College. His family home on the Knock Road - a short distance from Stormont in one of the leafiest areas of the city - dates back to 1890.
The property, described by an estate agent's website as "one of the finest examples of an Victorian Gentleman's residence available on today's market", includes extensive period detailing and high ceilings.
It includes five bedrooms, a feature stained glass atrium, oak panelled dining room, an extension to the rear and a large mature garden.
There are also some personal touches evident in the marketing photographs, including a wine cellar and the upper floor of a garage converted into a comfortable office with book lined walls.
It is currently on the market for offers around £675,000.
Lord Alderdice added: "Our home at Knock Road has been a marvellous place to live, to bring up our family and to entertain friends, and I note that Ballyhackamore has recently been recognised as one of the most desirable places to live in Northern Ireland - something that those of us who live there have known for a very long time."