Brief History of James Marr (1839-1913) - Responsible for the 'Twelve Apostles'
Responsible for numerous villas, including the 'Twelve Apostles', James Marr was born on 29th September 1839 at Cambuslang to George Marr and Margaret Gardner. He first appears in the Glasgow Post Office Directory of 1886-87 with premises at 396 Parliamentary Road, Glasgow with his residence at Ben Ard, Prospect Avenue, Cambuslang.
In 1894 he moved residence to Glencairn, Central Avenue, Cambuslang and, in 1896, he moved his business premises to 1 Springkell Terrace, Pollokshields. He built 52 villas in West Pollokshields including what is known locally as the 'Twelve Apostles', the crescent of villas formed by Glencairn Drive, Glencairn Avenue and Terregles Avenue, which were designed by architect Alexander Petrie (c1836-1910). He also built villas on Hamilton Drive, Sherbrooke Avenue and Springkell Avenue as well as Dalkeith Avenue and Fleurs Avenue, Dumbreck.
James Marr moved residence from Glencairn, Cambuslang to Pollokshields in 1901 when his new villa, Marr Lodge, at 101 St Andrews Drive was complete. The villa betrays the hand of Alexander Petrie. James Marr died age 73 on 30th March 1913 in a nursing home at 1 Blythswood Square, Glasgow.
Conveniently positioned minutes from transport facilities and local amenities, 'Glenarrif' is an impressive sandstone, six bedroom detached period villa, which was originally constructed around 1890 on an impressive corner plot. It is a property whose grand stature gives it an equally important title. Known simply as one of the 'Twelve Apostles', one of twelve imposing properties in deepest, leafiest West Pollokshields. Internally, the property has been comprehensively extended, redesigned and reworked in recent years and now offers incredibly versatile family accommodation, over three substantial levels, and has a unique combination of decadence and comfort written all over it.
'Glenarrif' is as unique as it is beautiful. The traditional building has been carefully upgraded both internally and externally, to create fantastic and flexible accommodation, which only a viewing will qualify. The bespoke interior offers a sophisticated living space, with exquisite, restored period detailing including ornate cornicing and rose work, stained glass oriel and bay windows, parquet flooring and fireplaces, which is inherent with a home of this age and character. The owners have also very successfully combined modern with tradition as sunken speakers and control panels can be found positioned around the majority of the interior. Externally, there are "in and out" double gates, which lead to a sweeping driveway and offers ample parking. Access can be gained from here to the integral garage. Trees fringe the front gardens and provide good privacy and seclusion. The fully enclosed gardens are laid mainly to grass, broadly level and, again, fringed with mature evergreens, providing privacy, seclusion and amenity. There are sun-trap areas, which are suitable for garden entertaining, sun lounging and alfresco dining.
The subjects are entered via a vibrant stained glass door at a three arched, red sandstone entrance, which sets the precedence of the style to come. This opens into a large welcoming reception hallway, with staircase off to the upper landing. A beautiful cloakroom/WC is located off the hallway and provides access to the basement. This zone offers potential to convert into further living accommodation if desired (STPP). The lounge is of palatial proportions with both high ceilings and ceiling cornicing. The front and side bay windows help flood the room with natural light and the feature fireplace, with its brass canopy, is the key focal point, which has its own story to tell. During the renovation of the home, the current owners removed the old fireplace and replaced it with a new one purchased from 'Finnies Antiques' in Glasgow. The fire dates back to the 1800's and is said to have been the original fire in the Pinkerton family home in Kilmarnock. The Pinkerton's were the famous detective family who emigrated to America in the 1840's and became the first American private eye agency in Chicago, arresting criminals, the likes of Al Capone. The bay fronted sitting room is a very comfortable room and offers the ultimate in lounging. Here, a deep set oak fireplace and coral stone hearth lie at the centre of the room. A separate and formal dining room, where family and friends can enjoy regal tones, which provides a luxurious dining experience around the feature bay window and fireplace. The 'Christian' kitchen/diner has been fitted (Victorian town-house style) to include a stunning range of cream floor and wall mounted units, with a striking work surface, which provides a fashionable and efficient workspace and is further complemented by tiles in shades of white and china blue. It's certainly a kitchen to be admired, yet it's perfectly functional. The cornicing on the units matches the original cornicing on the ceiling of the rest of the house, as well as the trimming on a solid oak bookcase and computer cabinet, which was specially made for the sitting room. A cream Aga, with a shiny black range, takes pride of place challenging any chef to whip up a storm in what will become the heart of this family home. This zone further benefits from an integrated freezer and double fridge. Steps lead down to an open-plan dining area, which is the perfect spot for more informal gatherings and also offers very interesting views over the gardens from the triple windows to the side aspect. Access can be gained from here into the utility room, which is plumbed for a washing machine and tumble dryer. A personal door opens into the integral garage. To the left of the kitchen, is the family cinema room, decorated in dark, bottle green, perfect for emphasising the sheer electric atmosphere of having your own home cinema. This is the perfect spot to chill out on a wet Sunday afternoon and to settle down with the latest movie and is bound to be a popular spot with all members of the family.
The original staircase leads to the first floor level revealing six, substantial bedrooms, a fantastic family bathroom, three en-suites and a vast feature window. The heavenly and romantic master bedroom is the last word in luxury, with a range of bespoke wardrobes and an oriel window to the side and stained glass bay window to the front, offering tremendous views of the surrounding trees and blue skies. This room further benefits from a four piece en-suite bathroom, with a separate shower cubicle. The remaining five double bedrooms all have space for additional free standing furniture if required. Two of these have en-suite facilities and one of these has a Juliette balcony overlooking the gardens. The four-piece bathroom, with free-standing bath, separate shower cubicle and 'his' and 'hers' wash hand basins, creates the perfect ambience in which to unwind.
A further staircase to the second floor level reveals a fantastic family/games room, which has ample space for a full-sized snooker table.
The specification includes gas central heating and a security alarm for additional peace of mind and comfort.
McEwan Fraser Legal are of the opinion that early internal inspection is absolutely imperative to appreciate the extent, standard and flexibility of accommodation on offer at this asking price and to avoid disappointment of this rarely available Apostle.
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