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16 Captain's Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin 12: €230,000

Published 28/02/2016 | 02:30

16 Captains Avenue, Crumlin: €230,000
16 Captains Avenue, Crumlin: €230,000
2 The Seychelles: €325,000
5 West Road: €250,000
66 Beechwood Lawn: €445,000

As neat and shiny as a new pin, this small but perfectly formed terraced house in Crumlin will suit first-timers looking for a turnkey property within easy reach of the city centre.

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The property has been recently refurbished and is presented for sale at a very high decorative standard, so much so that it would be tempting to buy all the furniture, fittings and appliances as well and move in tomorrow.

It's easier these days to get mortgage approval for houses that have already been refurbished than it is for properties requiring work, so this should be as close to a no-brainer as they come in terms of finance.

Also, it's hard for first-time buyers who are usually working full-time to make themselves available to supervise a renovation project, and that's assuming that they have the expertise to do so. Plus, refurbishing can be stressful - just ask Dermot Bannon!

Captain's Avenue is a mature residential street located close to Crumlin village, Kimmage and Terenure. It's within easy reach of schools, supermarkets, the Ben Dunne Gym Carlisle, and the local library and within a minute's walk of Stannaway Park. It is also within an easy walk of Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children. In addition, there are good public transport links into the city centre.

The house has off-street parking on a cobble-lock driveway and a large 29m back garden, offering the possibility of extending the house in the future if more accommodation is required.

Inside, there's 70sqm of living space that is well-proportioned and designed with the needs of the modern family in mind. The entrance porch leads into a spacious living room and a smart kitchen to the rear. Upstairs, there are two decent-sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property is fully insulated with pumped insulation and the windows are double-glazed. The central heating system is gas-fired, and an alarm system has been fitted, along with all the usual television and telephone points.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 492 2444

East Wall modernised

Refurbished and modernised in 2013, 5 West Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 has a spacious living room, fitted kitchen and downstairs loo, while upstairs there are two bedrooms and a shower room. The main bedroom spans the entire front of the house. The house has double-glazed uPVC windows and gas-fired central heating. All the drapes, carpets, blinds and light fittings, plus the oven, hob, fridge and washing machine, are included in the sale. There's a small yard to the rear. The house is within walking distance of the city centre, IFSC, East Point Business Park, Fairview Park, and Clontarf.

Agent: Quillsen (01) 833 5844

Life’s a beach in Rush

For the price of a two-bed apartment in the city centre, first-timers could opt instead for this detached four-bedroom family home with 150sqm of living space at 2 The Seychelles, Palmer Road in Rush, North County Dublin. The master bedroom is en suite and there are two further bathrooms, plus a living room and sunroom. Located in a family-orientated area, the house is within walking distance of Rush village and the North Beach and has off-street parking and landscaped gardens to the front and rear. Transport links into the city centre are also good, and the house is located close to the M1.

Agent: DNG McKenna Healy (01) 849 1510

Dun Laoghaire debut

This three-bedroom semi-detached family home is located at 66 Beechwood Lawn in Dun Laoghaire and currently has 109sqm of living space, although the south west-facing garden offers the opportunity to extend, subject to planning permission. Downstairs there's a large porch, entrance hallway, living/dining area, breakfast room, kitchen area and utility room, while upstairs there are three bedrooms, the main family bathroom, and a separate loo. The gravelled drive has off-street parking for four cars. The house is close to Killiney Shopping Centre and within walking distance of Dalkey School Project Educate Together NS.

Agent: Hunters (01) 275 1640

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