Four on the market: Red-bricks in Dublin 4
A choice of four properties currently on the market in much sought-after Dublin 4.
21 Serpentine Ave, Ballsbridge
€1.15m Hunters (01) 668 0008
In the (possibly unlikely) event that you've always wanted to try your hand at hockey and haven't yet, you could set up a base at Number 21 Serpentine Avenue, which is just down the street from Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club, established there in 1922. Number 21 is a mid-terrace townhouse that's 1,894 sq ft in size, with three bedrooms. Two of these are on the first floor, both with en-suites, and one is on the return level and has a dressing room as well. The ground floor has two linked reception rooms - a sitting room and a dining room - both with marble fireplaces, and a good-sized kitchen with double doors to the paved back garden.
23 Brendan Road, Donnybrook
€1m Sherry Fitzgerald Ballsbridge (01) 269 8888
It's said that some of the houses at Brendan Road have interconnecting doors, so that men on the run could escape easily. The street was built by Batt O'Connor, a TD in the 1920s and 30s, who used his home there - Number 1 Brendan Road - to hide money and documents for Michael Collins. Down the road, Number 23 is semi-detached, and presumably not linked to its neighbour. It's divided into four flats but could easily become a four-bedroom home again, with a total floor space of 1,929 sq ft. It's just off Donnybrook Road, about five minutes' walk from the village.
99 Pembroke Cottages, D’brook
€440k Lynam Auctioneers (01) 296 5374
Dublin has several philanthropic housing developments going by the name of Pembroke Cottages, all built on the Earl of Pembroke's estate to house workers. The one in Donnybrook is adjacent to Herbert Park, and consists of several rows of cute but tiny redbrick houses. Number 99 is 495 sq ft in size, although there may be scope to extend a little into the back garden. The front door opens straight into the living room, with the two bedrooms to the left of that, and the kitchen and bathroom are at the back of the house.
13 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge
AMV €2.5m Lisney Leeson Street (01) 638 2700
Number 13 Clyde Road is surrounded by embassies. The Egyptian embassy is next door, the embassy of South Korea is two doors down, and the Moroccan, Kenyan and American embassies are within spitting distance, so you should never be stuck for a Ferrero Rocher. It's a semi-detached, 3,565 sq ft Victorian townhouse in office use, but it might be converted readily enough to a family home. It has five bedrooms on the first floor (one en-suite), three reception rooms on the hall floor, and four more rooms in the basement. Number 13 will be auctioned at Lisney's St Stephen's Green sales room on 30 September, unless it sells before that.