Friday 9 December 2016

Four of a kind in Portobello

73 Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8 €750,000

Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30

4 Portobello Road, D8
4 Portobello Road, D8
73 Heytesbury Street, D8
40 Bloomfield Ave, D8
9 Kingsland Parade, Dublin 8

Sunday Independent Property rounds up four similar homes on the market in Portobello.

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Home on Heytesbury Street

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Right now, Dublin 8 is one of the city's most desirable post-codes, and Portobello is where everyone wants to live. It's easy to understand why. You're within walking distance of the city centre and could get around on foot or by Dublin City Bike.

You're 15 minutes' walk from Grafton Street and St Stephen's Green. But there's no need even to venture that far, because Portobello pretty much has it all when it comes to shops and restaurants.

Camden Street is home to proper food shops such as Liston's, and there are small butchers and vegetable shops too, the kind that everyone wants to live nearby.

When it comes to places to eat, the residents of Portobello are spoilt for choice. As rents and key money have grown too expensive for independent restaurateurs in the area around South William Street, many of the city's most exciting new restaurants have opened here. On Camden Street itself there's Pickle, the best Indian restaurant in the city, bar none, Delahunt, and new arrival Hang Dai, while the tiny Assassination Custard at the junction of Heytesbury Street and Kevin Street is a budget-friendly lunchtime spot. There's Bibi's cafe, Bastible, Gaillot & Grey ... the list goes on. There's even a cafe that caters for dogs: Pupp on Clanbrassil St.

And for the new owners of 73 Heytesbury Street, there's the possibility of living on the doorstep of all these delights, in a substantial double-fronted period home with 193sqm of living space and off-street parking to the rear. No 73 is currently in four self-contained apartments, but there's permission to turn it back into a family home.

Agent: O'Connor Shannon (01) 496 8111

Portobello Road pad

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Small and perfectly formed, this red-brick cottage at 4 Portobello Road on a terrace beside the Grand Canal has recently undergone extension renovations. The cottage has 56sqm of living space, laid out in an open-plan design that neatly connects to the outside courtyard via floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors. The smart kitchen features painted handle-less kitchen units in a neutral stone colour, and quartz counter tops. Fitted appliances include an Electrolux induction hob and pyrolytic multi-function oven, integrated fridge freezer and NordMende dishwasher. The house has two bedrooms and a shower room, and there is on-street permit parking to the front. It's a five-minute walk to the Luas and there's a B3 BER rating, impressive for a house of this age.

Agent: DNG (01) 679 4088

Bloomfield beauty

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40 Bloomfield Avenue has been completely refurbished and modernised in recent years. The red-brick façade conceals a luxurious interior with an abundance of original period detail happily existing alongside contemporary fixtures and fittings. There are handsome fireplaces, sash windows with working shutters, high ceilings, ornate period detail, original stained wood flooring, travertine marble, luxury bathrooms and a smart modern kitchen. The four-bedroom house has been designed with an emphasis on light, space, style, comfort and everyday family living, and it is a practical family home in a location that's within walking distance of the city centre. There's a decked inner courtyard and a landscaped, private rear garden.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 496 6066

Kingsland cutie

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9 Kingsland Parade is an end-of-terrace house next to the leafy canal in the heart of fashionable Portobello, just a few minutes' walk from Locks restaurant. Downstairs, the entrance hall leads to a large living room and there is a separate kitchen. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a bathroom. New owners may wish to redecorate and upgrade the interior, and make improvements to address the BER G rating, but this is an attractive house in a great location that would work well for a couple or small family, or as an investment in an area that is seen as very desirable, thanks to its proximity to both the city centre and public transport, with a Luas stop within a few minutes' walk and plenty of bus routes also within easy reach.

Agent: Bartholomew Mc Elhatton (01) 642 4242

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