Four on the market: former homes of eminent Dubliners
A choice of four homes on the market who featured famous inhabitants inclub George Bernard Shaw and John Millington Synge.
Torca Cottage, Dalkey, Co Dublin €2.3m
Sherry FitzGerald Dalkey (01) 275 1000
George Bernard Shaw was 10 years old when he began living with his unconventional family at Torca Cottage in Dalkey. By all accounts he was very happy there, and the place must have provided a welcome reprieve. The cottage is at Torca Road, facing south-east towards the Irish Sea. The main living room is upstairs to get the best views, and opens onto a terrace. Also upstairs are the kitchen and the study, while the ground floor has three bedrooms (one en-suite), a family room and a sitting room or fourth bedroom.
5 Castlewood Avenue, D6
€1.15m Savills Central Dublin (01) 663 4300
Walter Osbourne was born at 5 Castlewood Avenue in Rathmines in 1859, the second son of artist William Osborne. He worked on the continent and in England, and became a celebrated portraitist before he died at the age of 43. His childhood home is on two storeys with a raised basement. It's 2,434 sq ft with three bedrooms on the top floor (one en-suite). Entrance level has the living room, kitchen and utility, and at garden level there's a family room and play room giving onto the back garden.
1 Synge House, Churchtown, D14
€395k Sherry FitzGerald Dundrum (01) 296 1822
Synge House on Braemor Road, was not called that when John Millington Synge was born there in 1871. The playwright came into the world at 2 Newtown Villas, a substantial semi-detached property. The house has since been divided into apartments and named in honour of its most famous resident. Apartment 1 is on the ground floor and measures 974 sq ft, with two bedrooms (one en-suite). The living room has a polished stone fireplace and off it is a galley kitchen with granite countertops and splashbacks.
54 Beechwood Ave Upper, D6
€840k Young’s (01) 497 5581
A plaque on the wall of 54 Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, commemorates two famous men. Douglas Gageby, the journalist and erstwhile editor of both the Evening Press and the Irish Times, was born at the house in 1918, while trade union leader Larkin lived there in 1924. It still has decorative features from those days. It's semi-detached and 1,600 sq ft, with three first-floor bedrooms. The ground floor has two formal reception rooms, a family room and breakfast room with separate kitchen.