Jump the queue at Fosterbrook
101 Fosterbrook €595k
When the Fosterbrook estate in Booterstown was built in the 1990s, buyers queued up to put their names down. Despite the discomfort involved, those waiting in line did secure one advantage for themselves: they got to know their future neighbours well in advance.
Sure enough, Fosterbrook is now a well-established community, and the houses have aged quite well in the intervening two decades.
Having said that, 101 Fosterbrook, at the end of one of the estate's several cul-de-sacs, has been carefully maintained and refurbished.
The kitchen and dining rooms have been knocked into one, providing a roomy area for noisy meals, and a surround sound system from Harman Kardon has been installed throughout the house to add to the all-round harmonious din.
The house is semi-detached and 1,309 sq ft in size, with three bedrooms on the first floor - two doubles and a single, all with fitted wardrobes. The master bedroom also has an en-suite with a power shower.
Left of the entrance hall on the ground floor there's an oak-floored living room with a fireplace, and double doors lead through to the kitchen and dining room, so you can unite all the rooms if you've got a lot of people over.
There are sliding patio doors in the dining area leading out to a deck in the garden. Stepping stones cross the lawn down to a paved patio at the end of the garden, where there's a barbecue area (with the barbecue included in the sale).
There's parking on the front driveway, and the management fee is €275 a year. The Fosterbrook estate opens off the N11 Stillorgan Road, for driving, or you can walk over to Booterstown DART station, about 1.5 kilometres away.
The agent is Savills South Dublin (01) 288 5011 and the price is €595,000.