Living the park life in Dublin 9 for €775k
Hollybank Road, Drumcondra €775k
Griffith Park, an 18-acre pleasure ground on the banks of the Tolka River in Dublin 9, used to be a landfill site. It must have been a great relief to residents of the locality when the dump was rehabilitated as a park, starting way back in the 1930s.
Nowadays, it has riverside walks, flower gardens and a children's playground.
About three minutes' walk from one of the entrances to the Park is Hollybank Road, Drumcondra, a leafy street that's also been rehabilitated in the more recent past, as many of its pretty Edwardian houses used to be in flats.
Number 42 Hollybank Road is a mid-terraced, red-brick house that's been extended to 1,496 sq ft, adding a modern kitchen at the back.
Elsewhere, though, the house is still a homage to the architecture of the era when it was built, back in 1903, with high ceilings and fireplaces. Right off the entrance hall on the ground floor are two reception rooms linked by double doors, and both have fireplaces. The rear reception is a dining room, which opens into the kitchen extension, where there's a row of skylights and two sets of French doors opening to the garden.
Upstairs are three bedrooms with solid wood floors; two of the rooms have fireplaces. The bathroom has a bath and separate power shower.
There's a small front garden behind original wrought-iron railings, with steps up to the front door. Out the back is a landscaped south-facing garden with a lawn, patio and raised flowerbeds.
There's parking out the back as well, accessed via a remote-control shutter. For those who don't have a car, it's about 10 minutes' walk to Drumcondra station.
The agent is DNG Phibsboro, (01) 830 0989 and the asking price is €775,000.