On the Market
Enjoy the campus life
Dublin Institute of Technology is on track to open its new campus at Grangegorman in September of this year.
Around the corner from the new campus is an end-of-terrace, two storey redbrick house at 25a Rathdown Road, off the North Circular Road in Phibsboro. The house is currently in seven flats – which just goes to show how many tenants a determined landlord can squeeze into a 2,038-square-foot space – and it's in need of restoration.
There's a bay window at the front and original fireplaces in four of the rooms, as well as ceiling roses and coving.
There's a railed garden to the front and a large walled garden to the side with frontage on to Rathdown Road. So there's scope to extend, should 2,083 square feet not be enough. Gunne in Fairview 01 833 5844 is the agent and the asking price is €595,000.
Attention all shipping
Among the dozens of ships that came to a watery end at the Stags Rocks, off Toe Head in Cork, the most famous was the 264-metre ore carrier Kowloon Bridge, whose sinking caused an environmental disaster.
Had you been living in the Little White House, overlooking the Stags Rocks, you might have watched the calamitous events unfold in November and December 1986.
The Little White House is on 17 acres sloping down to the water, so you can walk as far as the ocean without straying from your own land. The house is 900 square feet, with a kitchen/dining room and utility, a living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a small study. There's also a detached guest lodge, which has a bedroom and shower room.
It's for sale for €395,000 through Hodnett Forde Property Services in Clonakilty (023 883 3367).
Until December 2013, the owners of Number 5 Ard Lorcáin Villas in Stillorgan would have been less than three minutes' walk from their local swimming pool. But Glenalbyn Swimming Pool then closed. It still hasn't re-opened, although other leisure activities are still available at Glenalbyn Sports Club.
Number 5 is a 1,442-square-foot terraced house off Glenalbyn Road, close to the Stillorgan dual carriageway. There's a living room at the front and the large kitchen/breakfast room with skylights and doors to the garden is part of a rear extension.
There are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and stairs up to a converted attic currently in use as a playroom.
It's on the market for €525,000 with DNG Stillorgan (01 283 2700).
Bullseye in Clontarf
If you've ever wanted to try kite-surfing, you could do worse than set up a base at Seapark Drive in Clontarf, less than half a kilometre from Bull Island, where many beginners go to try their luck.
Number 23 Seapark Drive is a terraced house of 1,292 square feet. The ground floor consists of an extended, open-plan living room and lounge, both with fireplaces, connected via glazed double doors to the kitchen/dining room.
On the first floor are two double bedrooms and a single, as well as a family bathroom. Stairs also lead from here to a converted attic room with a skylight. At the end of the back garden is a block-built office or studio with a shower room, and access to a lane behind the property. There is also a greenhouse.
Number 23 is for sale for €525,000 with DNG Fairview (01 833 1802).
Thatch the way to do it
With its low walls and small windows, it may look like a featured building from Bunratty Folk Park, but actually this thatched house at Waterstown, near Sallins, Co Kildare, is a fairly recent construction.
Its age is an advantage, as it allows for mod cons such as double-glazing and oil-fired underfloor central heating. Another advantage is its location, along the banks of the Grand Canal, less than 10 minutes' drive from the N7 and the town of Naas.
The house is 3,692 square feet in size, with six bedrooms, five of them en-suite. The kitchen has a wood-beamed fireplace with wood-burning stove, and a utility area off it. There's another wood-burning stove in the main reception room.
The agent handling the sale of the property is CME Auctioneers in Naas (045 897 711) and the asking price is €425,000.
Bird's eye view
Number 1 Desmond Cottages, Ard Brugh Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin, may look a little forlorn, but it has a couple of very tempting features. First, it commands sea views at the back. Second, it's across the road from the disused Dalkey quarry and adjoining Killiney Hill Park, where peregrine falcons roost.
It's also a little bigger than it looks at 1,184 square feet. There's a sitting room at the front of the house with a spiral staircase. There's also a living room with a fireplace, which opens into a dining room. The fitted kitchen has a tiled floor and a skylight, and there are two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The house is about 10 minutes walk from Dalkey Dart station.
It's on the market for €525,000 with DNG Dun Laoghaire (01 230 1616).
Get Down to Dalcassian
Dalcassian Downs is a development in Glasnevin built by Bovale brothers Michael and Tom Bailey, of Flood Tribunal fame, back in 1989.
Bovale's website boasts that a three-bedroom townhouse there sold for £45,000 that year, and by 2006 its value had increased by 1,250pc. Now Number 28 Dalcassian Downs, a four-bedroom end-of-terrace house, is now on the market for €475,000.
Number 28 is a 1,345 sq ft property with, on the ground floor, a kitchen/dining room with doors to the back garden, a living room, a small study and a guest toilet. There are four bedrooms on the first floor, the master en suite, and a bathroom.
There's off-street parking at the front and a back garden about 20 feet long that accommodates a block-built shed. The agent is Gunne in Fairview (01 833 5844).
Woodpark, near Rathangan in County Kildare, is a two-storey detached farmhouse, built in the 1870s. It looks about as rustic as houses come, but it's only 50 kilometres from the M50.
Inside the front door, with a porthole window above it, is the entrance hall, leading to the two reception rooms on the ground floor. The sitting room has a cast-iron fireplace and a pot-bellied stove.
Two of the three bedrooms still have their original fireplaces, and the kitchen has a wooden floor and both a mini-pantry and a utility room. The house is on about a third of an acre of grounds, including some large, dilapidated outbuildings.
The agent for the sale of Woodpark is Maura Donohoe Auctioneers in Newbridge (045 449 688) and the asking price is €190,000.
Number 272 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, is a little double-fronted terraced cottage with a basement, backing on to the railway line.
There are two bedrooms, one of them en-suite, at garden level, as well as the main bathroom. There are doors from this level leading to the back garden. Stairs lead up from the basement to an open-plan living room, kitchen and dining room with wooden floors and a vaulted ceiling with skylights.
The back garden is a little overgrown, but it includes a separate block-built home office with its own toilet. Behind that is the railway.
The cottage is less than 100 metres from the sea, and the Dart station at Sydney Parade is about 10 minutes walk. The agent for the sale is Savills Dawson Street (01 663 4300) and the asking price is €535,000.