On the market: Living is easy at Blackrock's Cedar Square
IF you're looking for a small house in the salubrious suburb of Blackrock – one that requires little by way of gardening or cleaning – your search may end at Cedar Square.
Built in the 1990s, Number 20 Cedar Square is an end-of-terrace townhouse in a gated development of 20 homes. It's only 861 sq ft in size and the gardens are communal, making for low-maintenance living.
Off the entrance hall is a kitchen with a bay window.
The only other room on the ground floor is a living room (18ft by 13'6") with a fireplace and a door to the patio. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom.
It comes with one designated parking space and annual management fees are €1,100.
Hunter Estate Agents in Dalkey is handling the sale of 20 Cedar Grove and the asking price has come down €20,000 to €435,000.
Scenic spot on west Cork peninsula
The Sheep's Head Way is a 200km walking trail along the west Cork peninsula of that name. Along the route you can see a disused copper mine, a Napoleonic signal tower, stone circles and a lighthouse.
Two hundred kilometres is a lot, though. If you had a base nearby, you could do it little by little. For instance, Avalon, at Gurteen about four kilometres from Bantry, is at the entrance to the peninsula.
It's a detached dormer bungalow with most of the accommodation on the lower floor: there's a living room, kitchen/dining room, sunroom and bathroom, as well as four bedrooms, two of them en-suite. On the attic level is a study with a fitted kitchen and a studio with en-suite. The two acres of landscaped grounds include a pond, as well as a workshop and garage.
Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill in Clonakilty (023 883 3995) is the agent and the asking price is €395,000.
Bungalow bliss in Dun Laoghaire
This semi-detached dormer bungalow at Ardmore Park in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, has already been extended to take advantage of the living space in the attic. But there is room to expand further into the back garden.
Number 5 Ardmore Park is a modestly sized house as it is, with internal dimensions of 1,324 sq ft. It has four bedrooms and two reception rooms – a living room with solid fuel stove, and a dining room with two skylights and a door to the back garden.
There are two bedrooms on the ground floor, and two more upstairs. There are also shower rooms on both levels.
Located just off Kill Avenue, the bungalow has both front and back gardens and off-street parking. DNG Dun Laoghaire is the agent for Number 5 Ardmore Park. It's on the market for €450,000.
Working out that sporty move to Grosvenor Park
If you haven't got a hobby before you move to Grosvenor Park in Rathmines, you'll be in the right place to take something up.
Kenilworth Bowling Club and Stratford Lawn Tennis Club are both less than half a kilometre away at Grosvenor Square. Or if you prefer to let others do the exercise, you can back the dogs at Harold's Cross greyhound stadium.
Number 26 Grosvenor Park is a three-storey mid-terrace townhouse of some 1,270 square feet. On the ground floor are a living room, dining room and kitchen. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on each of the two floors above, and the fourth bedroom on the top floor has a walk-in wardrobe.
Grosvenor Park is just off Leinster Road, and St Stephen's Green is a 35-minute walk away.
It's on the market for €550,000 through Sherry FitzGerald Ranelagh (01 496 9909).
Bungalow has monster views
A lesser-known cousin of the Lough Ness Monster is the Lough Ree Monster, first spotted by three priests who were fishing the lake in 1960.
The legend has been so persistent that the Global Underwater Search Team carried out a five-day expedition to hunt for the creature in 2001.
However, they found nothing conclusive.
The owners of Harbour House at Portananeena, Ballykeeran, Athlone, will be able to keep an eye out for the monster from the comfort of their own sitting room.
This 3,730 sq ft dormer bungalow on a one-acre site overlooks Killinure Island on inner Lough Ree, and Portaneena Marina is just across the road. There are nine bedrooms, all en-suite.
Destinations Athlone (0906 490407) is handling the sale for €495,000.
Bells ringing at Ryecroft
Every New Year's Eve at midnight, the bells of Christ Church, the 19th Century Church of Ireland church in Bray, Co Wicklow, ring in the new year.
Within earshot of the bells – and within sight of the bell tower – is Ryecroft, a small, curving cul-de-sac off Church Road in Bray.
Number 29 Ryecroft is a semi-detached house of some 970 square feet, with three bedrooms and two reception rooms.
First is a lounge measuring 11 feet by just over 26 feet, and with a bow window. Off the kitchen is a sunroom with a door to the back garden. The three bedrooms and main bathroom are upstairs. The house is less than kilometre from Bray's main street.
The agent is HJ Byrne in Bray (01 286 2113), and the asking price is €320,000.