On the market: Train your sights on Greystones
With the help of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway burst through Bray Head and arrived at Greystones in 1856. Soon afterwards, the north Wicklow village became known as one of the genteel bathing places along the south coast of Dublin.
Among the hotels serving holidaymakers was the Seapatrick Hotel, just off Church Road. It was said you could have a bath in hot seawater there for sixpence. In a sign of the changing times, the hotel has been a nursing home since 1962.
Around the corner from the old Seapatrick Hotel is Windlesham House, built, like most of its neighbours, in the mid to late-19th Century, when Greystones' development was gathering steam. Its period features include window shutters and decorative plasterwork.
Windlesham's internal dimensions of 2,530 square feet accommodate three reception rooms. There's a drawing room with a fireplace, a dining room and a conservatory.
However, the main living area is an open-plan kitchen/breakfast room/family room towards the back of the house. There's also a utility room and guest toilet off the kitchen.
The first floor has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and there's also a storeroom on this level leading by its own staircase to the utility room below.
There's off-street parking at the front, and a garden at the back with a patio, lawn, hedging and flowerbeds, and there's a coach house with a loft at the end of the garden.
Windlesham House is on Church Road, which is the main thoroughfare of Greystones, although the property is at the northern, residential end. It's about half a kilometre from Greystones Dart station and the South Beach.
The agent for the sale is Sherry FitzGerald Greystones (01 287 4005) and the asking price is €980,000.
The stamp of history
A father and son named James and John O'Neill lived at Number 8 St Ignatius Road in Phibsboro in 1911. Both were post office clerks at the GPO.
It's not clear to what extent they got caught up in the events of the Easter Rising five years later, but the records do show that at least three of their neighbours on St Ignatius Road were deported to British jails afterwards.
Number 8 was a relatively new house in those days. Built in 1900, it's since been extended to 1,109 square feet and has a relatively modern BER of C1.
There are two reception rooms – a lounge to the front and a dining room at the back, opening into the kitchen. A utility room provides access to the back garden. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom.
Number 8 is on the market for €345,000 through Gunne in Fairview (01 833 5844).
If you go down to the woods
Forester's Lodge, at Newtown Lower, Coolgreany, Co Wexford, is on the edge of an old forest marked on the early ordinance survey maps and now managed by Coillte. Built around 1770, it is now 2,600 square feet.
The open-plan drawing room and dining room on the ground floor has a marble fireplace and French doors to the patio. The kitchen also has French doors, and the breakfast area has a solid-fuel stove. There's also a den and a study on this floor.
Upstairs is the master bedroom with a balcony, en-suite bathroom and dressing area and three more bedrooms, two with en-suites.
There are three-quarters of an acre of gardens, an old coach-house and stables and a greenhouse. The house is about an hour-and-a-quarter from Dublin via the N11. It's on the market for €395,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Myles Doyle in Arklow (0402 32367) .
On the Rise
Everyone's heard of the house that looks like Hitler. Here we have the house that looks like Lincoln (well, if you squint). It has a beard but no moustache – a style commonly referred to as the 'chin curtain'.
The Rise is a small estate just off Barnhill Road in Dalkey. Number 2 has 2,271 square feet including five bedrooms and three reception rooms.
On the ground floor is a living room, dining room and conservatory, as well as the kitchen and a family room.
There are three bedrooms on the lower floor, one of them en-suite. Two more bedrooms are upstairs, one en-suite, as well as a study.
Number 2 The Rise is for sale for €875,000 through DNG Dun Laoghaire (01 230 1616).