Lots of first-time buyers, singletons, couples and down traders were active during the past year in Dublin 3, says Paul Menton of Gunne.
This postcode is among the Northside's nost popular due to city centre proximity and affordability compared to Clontarf, which can be out of many buyers' price range.
Good transport links are important here and the Luas line extension remains earmarked to service the area during the next few years - this can only add to its appeal; for now there's the DART at Killester and excellent bus routes.
Fairview and Marino are the 'go to' places.
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A range of ex-corporation houses which were soundly constructed between 1918-1930 have proven popular through the last 12 months and lend themselves well to 'projects' and extension.
One such house "done up to the nines" saw an increase from an initial bid of €380,000 to €470,000 in a matter of a week, such is the demand. "These are owner- occupiers mainly," says Menton.
"There's not much in the way of investor money in Dublin 3".
There's also a strong loyalty to family links in places like East Wall where generations of families like to stay together, "or even buy the house next door to their parents".
Supply was consistent throughout 2014 according to Menton and demand was high.
This area wouldn't have a high percentage of cash buyers, with most on full mortgages so Menton sees a significant effect if new rules on deposits are introduced.
While most property types saw good growth of up to 15pc, low lying cottages saw less of a jump.
This is because the Dublin 3 area still has some potential flooding issues which from time to time can prove off-putting.
Still, its appeal is unlikely to diminish much during 2015 with Menton predicting growth of 8pc in prices.