Four of a kind... city terraces
Hollybank Road is a lovely, tree-lined street of red brick houses in Drumcondra - regarded as one of the most desirable in Dublin 9. It is close to Drumcondra train station and within walking distance of the city centre and amenities such as Griffith Park, the National Botanic Gardens and Na Fianna GAA.
Number 56 will be of interest to prospective buyers looking for a family home, as the area offers a fine choice of both national and secondary schools and is convenient for the Four Courts, Law Library, Mater Hospital and IFSC.
No 56 has 115sqm of living space (excluding the attic) and has been renovated, extended and redecorated. Many original period features remain.
The house has a large entrance hallway with a handy guest lavatory, while to the left are two interconnecting reception rooms with wooden floors. The living room to the front has a feature fireplace and views over Hollybank Road, while the dining room to the rear has a wood-burning stove, recessed lighting and patio doors to the garden.
The kitchen is fitted with floor and wall units and opens to an extended dining area which is light and bright and has patio doors to the garden. Upstairs are three bedrooms. The master bedroom spans the width of the house and has an en suite shower room. There is also a family bathroom and a converted attic of 18sqm. The 19m garden faces south and has been nicely landscaped, with planting, lawn and a large patio area laid in limestone. Rear pedestrian access is convenient for the disposal of garden waste.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 8373737
Pretty in Portobello
Desmond Street is a quiet Victorian terrace tucked away off Lombard Street West in desirable Portobello. Number 2 has definite curb appeal and the 146sqm of living space is attractive and well laid-out. The house has been in the same ownership since the early 1980s and retains many period features as well as double-glazed sash windows, a de-rigueur grey kitchen and a pretty courtyard garden facing south west. There are three reception rooms, three double bedrooms (one en-suite) and a second family bathroom. Desmond Street is within walking distance of the cafés and restaurants of what's now known as the Camden Quarter, including Pickle, Hang Dai and Meet Me In The Morning.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 496 6066
Dinky in Dublin 2
2 Mackie's Place, off Pembroke Street in Dublin 2, is a dinky double-fronted terraced house in what's known as butter brick. This is about as central as it gets: you can be in Grafton Street in five minutes if you walk at a brisk clip. The house has 85sqm of living space. Downstairs there's a living room with double doors leading to an open-plan dining room, and a kitchen with access to the rear courtyard, plus a handy guest lavatory. Upstairs are two double bedrooms, both en suite. There is planning permission for a renovation that includes new stairs and a lower-level laundry and cellar with natural light and ventilation, a modern kitchen and dining space, and an upper-level, south-facing terrace.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4300
Sorted in Stoneybatter
44 Aughrim Street in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 is a mid-terrace red brick property retaining period features such as ornate cornicing. The rooms have the elegant proportions of the Victorian era, and the current arrangement of space could be reconfigured to provide two reception rooms on the ground floor and three double bedrooms upstairs. To the front is a small lawned garden, while a cobble-locked courtyard to the rear faces south-west and gets plenty of sun. Stoneybatter is within walking distance of the DIT Campus at Grangegorman and Smithfield Village, and well-placed in terms of transport, including Heuston Station, the Luas and the Luas cross-city extension, as well as several bus routes.
Agent: DNG (01) 830 0989