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Friday 15 November 2019

A detached house in Dublin 3 for €260,000? Surely some mistake?


23 Newcomen Court, Newcomen Avenue, North Strand: €260,000
23 Newcomen Court, Newcomen Avenue, North Strand: €260,000
1 Rookstown House, Thormanby Road, Howth: €425,000
5 Library Road, Shankill: €380,000
25 Pembroke Cottages in the heart of Donnybrook: €440,000

We take a look at four homes in Dublin that are currently on sale for less than €440k.

Nifty in North Strand:

A detached house in Dublin 3 for €260,000? Surely some mistake? This tiny 30sqm house at 23 Newcomen Court, Newcomen Avenue, in the North Strand was built eight years ago and has a substantial attic conversion which is not included in that floor area. Behind the red-brick façade there's an open plan living/ dining/ kitchen area to the front and a double bedroom to the rear. This has an en suite shower room and French doors that open out on to a secluded south-facing courtyard. In the attic there is a full bathroom, landing and an attic room. The house has double-glazed windows, gas fired central heating and a BER of C2. It's less than five minutes' walk from the IFSC and the city centre, and is presented in turnkey condition.

Agent: Lisney Howth Road (01) 853 6016

Happily in Howth:

No 1 Rookstown House is one of only three apartments in the converted Victorian house on Thormanby Road in Howth, which runs from Howth village to the Summit.

When these were launched in 2004, they were priced from €475,000. The former coach-house was converted into a two-bedroom house and there are three detached four-bedroom houses built on what were the original grounds.

The split-level two bedroom apartment has 73 sqm of living space and is in very good condition, ready for immediate occupancy. The decor is neutral and tasteful.

Essentially this is a modern apartment located within a well-maintained period house, with mature communal gardens and parking behind secure electronic gates. The sash windows have been double-glazed, but the BER rating is E1.

The two bedrooms, one of which is en suite, are at hall level, with stairs leading down to an open plan living/ kitchen/ dining area. This opens out on to a courtyard and there is access to the communal gardens beyond. There is also a bathroom at this level, making the lower level space ideal for entertaining. The property is equidistant from Howth Village and Howth Summit.

Howth is known for its food market, speciality stores and abundance of cafes and restaurants, many specialising in fish and seafood. There are numerous sports clubs (sailing, golf, and football) and magnificent coastal and hill walks.

A frequent bus service (No 31) passes the door on Thormanby Road, and there is a Dart station at Howth Harbour.

Agent: Lisney Howth Road (01) 853 6010

Semi-detached in Shankill

5 Library Road in Shankill, adjacent to the 1912 Shankill Library, is one of those houses that you need to half-close your eyes to appreciate. It's a three-bedroom semi-detached cottage in need of complete updating, occupying a substantial site with large front, side, and rear gardens, and plenty of room to extend. There's gated side access and the rear garden is 21m long, with a lawn and block-built shed. This is a mature residential area, mainly populated by attractive 1930s cottages, many of which have already been refurbished. The location is within a short walk of the shops, cafes and restaurants of Shankill Village, and convenient for the Dart and No 145 bus. Shankill has several junior schools and there is a choice of secondary schools in the area.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Bray (01) 286 6630

Dinky in Donnybrook

With 53sqm of living space, this bijou cottage at 25 Pembroke Cottages in the heart of Donnybrook is in need of updating, but could easily be transformed into a smart and stylish residence within walking distance of the shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants of the village. It's also close enough to the city centre to walk or cycle to work. Herbert Park is on the doorstep (great for dog owners, so long as they don't chase the ducks) and Donnybrook Tennis Club just across the road. As it stands, there's a living/dining room, kitchen, 2/3 bedrooms (main en-suite) and a shower room. The outside space is currently used for off-street car parking but could be a garden. There's a good choice of bus routes including the coach to Dublin Airport.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Ballsbridge (01) 269 8888

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