Tuesday 12 November 2019

Extended three-bed terrace on the right side of the tracks in Howth

44 Grace O'Malley Drive, Co Dublin €495k

The open-plan kitchen and dining room in the extension
The open-plan kitchen and dining room in the extension
Number 44 is 990 sq ft

Hopes that the glorious old Hill of Howth Tramway might be restored were briefly high and then abruptly derailed early this year. A feasibility study commissioned by Fingal County Council found it would cost €6.7m to set up and might then run at a loss, and the local authority baulked.

It was disappointing news for Howth residents, although there are some who may have had reason to feel relieved, among them the occupants of Grace O'Malley Drive.

The houses here were built along the route of the old tramline, and a restoration might have meant considerable disruption for their occupants.

Number 44 Grace O'Malley Drive faces west towards the Deer Park Golf Club, which means it has an east-facing back garden suitable for outdoor breakfasts.

Number 44 is 990 sq ft
Number 44 is 990 sq ft

The garden is not as big as it once was, though, as the house has gained a sizeable back extension.

That has made room for an open-plan kitchen and dining room, where there's a vaulted ceiling with three skylights. French doors lead from there out to the landscaped garden, where there's a patio and lawn.

Also on the ground floor is a front living room with a gas-fitted fireplace in cast iron, a wooden floor and a built-in bookcase.

There's also a guest toilet under the stairs, with the main family bathroom on the first floor along with the three bedrooms - two doubles and a single.

The extended floor area is 990 sq ft.

Tramway or not, the property is still handy for public transport. It's less than a kilometre from Howth village and the DART station, and fittingly enough you'll be following the old route of the Hill of Howth tramway to get there.

Number 44 is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald Sutton (01) 839 4022 and has an asking price of €495,000.

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