Four Dublin apartments under €400,000 - one's inside an old chocolate factory
Down in the Docklands
This turn-key, two-bedroom apartment at 64 The Waterside, Charlotte Quay Dock, Dublin 4, is located on the fourth floor and has fine views overlooking Grand Canal Dock, which is a hive of activity these days with water sports a-plenty and good people-watching to be enjoyed, as theatre-goers head in and out of the busy Bord Gais Theatre.
For anyone working in the area - at Google, HSBC or McCann Fitzgerald for instance - the apartment is an attractive owner-occupier base: you could walk to the office in less than five minutes.
It's also somewhere that will appeal to investors looking for a property in a bullet-proof location.
The grounds and common areas of the development have recently been upgraded.
Inside, the apartment itself is bright and with good kitchen and bathroom finishes. There are waterside views from the living room and both bedrooms. There's an entrance hallway, living/dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. A car parking space is also available.
Charlotte Quay is a 15-minute walk from Grafton Street and the city centre.
The Charlotte Quay restaurant downstairs serves one of the best brunches in the city, and new arrival, Nut Butter, over on the other side of Grand Canal Dock, is already gaining a reputation for excellent health-focused food.
There is a good selection of other bars, restaurants and cafes, and a regular weekly lunchtime market that gives locals a chance to explore street food from a myriad of different countries.
For travels further afield there are bus routes and the Grand Canal Dock Dart station nearby.
Agent: Owen Reilly (01) 677 7100
Custom House crib
246 The Asgard in Custom House Harbour in the IFSC is on the second floor of the development. The apartment is in good decorative order, and there are views out over the landscaped courtyard from a covered balcony that runs the length of the property. There's an open-plan living/dining room, kitchen, master bedroom with en suite shower-room and fitted wardrobes, second bedroom, also with fitted wardrobes, and family bathroom. There's also an entrance hall with storage, and the apartment comes with a secure private parking space. The apartment is located adjacent to the IFSC, where there are restaurants, bars, shops and businesses, and the Samuel Beckett Bridge is a link to the South Docklands.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 643 1400
The Watermill is a modern development of spacious apartments situated just off the Watermill Road, beside the recreational amenities of St Anne's Park and Bull Island. No 47 is a two-bedroom ground-floor apartment with an entrance hallway with cloakroom and storage cupboard, two bedrooms (the master is en-suite), bathroom, and open-plan kitchen/living/dining room. The balcony faces west and is accessed from the living room, and the development has communal gardens. This is a mature and settled location with local shopping and restaurants in Raheny village, good public transport, coastal walks, and a newly constructed cycle track. There is a great food market in the park on Saturdays.
Agent: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818 3000
Desirable in Dublin 8
404 The Old Chocolate Factory is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment located within Kilmainham Square and built on the grounds of the former Nestle Factory in Kilmainham, Dublin 8, close to the city centre. There's 80sqm of living space, with the master bedroom en suite, a decent living/dining room and family bathroom. There are also two balconies. Set just off Inchicore Road, the development is located opposite Kilmainham Gaol and close to The Irish Modern Museum of Art at the Royal Hospital. St James Hospital and the site of the new Children's Hospital are within walking/cycling distance. There are good public transport links to the city centre, including the Red Line Luas, and Heuston Station is close by.
Agent: Hunters (01) 668 0008