Four Dublin homes near a golf course
4 Churchtown Road Lower, D14
€850K DNG Terenure, (01) 490 9000
Milltown Golf Club's clubhouse is across the street from 4 Churchtown Road, so if you weren't in the mood for golf you could head straight for the 19th hole. Number 4 was built in the 1930s and has been in the same family since 1936. It has plenty of vintage character, but one of its best features is the 70ft back garden, where there's an earthy lawn surrounded by shrubs and climbers. The garden also allows scope to extend the house from its current 1,389 sq ft. That includes two interlinked reception rooms on the ground floor, along with a kitchen and garage. The first floor has three bedrooms and above that is a skylit attic.
22 Hollystown Demesne, D15
€595K Sherry Fitzgerald Clonee, (01) 801 8090
You're more or less living on the golf course at 22 Hollystown Demesne, as the house fronts directly onto the 27-hole Hollystown Golf Club. You'll get the best view of proceedings from the en suite master bedroom on the first floor, which has a front-facing Juliet balcony. There are three other bedrooms on this level (one en suite) and a fifth on the ground floor. Downstairs you'll also find a living room and a playroom either side of the entrance hall, along with an open-plan kitchen, dining room and family room with sliding glass doors to the patio and garden. The floor area is 2,634 sq ft.
13 Butterfield Park, Rathfarnham, D14
€825K DNG Rathfarnham, (01) 490 4666
Built in the 1930s, 13 Butterfield Park needs some refurbishment now but there are some good period features to work with, including picture rails and an impressive fireplace in the main reception room. This is a bay-windowed living room at the front, and it has double doors leading to a dining room at the back, where there are PVC French doors to the garden. The kitchen is at the end of the hall and has a little side porch or sun room next to it. Upstairs are three bedrooms - two doubles and a single, with one en suite. The total size is 1,507 sq ft. The Castle golf club is within walking distance.
4 Leopardstown Rise, D18
€875k Keane Thompson, (01) 298 9384
You can perfect your golf game relatively cheaply at Leopardstown Golf Centre, where it costs €15 to go round the 18 holes, or €9 to shoot 110 balls at the driving range. Should you find you don't improve, you can always pursue a horse-racing pastime instead. You can walk over to the golf centre and racecourse in about 25 minutes or so from 4 Leopardstown Rise, in a development of 12 detached houses off Leopardstown Road. It's 2,648 sq ft with a converted attic for use as a study or playroom. On the first floor are five bedrooms (two en suite) and the ground floor has three reception rooms and a maple-fitted kitchen.