Head for the hills in D18 in the last development before hitting rock
12 Grange Hill, D18 €740k
As Dublin expands like liquid, flowing outwards in three of the four cardinal directions, it's forced to a stop here and there by nature.
Its trickle south of Ballinteer, for instance, is checked (or ultimately would be) by the Dublin mountains. So it is that Grange Hill in Dublin 18 is the last housing development before you reach the hilly wilderness south of the capital.
Though often described as being in Rathfarnham, Grange Hill is in fact in the old townland of Taylorsgrange. The same townland is occupied by a decent chunk of Marlay Park which is a five-minute walk from No12 Grange Hill.
As a recent (2015) build, No12 is A2 rated, with solar panels in abundance. It measures 2,637 sq ft on three floors, including five or six bedrooms depending.
Two of these are on the top floor, along with a walk-in wardrobe and a bathroom. The first floor has the other three bedrooms (one en-suite) as well as a study and a family bathroom.
The ground floor then has two main living areas. There's a dual-aspect lounge to the front, with a granite fireplace, and at the back is an open-plan kitchen and dining room, also dual-aspect, with sliding doors to the garden. There's also a separate utility room and a downstairs guest toilet.
That garden is mostly paved with Indian sandstone but with a patch of artificial lawn. It's surrounded by quite high redbrick walls and has a built-in barbecue oven.
The Grange Hill estate itself is a cul de sac opening off Harold's Grange Road. It's close to the M50, although you'll have to drive for a couple of kilometres to get to the onramp for Junction 13.
No12 is for sale for €740,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Templeogue (01) 495 1111.