Award-winning scheme in D16
14 Ballintyre Square €365k
The Ballintyre estate was built in 2004 on the grounds of the 19th-century house known as Ballintyre Hall in Dublin 16. It won the Irish Development of the Year award the following year for its developer Ray Grehan, who would later be declared bankrupt in the UK.
The estate continues to thrive, however. Ballintyre Square is just off Ballinteer Avenue and handily situated for faffing about outdoors in fine weather. It's about half a kilometre from the entrance to Marlay Park, with its 300 acres of woodland, ponds and walks, as well as golf, tennis, cricket and miniature railway.
For less esoteric pursuits, such as grocery shopping, there's a SuperValu across the road. When you need to be elsewhere, there's a bus stop on Ballinteer Avenue and the M50 (Junction 13) is about a five-minute drive away.
Number 14 is on the second floor and has a balcony which, although it presents an unexceptional view, is at least south-facing.
The apartment is bigger than many starter homes, at 893 sq ft. That includes two bedrooms, both doubles and one with an en-suite shower. The main bathroom off the entrance hall has a bath as well, with an overhead shower.
The main living area is an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room measuring about 360 sq ft in all. The kitchen has a granite countertop and a tiled floor, while the living and dining room has a wood floor and is dual-aspect with a door at one end leading to the balcony.
The apartment comes with a designated parking space and an intercom and the central heating is gas-fired. There are landscaped communal gardens and management fees are €2,000 a year.
The agent is Property Partners O'Brien Swaine in Dundrum (01) 298 8508 and the asking price is €365,000.