Bungalow with hidden secrets
From the front, 25A Deerpark Road in Mount Merrion, Co Dublin, may look like a rather humble bungalow. Don't be deceived, however. This is a house with a lot going for it.
There's the location for one thing, as the back garden abuts Mount Merrion's Deer Park.
If you can suppress the instinct to leap over your own garden wall to enter the park, you will have to walk for about 50 metres to the park entrance.
Once inside the park you can ramble through the woods with your dog, take the kids to the playground, or get into a game of tennis or football.
Then there's the garden itself, which is over 84ft long and in three tiers. Directly behind the house is a patio with steps up to a lawn, and more steps from there up to the top tier, which is shaded by the park's trees.
Balboa, as the house is known, has been refurbished throughout and has bright and tasteful rooms.
It's all on one floor, with the three bedrooms (all with built-in wardrobes) to the right of the entrance hall.
To the left there's an open-plan living room and dining room with an oak floor and a gas stove in a marble fireplace and there are views of Dublin Bay from there.
The galley-style kitchen has been fitted with new wall and floor cabinets; it's dual-aspect and has a door to the patio.
There's an adjoining garage as well, reachable from both the front and the back garden, and it's used as a utility room at the moment.
In total the internal dimensions are 939 sq ft but if you need more space you'll find some of the hard work has already been done.
Planning permission was granted in June for a single-storey extension and an attic conversion, taking the floor area up to 2,000 sq ft.
'Balboa' is for sale for €775,000 with Janet Carroll (01) 288 2020.