Buyers most competitive for D6 red bricks but more parties enquiring after edgy D8
Aghade, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Asking price: €775,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 4922444
51 Beechwood Avenue Upper, Ranelagh
Asking price: €1.1m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 4969909
A few years ago Irish Independent Property polled Dublin's two largest estate agency networks, DNG and Sherry FitzGerald to ask them which city suburbs were the 'most fought over'.
By this we meant which locations threw up the most bids and the most competitive bidding sessions for its properties. The four runners up were (in reverse order) Clontarf in Dublin 3, Rathgar in Dublin 6, Sandymount in Dublin 4 and Ballsbridge in Dublin 4; but both networks agreed that Ranelagh was far and away the number one "most fought over" location.
On another occasion when five agencies were polled by us to find the area 'most sought after' - meaning the one which produced the most enquiries from potential buyers, Portobello in Dublin 8 emerged as the winner, narrowly beating Ranelagh in the estate agent's vote.
In both locations, more affordable mid -range period red bricks, particularly of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, tend to be the most favoured house type and particularly those in whch restoration work has already been carried out.
Dublin 8 buyers of Victoriana tend to be of edgier professional temperment and slightly younger sort than their Ranelagh equivalents. Designers, techies and company owners have been leading purchases.
As properties dried up in the Portobello area, interest continued on down the South Circular Road. Aghade is a red -brick terrace located at the St James's Hospital end of the stretch where the new National Children's Hospital will (eventually) be located. No531 SCR has been modernised and refurbished and is ready to walk into.
Outside it has the pram porch with the more squared design suggesting its origins might creep into the Edwardian era.
It has two interlinking receptions to the front and a modern kitchen to the rear while there are three bedrooms upstairs with the master chamber enjoying an ensuite.
The dining room has its original period fireplace with emerald green inset tiling. Both rooms have the original timber floor boards, polished and on display and the interlinking double doors that the house first came with. The upstairs bathroom comes with a suitably period Victorian stand-alone bath tub.
A big bonus here is the floored attic which has been carpeted. It has two Velux windows, designed storage in the eaves and there's also an additional shower room. Sherry FitzGerald is seeking €775,000.
Meanwhile, over in Ranelagh, buyers tend to comprise more mature professionals still with children, with doctors, lawyers and accountants competing for properties. Ranelagh buyers are after the "village" atmosphere and like to have a little bit more distance from the grit of the city centre.
The prices tend to reflect the "RaRa" premium (the term by those in the know who make their homes in the triangle of Ranelagh, Rathgar and newly resurgent Rathmines.
Another red-brick terrace at 51 Beechwood Avenue is right up on the Beechwood Luas stop and has just come to market priced at €1.1m. It's arched fanlight and window design suggests it's the more senior of the two homes by around 10 years.
Local lore records that as a child playing on Beechwood Avenue in Ranelagh in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Maureen FitzSimons from nearby No32 would boast to friends that when she grew up she would become "the most famous actress in the world". As Maureen O'Hara, the green-eyed redhead was Hollywood's hottest property for a time when she starred in Miracle on 34th Street and The Quiet Man.
Like Aghade, the work at 51 has already been done and it too is ready to walk into.
Once again there are two original reception rooms to the front, divided by sliding doors and boards are original.
Again there are elegant marble-flanked and tile-inset chimney pieces. The rear has the modern kitchen and breakfastroom divided by the original kitchen range column of the era. Remarkably this still has the much sought after original red and black check quarry tiled flooring. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom with free-standing period style tub and a separate shower room with a Triton T90, wash hand basin and a hatch leading out to a roof space.
The house enjoys a valuable side passage for those garden deliveries and a decked patio outside serves summer evenings.
Both homes are only just on the market and will offer city centric buyers food for thought.