Extension opportunities abound in the most welcoming of estates
The Drive, Navan, Co Meath €350k
The Athlumney Abbey estate in Navan, Co Meath, has featured several times in the annual Pride of Place Awards, where quite stringent judging criteria apply.
Estates are assessed on their community events, their awareness of the environment, and how well they provide for young people, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Athlumney Abbey has a very active residents' association and scores well on all these standards, which makes it a welcoming and inclusive place to live. Add to that the fact that it's only 40km from the M50, with plentiful transport links from Navan to the capital, and you begin to see why it's a popular spot among house-hunters priced out of Dublin.
No1 The Drive is on a corner site, where The Drive meets The Park so it has a fairly sizeable side garden, giving you room to extend to the side or the back if you can get Meath County Council to agree. The garden at present is mostly lawned, but with raised vegetable beds, flower borders, a garden shed and a patio.
You can reach the garden from two sets of French doors at the back of the house, one in the dual-aspect kitchen and the other in the adjoining dining room. The dining room also has double doors to a bay-windowed front living room where there's a gas-fitted fireplace.
On the opposite side of the entrance hall to the living room is a playroom or study, or indeed, a fifth bedroom. Otherwise, there are four bedrooms upstairs, all with built-in wardrobes and two with ensuite showers. The floor area comes to 1,722 sq ft.
It's about 2km from here to Navan itself, but Johnstown Shopping Centre is five minutes' walk down the road.
The agent is Quillsen in Navan (046) 902 2100 and the asking price is €350,000.