The house at 147 Clonliffe Road in Drumcondra, was originally owned by one Alderman Maurice Butterly, along with a 21-acre field at the back. His huge garden, originally known as Butterly's Field, was later used for GAA matches. Butterly's Field was eventually acquired by the GAA and renamed Croke Park.
One of just two homes of its type in the area, the 1,615 sq ft house has four reception rooms, a kitchen and four bedrooms. It has been owned by the same family for almost 70 years.
This house is brimful of original period features such as living room chimney pieces and has been kept clean through the years. It seems reasonably solid all round with no outward signs of damp or other issues. However, a survey has yet to be conducted. A sought-after central address with plenty of interesting history to talk about.
A later extension at the back (a living room, bathroom and kitchen) is laid out archaically and a new owner will likely demolish it to make way for a modern kitchen and diner. Rewiring, replumb, new kitchen, bathrooms and possibly windows. Croker, its former back garden, is obviously close with its matchday crowds.
The agents want €475,000.
Without surprises, you're looking at circa €150k.
A large home with pedigree in a central location.
Lyndsay Byrne of KBD (01) 804 1500 will help you discover if this one's a big match.
Hunter's Hotel, Ireland's oldest coaching inn, and its gardens sit along the banks of the River Vartry, 2km outside of Ashford and about a five-minute drive from the Mount Usher Gardens. The spot is a favourite haunt of method actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who made the Garden County his adopted home in the mid-1990s.
When the award for the world's best-designed house was presented to architect David Leech at the World Architecture Festival in 2018, for his modest backyard build in Clontarf, the Irishman proved that world-beating design can truly be a part of the types of houses that most of us have a chance of owning.