Four on the market: A-rated homes in south Dublin
A choice of four properties which offer energy efficiency in south Dublin.
19 Percy Lane, Ballsbridge, D4
€1.695m Property Team O'Mahony, (01) 298 3500
You can still catch a glimpse on Google Street View of 19 Percy Lane as it looked back in 2014, when it was a completely different house from what it is now. The place was sold last August and soon transformed from a boxy red-brick house with PVC sash windows into a chic and modern city pad, complete with A2 energy rating. It's a detached property off Percy Place, a minute's walk from the Grand Canal. It measures 1,281 sq ft with three bedrooms (one en suite). The ground floor has the kitchen at the front and sliding doors to a living room, where there are folding glass doors to a rear courtyard.
22 Grange Hill, Rathfarnham, D16
€650k Hunters, (01) 493 5410
The split-level back garden of 22 Grange Hill at Harold's Grange Road is as low-maintenance as they come, having been completely paved. What it does have, when you want to go to a bit of trouble in the sun, is a built-in brick barbecue. You reach the garden from French doors in the kitchen-diner - handy if you need to finish off the half-raw meat in controlled surroundings. Also on the ground floor is a drawing room with a solid-fuel stove. The first floor has one en suite bedroom and an optional second bedroom or reception. There are three more bedrooms on the second floor, including the master with a walk-in wardrobe and en suite. It's 1,883 sq ft, with an A2 rating.
Trianon, Blackrock, Co Dublin
€1.15m Hooke & MacDonald, (01) 631 8402; Turley Property Advisors, (01) 479 1500
Trianon is a newly-built A3 rated detached house at Granville Road, handily placed for the N11 junction with Newtownpark Avenue. It's 2,002 sq ft with either three or four bedrooms, depending on whether you want a study or not. The three principal bedrooms are upstairs (with one en suite) and the optional fourth is on the ground floor. Otherwise there's just one main reception room - an open-plan living and dining room with a gas-fitted fireplace. Off this is the eat-in kitchen where there's a centre island and a wall of windows sliding open to the garden.
11 Beechview, Rathfarnham, D16
€475k DNG Rathfarnham, (01) 490 4666
The A3 rating of 11 Beechview at Edmondstown Road, arises from a recent refurbishment, including high-grade insulation, a new heating system and solar panels. The place has had a decorative upgrade as well, and has been extended to 1,184 sq ft, with three bedrooms upstairs, the main one with an en-suite power shower. Downstairs there's a living room with a fireplace and an extended kitchen and family room fitted with high-gloss black cabinets and a breakfast bar. Sliding glass doors lead from there to a low-maintenance garden with artificial grass and raised beds. There's real grass on the front lawn, next to the parking area.