These four properties offer excellent value in Dublin 9.
€350k DNG Phibsboro, (01) 830 0989
Out the back of No3 Shanliss Way is a massive garden that's close to 100ft long, and facing due east. It's quite unruly at the moment but there's a lawn and some mature trees. The front garden is lawned as well and has shrubs and parking. Already the house was extended somewhat out the back, which has brought its floor area to 1,087 sq ft. That space includes three bedrooms upstairs and two reception rooms and a kitchen downstairs. The front living room has a fireplace and double doors to the dining room, and the extended kitchen is off the dining room.
€350k Sherry Fitzgerald Killester, (01) 833 6555
No42 Donnycarney Road is one of a pair of semi-detached houses on the corner of Hazel Road. Its conjoined twin, which oddly enough has the address No2 Hazel Road, has lately been extended to the side, so there may be scope for the new owner of No42 to follow suit. As it stands, the house measures 807 sq ft with one main reception room downstairs - a living room with a tiled fireplace. The kitchen is at the back of the house with a door to the paved yard, and between the two rooms is a sort of landlocked study or playroom. There's also a shower room on the ground floor, and three bedrooms upstairs.
€345k Kelly Bradshaw Dalton, (01) 804 0500
Built about the middle of the 20th century, No83 The Thatch Road has been in the same hands for a decade. It last sold in August 2010 for €240,000 and the new owners then set about renovating it.
It measures some 800 sq ft and has a converted skylit attic which is used as a bedroom at present. Apart from that there are three bedrooms on the first floor, along with a bathroom. The ground floor has the living room to the front, where there's a marble fireplace (electric-fitted). The kitchen and dining room is at the back and gives onto the garden, where there's a patio and lawn.
€325k Move Home, (01) 884 4690
St Joseph's Avenue runs south of Dargle Road, ducks under the railway line right next to Drumcondra station, and finishes at St Anne's Road. Originally, No6 was a tiny artisan's cottage measuring 495 sq ft on one floor, but thanks to an attic conversion there's now a lot more space inside. The attic measures another 290 sq ft and consists of two rooms that will undoubtedly be used as bedrooms, plus a toilet. Otherwise the main bedroom is on the ground floor at the front. Beyond this is an open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchen with French doors to a paved, west-facing yard. The main bathroom is off the kitchen.
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