Four on the market: cottages in Dublin city centre
These four cottages are full of personality and also come with the added bonus of city centre living in Dublin.
Carlisle Cottage, Ballsbridge, D4
€950k Bennetts, (01) 260 2520
Number 63 Sandymount Avenue is one of a pair of cottages across the street from the Enable Ireland school and 250 metres from the DART station. Although it looks diminutive from the front, it's a bit of a Tardis with a floor area of 1,485 sq ft inside on two levels. The first floor contains only the master bedroom and bathroom. There's a second bedroom on the ground floor, along with a living room, a dining room and an open-plan kitchen and family room in an extension out the back. French doors there give onto a very verdant back garden some 100ft long, with a lawn and mature trees and shrubs.
20 Newcomen Ave, North Strand, D3
€270k Sherry FitzGerald City Centre, (01) 643 1400
There was one occupant of Newcomen Avenue who deserves to be celebrated, if not by the world at large then at least by fans of native culture. He was Frank Keane, or Proinsias O Cathain, a native of Clare who lived at Number 20 and who won a prize of £20 for his 91-page contribution to a Royal Irish Academy volume from 1876 on the state of the Irish language, which included examples of traditional Irish airs. The house is on a street backing onto the railway line and the Royal Canal and stands on a corner site with a rooftop garden. It's 531 sq ft with one bedroom, a living room and an eat-in kitchen.
11 Lombard Street West, D8
€725k Lisney Leeson Street, (01) 662 4511
Among the quirkier occupations to be found in a trawl of the 1911 census records is that of James Magee and his son Edward. They lived at Number 11 Lombard Street West in Wood Quay, and both gave their occupations as "Clerk Bacon". James had married a second time to a woman who, at 28, was 20 years younger than himself and only two years older than his son. They shared a pleasant, red-brick terraced house that's been extended since those days to 1,163 sq ft. There's an en-suite bedroom upstairs and another bedroom on the ground floor, as well as a sitting room (or third bedroom) and an eat-in kitchen. The back garden is in gravel with climbing plants.
31 Ben Edair Road, Arbour Hill, D7
€335k Property Shop, (01) 838 8444
It should be fairly easy to keep the kids on the straight and narrow at 31 Ben Edair Road. St Gabriel's National School is around the corner, and Aughrim Street Scout Group is 100 metres down the road in the other direction, so you'll be able to supervise all their comings and goings. Number 31 is a recently renovated terraced cottage measuring 538 sq ft with two bedrooms and an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen. Out the back is a paved patio garden with creeper-clad walls. DIT's Grangegorman campus is about a kilometre away.