Four properties currently on the market which offer huge conversion potential for family homes.
€1.7m Sherry FitzGerald Ballsbridge, (01) 269 8888
Ballsbridge Terrace consists of a row of Georgian houses off Pembroke Road, facing east onto the River Dodder and about three minutes' walk from Herbert Park. Like its neighbours, Number 31 is two storeys over a raised basement, but it has a single-storey extension at the back, giving a floor area of 2,756 sq ft. The upper two floors are divided into offices, as is the extension, and there are two office rooms in the attic. The basement has a one-bedroom flat with its own entrance; it's unused and needs refurbishment. The agents say the offices are bringing in €70,000 a year, but you can have vacant possession if you want to turn it back into a family home.
€795k Lisney Dun Laoghaire, (01) 280 6820
Back in its heyday, 4 Corrig Avenue was home to only four people - two unmarried ladies living on the income from stocks and shares, together with a housemaid and a cook. Between them they shared a two-storey-over-basement late 19th-century house. As a pre-'63 building, its 3,000 sq ft of accommodation is now divided into nine flats, but there are original features including plasterwork and sash windows, and there's a raised back garden with old stone walls and a lawn. It's across the road from the garda station and courthouse, and less than 100 metres from George's Street Upper.
€850k DNG Terenure, (01) 490 9000
Number 35 Terenure Park is the last in a terrace of elegant red-brick Edwardian houses on a tree-lined street off Terenure Road West. Its next-door neighbour to the south is Presentation College secondary school for girls. Number 35 is a split-level house - two-storey at the front and three-storey at the back - with a floor area of 1,955 sq ft. It's in five flats at the moment, with two downstairs and three upstairs, and out the back is a paved yard with a garage giving vehicle access to a lane behind the terrace. Terenure village is less than five minutes' walk away.
€395k Kelly Bradshaw Dalton, (01) 804 0500
Although the Ordnance Survey will say Cabra Park is in Cabra, it's less than 200 metres from St Peter's Church in Phibsboro and five minutes' walk from Phibsboro village. Number 90 is a pre-'63 red-brick building in three flats. There's one on each floor and they each have one bedroom and a living room and kitchen, for a total floor area of 1,507 sq ft. Out the back of the house is a paved yard that gives pedestrian access to a laneway. Once it's up and running, the cross-city Luas will stop at Cabra Road (Phibsboro), about five minutes' walk away.