A selection of four properties on the market dating back to the 1930s.
€685k Gunne Ranelagh (01) 499 5050
Beyond the south-facing back garden of this home is a wooded area leading down to the River Dodder, so there's plenty of seclusion. A semi-detached house, it is a modest 1,044 sq ft in size, but most neighbours have built over their adjoining garages, and there's a bit of room to extend into the 35ft back garden as well. On the ground floor, it has a linked sitting room and dining room, both with fireplaces, as well as the kitchen and a guest toilet. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom with a free-standing bath.
€975k Beirne & Wise, (01) 668 2268
Planning permission has already been granted to more than double the size of this unassuming pre-war semi. It is 1,281 sq ft at present, but the proposed extension will boost that to 2,777 sq ft. There are two reception rooms on the ground floor, linked by sliding doors - a bay-windowed living room at the front and a dining room behind, with doors to the garden. There's also the kitchen and utility and, behind the integral garage, a toilet and store room. The four bedrooms are upstairs, along with a bathroom and toilet.
€1.2m DNG Central, (01) 679 9249
A FIVE-minute walk from Sydney Parade Dart station is 40 St Alban's Park. The house needs modernising but, at 1,843 sq ft, including the adjoining garage, there's room to manoeuvre. It has two interconnected reception rooms, not counting a good-sized kitchen and breakfast room measuring almost 18ft by 20ft. The three bedrooms upstairs still have their original floorboards, and above them, at attic level, is another room with two windows. The south-facing back garden is mainly in lawn, with mature trees and shrubs.
€675k Savills North Dublin, (01) 853 0630
The best feature of this home in Drumcondra, apart from its pleasing 1930s decor, is probably its huge, 150ft back garden. Inside, the ground floor has a living room and dining room, with double doors between them and two open fires. The kitchen is at the rear of the house with a door to the garden, and there's also a shower room on this level. On the first floor are four bedrooms, two with fireplaces, and a bathroom. The total floor space is 1,292 sq ft.
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Of the three megalithic passage tombs at Brú na Bóinne, Dowth is the only one that's not on the official tour. That's partly because it's regarded as less impressive than Newgrange and Knowth, and partly because, in 1849, a group of enthusiasts from the Royal Irish Academy had the bright idea of excavating it… with dynamite.
Ever met a person who grew tired of living in Malahide? With its long coastal walks, imposing 12th century castle and leafy publicly accessible grounds, fine marina, excellent pubs and restaurants, kitschy hanging baskets and trendy boutiques for the well-heeled?