A choice of four properties currently on the market in the ever-popular coastal town of Blackrock.
€1.05m DNG Rock Road (01) 283 2900
Avoca Park is handily situated for either study or recreation as it's next to both the UCD Graduate Business School and to Carysfort Park, with its pond, playground and walks. The estate was built in the mid-90s and by now is nicely mature and well-kept. No97 is on a corner and measures 1,841 sq ft, with four bedrooms upstairs (one ensuite). The downstairs reception rooms are almost all interconnecting, with a front living room opening to a rear dining room, which itself leads through to the breakfast room and kitchen. There's also a study off the entrance hall.
€635k Sherry FitzGerald Blackrock (01) 288 0088
The back garden of No17 Obelisk faces full south, and although there's not very much planting in it, the neighbours have obliged by planting tall shrubs and trees in their gardens, so there's quite a bit of second-hand colour to be enjoyed from the back lawn. You reach the garden from sliding doors in the family room at the back of the house. The kitchen is next to this and overlooks the garden, with a utility off. There's also a front living room with a gas-fitted fireplace and bay window, while the first floor has four bedrooms (one ensuite) in a total floor area of 1,259 sq ft.
€695k Lisney Blackrock (01) 280 6820
No7 Convent Road has already been extended (to 1,765 sq ft), but if you wanted more space, there's plenty of room in the 60ft back garden to extend further, as some of the neighbours have done. At present, it has two reception rooms off the entrance hall, communicating through sliding doors and each with a tiled fireplace. Straight ahead is a family room and, beyond that, the kitchen. The first floor layout could do with being rearranged while you're modernising. It has four bedrooms (two of them with tiled fireplaces) and two rather wasted through-rooms.
€650k Sherry FitzGerald Blackrock (01) 288 0088
Brookfield Terrace is a narrow, L-shaped street linking Carysfort Avenue and Brookfield Avenue in Blackrock. It's lined on the eastern side with a terrace of unpretentious early 20th-century brick houses, most of them extended. No13 has gained a bigger kitchen at the back and a converted attic, so it now measures 1,141 sq ft. It's also had a huge energy upgrade, with a heat exchange system, triple glazing and first-rate insulation. The kitchen has sliding doors to the living room with a gas-fitted fireplace. Upstairs are two bedrooms and the attic is used as an office.