A selection of four very distinctive properties currently available to buy in Kilmainham.
€445k McMorrow Properties, (01) 289 8221
Almeida Avenue is a short cul-de-sac off Brookfield Street, which opens from Brookfield Road in Old Kilmainham. No7 is at the end of a terrace of three, adjacent to a laneway that gives you access to the back garden so you don't have to drag the bins through the house. It's 961 sq ft and has some lovely period features, including decorative plasterwork and an original fireplace in the main bedroom, which spans the width of the first floor. There are two more upstairs bedrooms, and on the ground floor are two quite roomy reception rooms and a galley kitchen with separate utility.
€360k DNG Central, (01) 679 4088
Unlike almost everyone else in the country, the occupants of O'Reilly Avenue will have no difficulty getting to the new national children's hospital once it opens, should they be unlucky enough to need it. The western side of the avenue backs onto the hospital site. No185 is on the eastern side and its front garden is paved to allow parking - otherwise impossible on this narrow street. The house measures 872 sq ft with two first-floor bedrooms. The ground floor is open-plan and consists of a front living/ dining room and a rear kitchen with French doors to a paved back garden with raised beds.
€385k DNG Central, (01) 679 4088
Ceannt Fort, formerly known as the McCaffrey Estate and later renamed in honour of Eamonn Ceannt, was an extensive public housing scheme built in the early 20th century. The architect was Thomas Joseph Byrne, who famously liked to make sure there was always a parlour in workers' cottages. Standing on a corner, No81 is one of the prettier, gable-fronted cottages in the scheme, albeit one with an irregular footprint. The 'parlour' is now a living/ dining room right of the entrance hall and open-plan to a galley kitchen. There's also one bedroom downstairs and two more on the first floor, in a total floor area of 743 sq ft.
€575k Sherry FitzGerald Sundrive, (01) 492 2444
You can contemplate the martyrdom of successive rebel leaders as often as you like from 744 South Circular Road, as it's just around the corner from Kilmainham Gaol. It's in the middle of a terrace of six cute Victorian red-bricks with near-set first-floor windows, giving them a look of close scrutiny. They also have big back gardens and a new owner of No744 is likely to improve access to that from the living room or dining room, both of which have original fireplaces. There's also a front drawing room and a smallish kitchen out the back. The three bedrooms are upstairs and the house measures 1,292 sq ft all in.