Four on the market: in Maynooth
A choice of four properties currently available to buy in the university town of Maynooth.
Cluain Lara, Old Railpark
€995k Coonan Property, (01) 628 6128
Even a few decades can do wonders in making a homage to Georgian architecture look more authentic. Cluain Lara was built in 1977 and in the intervening 40 years has acquired a convincing and appealing patina of age. Its grounds help too: it's on just over six acres with a tennis court, outbuildings, mature trees, orderly hedging and pasture. The house itself is 2,757 sq ft with five bedrooms upstairs, two of them sharing an en-suite. The ground floor has a grand, dual-aspect sitting room with a marble fireplace, a dining room with French doors, a study, also dual-aspect and with a marble fireplace, and an office, as well as an eat-in kitchen.
€450k Sherry FitzGerald Brady O’Flaherty, (01) 651 0000
This Georgian townhouse is said to have been one of the first buildings to go up on Maynooth's planned main street, back in the late 18th century. The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage compliments its "graceful proportions" and symmetry and it has authentic features such as sash windows and ornate plasterwork. It's 1,895 sq ft with four rooms downstairs and three rooms upstairs, as well as a bathroom, all needing refurbishment. It's long been used as a dwelling house but An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission last year to convert it to office use.
87 Leinster Wood, Carton Demesne
€820k Coonan Property, (01) 628 6128
Leinster Wood is in the grounds of the 1,140-acre Carton House demesne, the former seat of the Earls of Kildare and now, as is the way with these places, a hotel and golf resort. Number 87 is a detached, timber-clad house with a surprisingly large floor area of 2,800 sq ft. That includes five bedrooms, two with en-suites and the main one with French doors to a balcony. By way of living rooms there's a dual-aspect sitting room with a solid-fuel stove, and an open-plan kitchen and dining room with French doors to the garden. There's also a two-room basement. Management fees of €1,427.95 a year apply.
14 Pebble Hill Park
€650k Sherry FitzGerald Brady O’Flaherty, (01) 651 0000
Pebble Hill is a family-friendly sort of place, especially if your family consists of daughters. It's a cul-de-sac enclave of large detached houses off the Dunboyne Road, five minutes' walk from the Presentation Girls' School and the same distance from Main Street. Number 14 has an end site with trees to the north of it, so it's reasonably private. It measures 1,851 sq ft on two main floors with a converted attic reached by means of a spiral staircase. There are four bedrooms (two en-suite) on the first floor and four ground-floor reception rooms as well as a kitchen and utility.