Four on the market: in Ranelagh
A choice of four properties currently available to buy in sought-after Ranelagh.
20A Beechwood Avenue Lower
€1.175m DNG Central, (01) 679 4088
The last time 20A Beechwood Avenue Lower sold was in November 2016, when it fetched €1,010,000. Eighteen months later it's on sale again for 16pc more, reflecting the escalating market in Ranelagh. It was remodelled by the previous owners and remains as neat as a pin inside and out. It's 1,485 sq ft including a kitchen extension added some years ago, with French doors to a landscaped back garden with a raised patio. Elsewhere on the ground floor are two interconnected reception rooms, both with marble fireplaces and one with French doors to the garden. Upstairs are three bedrooms (one en-suite).
6 Colliers Avenue
€449k Lynam Auctioneers, (01) 296 5374
Colliers Avenue used to be known as Majors Lane, and in 1911 was occupied mainly by labourers and domestic servants and the like, at least one of whom had a conspicuous Dublin wit. At Number 9 was Mary Jane Hughes, a charwoman and a widow, who described herself on the census form as "head of family, boss of show". Under age she put "don't know, suppose about 50". You couldn't manage Ranelagh on a charwoman's wages these days, but Colliers Avenue is one of its more affordable neighbourhoods. Number 6 is 678 sq ft with a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room, all in good order. There's a yard out the back and disc parking out front.
26 Anna Villa
€725k Sherry FitzGerald Ranelagh, (01) 296 9909
The Beechwood Luas stop is less than three minutes' walk from 26 Anna Villa, one of a pair of semi-detached, mid 20th-century houses on the western side of a narrow, tree-lined street linking Ranelagh Road and Beechwood Road. Number 26 needs modernising but has period features including 1930s tiled fireplaces, high ceilings and picture rails. Most of the windows are now PVC. It's 1,109 sq ft with three bedrooms on the first floor, two with original fireplaces, as well as a shower room. The ground floor has a bay-windowed living room to the front, a dining room behind that and a kitchen at the back with a door to the garden.
42 Hollybank Avenue Lower
€750k O’Connor Shannon (01) 496 8111
Although it's in flats at present, 42 Hollybank Avenue Lower could convert reasonably readily into a family home, not least because its essential structure hasn't been altered very much. It consists of two apartments, one occupying the whole ground floor and one upstairs. The ground-floor flat includes the two original reception rooms along with a kitchen and an en-suite bedroom. The first floor consists of a bay-windowed living room (the master bedroom of the future), as well as another double bedroom and a kitchen and shower. The house has been extended to 1,184 sq ft so the back garden has been reduced to some 16ft.