Four on the market: in the Dublin commuter counties
A selection of four properties currently on the market which are within commuting distance of Dublin.
Balgatheran, Drogheda, Co Louth
€385k Sherry FitzGerald Lannon (041) 983 8168
As the crow flies, the M1 motorway is only about 250 metres from this three-bedroom detached property at Balgatheran in Co Louth. It's about a five-minute drive to an on-ramp, though. It has three bedrooms upstairs, one en-suite. Optionally there's a fourth bedroom on the ground floor that's currently a family room, complete with fireplace. Also downstairs there's the sitting room and the kitchen, both of which have solid-fuel stoves. The house is on a 0.7-acre site that also includes a detached, 300 sq ft garage.
Vartry Springs, Co Wicklow
€349k Fenelon Properties (01) 201 4650
The bus from Dublin to Roundwood used to stop at a rather quaint art deco bus depot in the centre of town. Vartry Springs on Main Street is almost next door to the former bus stop but predates it by some 40 years or so, and it has also been well preserved, having been totally refurbished by the owners in 2005. It's 1,450 sq ft with three upstairs bedrooms. Downstairs there's a sitting room with its original marble fireplace, a country-style kitchen and a dining room. Out the back is a low-maintenance garden.
3 The Lane, Ratoath, Co Meath
€440k REA Grimes (01) 835 0392
Handily for people who like the nags, the Fox Lodge Woods estate is a little over four kilometres from Fairyhouse Racecourse. It's about a kilometre from the centre of Ratoath, and 40 minutes drive from Dublin city centre. Number 3 The Lane is a 1,830 sq ft five-bedroom detached house and it's been spruced up with a new kitchen, bathroom and en-suite in the main bedroom. There are also two bay-windowed reception rooms. The kitchen has French doors to the garden and an island with a breakfast bar.
9 Barton Grange, Co Kildare
€695k Team Lorraine Mulligan (01) 627 2770
You could walk to the K Club from 9 Barton Grange in Straffan. The downside is you might arrive a little muddy and sweaty. Barton Grange is on the opulent side itself though, consisting of 18 large detached houses in a cul de sac just outside the village of Straffan and about 40 minutes' drive from Dublin. Number 9 has five first-floor bedrooms, with two en-suite. The ground floor has a sitting room, dining room, sun room and study, as well as a lavish 312 sq ft kitchen. Total accommodation is 2,626 sq ft.