Four on the market: near Phoenix Park
These four properties come with the significant advantage of being close to the Phoenix Park.
36 Ellesmere Avenue, Stoneybatter, D7
€520k Lowe, (01) 406 0000
The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage has honourable mentions for 36 Ellesmere Avenue and its conjoined twin, Number 35. The pair, built about 1930, "form a picturesque termination to the south-east portion of Ellesmere Avenue", it says. Originally a three-bedroom house, Number 36 was converted to a two-bed by its owners. It's 893 sq ft but has room to extend into the back garden and there's also an adjoining garage. The ground floor has two reception rooms - a dining room and a living room, both with fireplaces - along with a galley-style kitchen. Phoenix Park is a kilometre away, and Phibsboro Luas stop is about the same distance.
Shirley, Martins Row, Chapelizod, D20
€865k Sherry FitzGerald Lucan, (01) 624 1234
Shirley dates from the early 20th century and has known only two families in its history. It occupies an elevated spot east of the Liffey and west of the park, and it's set well back from the road on a half-acre of gardens with mature trees, vegetable plots, an orchard, and a greenhouse. What was once the tennis court is now a lawn. The house itself is 2,118 sq ft with period features including stained glass, corniced ceilings, and sash windows. There are two ground-floor reception rooms and a kitchen, all with fireplaces. On the first floor are four bedrooms and a glass door to a wisteria-draped balcony.
6 Springfield, Blackhorse Avenue, D7
€435k DNG Phibsboro, (01) 830 0989
Springfield takes its name from Springfield House, a long-vanished residence with a gate lodge at Blackhorse Avenue. It's a cul-de-sac of grouped terraces, and Number 6 is about two minutes' walk from the North Road entrance to Phoenix Park. It has a pleasant, west-facing garden of its own too, measuring just under 50ft by 25ft. You reach the garden from the kitchen and dining room which runs the width of the house at the back. At the front is a living room, where the staircase is, and a curiously large entrance hall used as a reception room. The first floor has three bedrooms, the floor area coming to 1,008 sq ft in total.
3 Deerpark Avenue, Castleknock, D15
€1.5m Lisney Howth Road, (01) 853 6016
It's only five minutes' walk from 3 Deerpark Avenue to the Castleknock Gate into Phoenix Park. But if that much walking makes you tired, the house has a lift so you can retire effortlessly to bed. Number 3 is a detached, five-bedroom house measuring 3,369 sq ft, having gained a back extension. That houses a sunroom off the kitchen, with French doors to the 85ft back garden. There's also a dining room off the kitchen, with double doors to a front living room. There are two more reception rooms on the ground floor too. The five bedrooms (two en suite) are all upstairs along with a study.