A choice of four properties currently available to buy near the Luas Cross City line.
€465k Sherry FitzGerald, Drumcondra (01) 837 3737
When it's up and running, supposedly at the end of 2017, the Luas Cross City will stop at Fassaugh Road, about 500 metres from 55 Shandon Drive. It's also close to Mount Bernard Park and Shandon Pitch & Putt club. This terraced house is in good condition, and imaginatively decorated. It has a separate living room and dining room, both with fireplaces. The kitchen is at the back, and the three bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs. There's a small railed front garden, and a lawned garden out the back.
€445k Quillsen, Glasnevin (01) 850 0900
Great Western Avenue runs between the North Circular Road and Great Western Square, where there's a small, very pleasant public park. Number 1 is an end-of-terrace redbrick built in the 1930s. It's a smallish family home, at 1,055 sq ft, with three first floor bedrooms and an open-plan lounge/dining room below, with patio doors. The kitchen is in a rear extension, and there's a bathroom on each floor. The new Luas top at Phibsboro will be a couple of minutes' walk away, but it's only 20 minutes on foot from O'Connell Street.
€269k DNG, Phibsboro (01) 830 0989
About 40 metres down the street from Number 25 is the Blessington Street Basin, a public park that's often described as a 'Dublin's secret garden'. It's mostly water, and has an artificial island in the middle for ducks. Number 25 is a two-storey mid-terrace, with two, first floor bedrooms. Downstairs, there's a living room to the front linked by an archway to a dining room at the back, and a fitted kitchen. Out the back is a small courtyard with a storehouse. The nearest Luas stop, when it opens, will be at Broadstone-DIT.
€275k Lisney, Drumcondra (01) 884 0700
Auburn Cottage was a modest single-storey redbrick house, but was turned inside out by award-winning A2 Architects. It's still quite small, at 861 sq ft, but has a chic interior, with two bedrooms, two receptions and a study. The kitchen has skylights, and a sash window overlooking the street. There's a dual-aspect living room with a gas-fitted fireplace and original wood floors, and a study with skylights and shelving. There's also a flower garden at the side, opening to Fontenoy Street, and a back yard with access to Auburn Street.