Four on the market: near the Phoenix Park
A choice of four properties which offer close proximity to the Phoenix Park.
1 Skreen Road, Navan Road, D7
€545k Sherry FitzGerald Drumcondra, (01) 837 3737
Should you be invited to drink tea with the President, you could be there in 10 minutes if you lived at 1 Skreen Road, which is just a kilometre from Áras an Uachtaráin. Number 1 is a red-brick terraced house just off the Navan Road. It's been extended to 1,894 sq ft but there's scope to do more as there's a big garden out the back. The attic has been converted already, as has the garage. The ground floor has three reception rooms (living room, family room and dining room) as well as a central dining area and a kitchen with a 1940s blue Aga. There's also a spare bedroom on this floor, and four more bedrooms upstairs.
40 Martin’s Row, Chapelizod, D20
€375k City Homes, (01) 405 9333
St Laurence's Church in Chapelizod is celebrated not only for its blend of architectural styles but also as the setting for Sheridan Le Fanu's 1863 Gothic novel, The House by the Churchyard. Although it's not the house in question, 40 Martin's Row is just around the corner from the church, and hence is sandwiched between Phoenix Park and the Liffey. It's a period semi-detached house, stone-fronted, and it's had a recent refurbishment so it's in good order. There are three bedrooms, two reception rooms and a kitchen, and out the back is a 484 sq ft area that might be turned into a garden.
1 Deerpark Close, Castleknock, D15
€1.295m Sherry FitzGerald Castleknock, (01) 820 1800
According to the Property Price Register, 1 Deerpark Close last sold in May 2014 for €1.12m. By then it was a surprise the house was still standing, as planning permission had been granted in 2006 to demolish it. The plan was to replace it with a 5,000 sq ft two-storey house, and it's an avenue a new owner might care to reopen. What's there now is a detached dormer bungalow on a third of an acre. It's 2,560 sq ft with a sprawling ground-floor plan and a massive 670 sq ft attic, unexploited. There are two first-floor bedrooms (one with a balcony) and three more bedrooms downstairs, along with a living room, dining room, playroom and kitchen/family room.
34 Villa Park Gardens, Ashtown, D7
€430k Property Team Lappin Estates, (01) 882 5730
It's about 10 minutes' walk from 34 Villa Park Gardens to the entrance to Phoenix Park, for some free-range rambling. If you prefer your exercise more structured, Cabra Community Sports Centre is about the same distance in the opposite direction. Number 34 is a red-brick semi with an adjoining single-storey garage that hasn't yet been co-opted into the living space. Also on the ground floor are a linked living room and dining room, both with fireplaces, and a kitchen with oak cabinets. The floor area is 1,001 sq ft with four first-floor bedrooms. There's off-street parking on the front drive and a landscaped back garden with a patio and lawn.