Four on the market: under €1million in Sandycove
Four houses of distinction on the market in Sandycove which could be yours for less than €1 million
11 Elton Court
€750k Janet Carroll, (01) 288 2020
Househunters who are sick to the teeth of gardening might take an interest in 11 Elton Court, in the middle of a Sorohan-built development off Castlepark Road in Sandycove. It has a back garden facing south-west but it's almost completely paved save some easily managed flower borders. There's also vehicle access here if you want to park the car. The house is 1,421 sq ft on three floors and has three bedrooms - one on the top floor and two on the first floor - all en-suite. The ground floor has a living room at the front, a kitchen at the back and a sunroom and dining room extension. Management fees are €995 a year.
9 Islington Ave
€985k Lisney Dun Laoghaire, (01) 280 6820
Islington Avenue runs in a roughly north-easterly direction from Summerhill Road towards the sea, which means 9 Islington Avenue is about 100 metres from the seafront in one direction and Sandycove DART station in the other. It's a detached Victorian villa in good condition inside and with a neat and pleasant front garden, although the back garden needs taking in hand: it's in concrete and offers vehicle access to lane. The house itself is 1,300 sq ft with three bedrooms towards the front, along with a sitting room, breakfast room, kitchen and conservatory.
1 Killiney Terrace, Breffni Road
€995k Vincent Finnegan, (01) 284 4312
Number 1 Killiney Terrace used to be a private school, and census records suggest they took a lavish approach to the pupil-teacher ratio. In the 1901 census there was only one boarder, aged 17, watched over by two teachers and consequently never able to get up to any mischief. It's now a private house, albeit one with a self-contained two-bedroom flat in the basement. The main house, occupying the upper two floors, has three first-floor bedrooms and a living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor. The total size is 2,325 sq ft, all needing modernisation. There's a detached garage in the back garden, along with a lawn and some apple trees.
Martello Cottage, 1 The Courtyard
€795k Sherry FitzGerald Dun Laoghaire, (01) 284 4422
After a bracing, 12-minute seafront walk from The Courtyard, a small enclave of houses off Islington Avenue, you'll reach Sandycove Beach and the 40 Foot. Martello Cottage, or 1 The Courtyard, is a semi-detached house that was extended in 2015 to 1,107 sq ft. It now has an open-plan living room and kitchen on the ground floor stretching the full length of the house and measuring over 30ft. At the kitchen end of the room are sliding doors leading to a decked back garden where there's bamboo growing in a raised flowerbed. The first floor has two bedrooms (one en-suite) and a study that's used as a third bedroom.