Four properties available in Dalkey at the 'lower' end of the price scale for the area.
DNG Dun Laoghaire (01) 230 1616
The residents of Laragh, a small development off Killiney Avenue, have a communal pool. Useful if you cannot walk the 20 minutes to Killiney Beach. Number 17 Laragh is a two-bedroom house of 1,076 sq ft. The ground floor has a living room with a gas fire, and an open-plan kitchen and dining room. There is also a guest toilet. The third of the three first-floor rooms does not comply with regulations for use as a bedroom, and is described as a study.
Vincent Finnegan, (01) 2984 695
'Fota' has a rainwater harvesting system - great for water charges - and geothermal heating, giving it an exemplary A3 energy rating. It is a detached bungalow of 950 sq ft, not including a 225 sq ft attic room. At ground level there is an open-plan living room and kitchen with doors to the garden and a pantry, a bathroom, and three bedrooms. It is on a corner site with a fully paved garden, and the nearest Dart station is Glenageary, 12 minutes' walk away.
Lisney Dun Laoghaire, (01) 280 6820
Watson Drive is about 15 minutes' walk from Killiney Golf Club, and 10 minutes' walk from Seapoint Rugby Club and Cabinteely Athletic Club. If you prefer to be sedentary, you can chill out in the southwest-facing back garden, where there is a deck and patio. The house is 1,765 sq ft, with four bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor. The lower level has a sitting room, a playroom, an open-plan kitchen/ dining room and a family room with doors to the garden.
Sherry Fitzgerald, (01) 275 1000
You are less than 10 minutes' walk from the beach at Seafield Court, which is a fairly modest 1,077 sq ft. That includes an extension, but it does fit in three bedrooms and two reception rooms, the first of which is a living room at the front, and the second is a sunroom to the side, with doors to the garden. You reach the sunroom through a 24ft-long open-plan kitchen and dining room. The back garden is landscaped, and there is a greenhouse.
On an elevated site in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, with views out over the city, and across Dublin Bay to Howth and beyond, Farnham Hill is a striking contemporary house that will appeal to purchasers in search of a large family home within easy reach of the city centre and the airport. Located behind electric gates, the house is approached by a gravel driveway with immaculately landscaped gardens, featuring Wimbledon-standard striped lawns on either side.
Woodhill House, at Lovers' Walk in Cork, was not only one of the city's most important and beautiful houses, it was also one of its most storied, with a history full of melodrama, romance and scandal. It was built in the 1700s by Cooper Penrose, a merchant prince of Cork and a Quaker, though not a very conscientious one.
Greystones is perhaps a dull name for a place of such elegance, vitality, charm and scenic allure. Far from the madding crowds of the city, yet still within easy DART, train, bus or road reach of the capital, and all by the seaside - the best of both worlds.