Four on the market: with a basement
These four properties come with the added benefit of a basement.
3 Holmpatrick Terrace, Skerries
€850k Wyse Estate Agents, (01) 568 8900
Rathbran is one of a group of three single-storey-over-basement Victorian villas in Skerries, Co Dublin. From the front they look modestly pretty, but from the back their view is quite something. Behind the houses is a laneway opening to the sea beyond. No 3 measures 1,604 sq ft and has three bedrooms, one of which has become a reception room. At entrance level are two bedrooms along with a dual-aspect (front and back) living room. The basement/ garden level has the kitchen, three reception rooms, a study and a sun room. The tiered back garden lets you escape from here out on to South Strand beach.
27 Highfield Road, Rathgar, D6
€2.5m Kelly Bradshaw Dalton, (01) 804 0500
The same family has owned 27 Highfield Road since the 1960s, and while they've made the place their own, they've taken good care of its period features, including decorative plasterwork, sash windows and a dumb waiter. The basement, with its own front entrance, has the kitchen, family room, sun room and two bedrooms. The other four bedrooms are on the top floor. At entrance level is an interlinked drawing room and dining room, a library and a study, currently used as an art room, which is where the dumb waiter is. It's on a half-acre site with mature trees, a long lawn and patio, a garage and outdoor wine cabinets.
150 Upper Leeson Street, D4
€975k Beirne & Wise, (01) 288 0900
There's a one-bedroom apartment in the basement of 150 Upper Leeson Street, with its own front door. There's still stairs down from entrance level, currently blocked off, so you could reintegrate the flat. The upper two floors consist of a four-bedroom family home, with an optional fifth bedroom instead of a study at hall level. Otherwise by way of reception rooms there's a front drawing room with double doors to a dining room and kitchen at the back. The floor area comes to 2,207 sq ft and there are some glorious period features, although the place needs a little work. It's 10 minutes from St Stephen's Green.
Windermere, Nashville Road, Howth
€810k Sherry FitzGerald Sutton, (01) 839 4022
Nashville Road, in Howth, Co Dublin, is not named after the country music capital but rather after its builder, Robert Nash. But you could blast out Loretta Lynn all day from the confines of Windermere's three-roomed basement, where you can indulge your Grand Ole Opry mania all you want. At ground-floor level there's a dual-aspect living room, a dining room, kitchen and breakfast room (formerly the garage). The first floor has the five bedrooms (one ensuite), in a total floor space of 2,556 sq ft. Nashville Road is off Thormanby Road and around a kilometre from Howth village.