A choice of four 5-bed properties on sale in Dublin 9.
€895k Quillsen Glasnevin (01) 850 0900
Alexander Strain was responsible for constructing swathes of middle-class homes in Dublin in the early 20th century, all of which have stood the test of time. Among them was 6 Gartan Avenue, home to a respectable civil servant in the 1911 census. It's been extended since then and now measures 1,948 sq ft, with four bedrooms on the first floor (one on the return) and the fifth on the top floor. The ground floor has a lounge and a dining room, an eat-in kitchen, and a sunroom with doors to the 50ft back garden.
€495k Kelly Bradshaw Dalton (01) 804 0500
Iveragh Road is part of Gaeltacht Park, built in the 1920s and 30s with the aim of establishing an Irish-speaking community in Dublin. The five bedrooms in Number 129 are laid out around the first-floor landing, along with a bathroom and separate toilet. The house is semi-detached with a total floor area of 1,561 sq ft, and some updating is needed in the decor. The ground floor has three reception rooms, including a dining room that has sliding doors to the garden and also opens into the kitchen at the back.
€695k Hamill Estate Agents (01) 833 2534
City gardeners are likely to take a fancy to 37 Grace Park Road, a 1950s-built red-brick semi. It has an 80ft back garden with a greenhouse, vegetable beds and a potting shed, so there'll be nothing keeping you from an oversupply of marrows. Alternatively the size of the garden offers space to extend the house from its current 1,851 sq ft, or you could convert the garage and the attic. The five bedrooms are all upstairs, while the ground floor has an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen, and a separate utility.
€895k Kelly Bradshaw Dalton (01) 804 0500
St Mary's Asylum, a Magdalene laundry in Drumcondra, closed in 1991; soon afterwards the building was demolished and the grounds around it were put to a more benevolent use - for housing families. Built in the late 1990s, The Cloisters is a cul-de-sac development off Grace Park Road. Number 16 is detached and measures 2,357 sq ft. The ground floor has three reception rooms and a kitchen, and there's an integral garage. The first floor has four bedrooms and there's a converted attic used as a fifth.