In at the deep end in Sandycove
17 Elton Court €740k
Don't be deceived by the name: The Forty Foot in Sandycove is not 40ft deep. In fact, the water around the famous promontory immortalised in Ulysses is not beyond 20ft in depth.
It is deep enough, though, that if you're a mediocre swimmer you should know better than to attempt a dip in it, unless you're wearing armbands or at least clutching an inflatable flamingo. Either that, or get in a bit of swimming practise first.
You can do that at the Swim Academy at Castle Park School, ten minutes' walk from the Forty Foot promontory. Elton Court, a small development built by Sorohan in 2003 off Castle Park Road, is less than 100 metres from the Swim Academy.
No17 has a low-maintenance garden, so you can spend less time labouring in it and more time swimming.
The front garden is paved while out the back the south-facing garden has a wooden deck and gravelled area, a water feature, raised beds, trellising and a cute green garden shed big enough for what few tools you'll need.
You can reach the back garden from a sunroom at the rear of the house, which is dual-aspect and also has two skylights getting the best of the southern light.
The sunroom is open-plan to the kitchen and dining room, which has integrated appliances and a granite counter-top.
There's also a living room at the front of the house, reached from oak, half-glazed double doors in the entrance hall. It has a bay window and a sandstone fireplace fitted with a stove.
The first floor has two bedrooms, both with en suite showers.
The third bedroom is on the second floor and has an en suite with a jacuzzi bath.
The house comes with one designated parking space and management fees are €995 a year.
No17 Elton Court, Sandycove, Co Dublin, is for sale for €740,000 with Lynam, (01) 296 5374.