Model house for railway fans
23 Kingston Heights €525k
A miniature railway operates at Marlay Park in Rathfarnham during the summer, carrying passengers around a track in the middle of the park. Miniature passengers love it, and their parents happily put up with the embarrassment for the sake of amusing the kids.
Its proximity to Marlay Park is one of the reasons why Kingston Heights in Ballinteer, Dublin 16, is popular with families.
The park is a 15-minute walk away. But there are other reasons too.
It's a cul-de-sac lined with ornamental trees, so it's both safe and salubrious.
It's close to primary schools and to secondary schools including Wesley College - another 15-minute walk.
And it's a three-minute drive from the M50 (Junction 13) for when you need to get the family across the city, or out of it altogether.
Number 23 Kingston Heights, one of the bungalows on the eastern side of the street, has been given a thorough makeover in recent years.
It's also gained quite a bit more space thanks to an extension in 2007 and an attic conversion in 2010, so that the floor area is now 1,325 sq ft.
The skylit attic probably won't comply with building regulations for use as a bedroom, but it would make a reasonable study or, better yet, a playroom for people of all sizes who like model trains.
The ground floor has three bedrooms and one main reception room, which is a sitting room with a bay window and a wood-burning stove.
The main living room, though, is the extended kitchen and dining room at the back of the house.
The kitchen is dual-aspect and has a high ceiling with skylights, as well as French doors to the garden.
It's for sale for €525,000 with Property Partners O'Brien Swaine (01) 298 8508.