On the market: Flat out in the city
With large family homes in short supply in the capital, would-be buyers with deep pockets might begin to consider more left-field options, such as 81 New Cabra Road.
This five-bedroom, pre-63 red-brick is one of the first in a likely rash of such properties to come to the market following last year's enactment of new regulations governing residential rental accommodation that effectively sounded the death knell for bedsits.
Not surprisingly, the agent is talking up the potential and the original features such as the ornate slate fireplace in the living room, the original coving and ceiling roses. The garage to the rear is likely to be another selling point.
In common with many other areas in Dublin, prices in the Cabra area have been rising rapidly over the past year as the suburb has found new favour thanks to its relative affordability and access to the city centre.
Kelly Bradshaw Dalton (01-8040500), is seeking €350,000, conceding that "it does need some work".
Anglesea Road is usually identified with stolid, period pads fetching seven-figure sums. This three-storey at Zardoz Court bucks the norm on both counts: it is unashamedly modern and is valued at €700,000.
The agent describes its layout as "flexible". It began life with bedrooms downstairs and the kitchen/sitting room in the middle floor. The present configuration reverses this but it could be one reason why it is listed as a 3/4 bedroom house.
Number 3 sits in an exclusive four-house development on the banks of the River Dodder and has landscaped gardens. It comes with a designated parking space.
Its main selling point is, of course, its location. Aside from the address, it is adjacent to Herbert Park, close to some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin and within easy reach of the city centre. For more information contact O'Regan Consulting (01- 4963695)
Those looking for a detached, period property in a convenient location might take a chance on converting The Ferry House, 15 Clarindha Park North, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, from its present B&B use to a large family home.
This seven-bedroom, 3,100 sq ft house is, a stone's throw from Dun Laoghaire's main thoroughfare, George's St and near the Glasthule/Sandycove Dart station. Built in 1850, it is located in a quiet cul-de-sac with steps leading to Glenageary Road Lower.
The house is now guiding at €1m, down from its original price of €2.6m at the height of the boom.
The agent's photographs suggest its current usage, replete with 'no smoking' signs in the rooms. It would certainly be a job of work to bring it back to its former glory but with a bit of vision and some spare cash, this ferry could be worth a punt. The agent is Bartholomew McElhatton (01 9014221)