WHEN Number 50 Carysfort Avenue was built in Blackrock, it was part of a tranquil community surrounding the old Carmelite Monastery at Sweetman's Avenue.
The monastery is now the Blackrock Hospice, and Carysfort Avenue has joined the urban rush, as it's just off the Frascati Road dual carriageway.
Number 50, though, still has many remnants of its early life. It has period features including sash windows (now double-glazed) with shutters, ceiling plasterwork and cast-iron fireplaces.
It was extensively refurbished by the current owner in the 1990s without too much sacrifice of its architectural integrity.
It may look small from the outside, but it is a fairly reasonable 1,184 sq ft inside and has either two or three bedrooms, depending on how you want to use the space.
Right of the narrow entrance hall are two reception rooms linked by double doors, both with shiny wooden floors and fireplaces.
The selling agents indicate that the back room might be used as a bedroom if necessary, but it would be a bit of a shame.
The other two bedrooms are left of the hall, and one has a walk-in wardrobe.
At the back of the house is a bathroom with a claw-foot bath and shower, as well as the split-level kitchen/dining room with country-style wooden cabinets and a Belfast sink. The dining area is down a couple of steps and has French doors heading onto the garden.
The back garden has a lawn and shrubs and a wooden shed, and there's off-street parking on the cobbled front driveway. But you shouldn't need a car, because the property is not much above five minutes' walk from Blackrock Dart station, and only three minutes to the main street.
Number 50 Carysfort Avenue is for sale for €670,000 with Beirne & Wise in Blackrock (01) 288 0900.