Red-brick villa in North Strand
6 Northbrook Ave Lower €450k
The North Strand area of Dublin had a bad run of things for some time. It was bombed by the Luftwaffe in May 1941, when 28 people died, 90 were injured and 400 were rendered homeless. And then in 1954 there was the Great North Strand Flood, when the River Tolka burst its banks and the residents had to be evacuated by boat.
The neighbourhood's fortunes have improved markedly since those times. Thanks to its Ould Dublin atmosphere, its proximity to the city and its comparative affordability, the North Strand is becoming increasingly 'gentrified' these days. It's close to the sea and the docklands, and is also home to what is commonly described as the best Italian restaurant in the capital - Da Mimmo at North Strand Road.
Number 6 Northbrook Avenue Lower is only 250 metres from Da Mimmo, so you'll never be more than three minutes' walk from a dish of cannoli.
Built in the first decade of the 20th century, it's had a recent refurbishment and is prettily and tastefully finished inside, with authentic features including 13ft ceilings with coving, sash windows and an original staircase. It's gained modern touches too, including double glazing and an en suite off the master bedroom.
It's one of those split-level villa-style houses that looks small from the front - just one window and an arched doorway - but is much bigger inside.
It's 969 sq ft with three bedrooms, all doubles. The main bathroom has a fetching roll-top bath with claw feet, and there's a walk-in shower.
There's just one main reception room - a front living room with its original wooden floor and a marble fireplace. The kitchen is country-style with a Belfast sink and wooden countertops, and there's a separate utility.
Number 6 for sale for €450,000 with DNG Fairview (01) 833 1802.