Independent Property takes three similar properties and analyses them in terms of price, location and value.
Dwelling on the divine
Sunday mornings need never be dull again at 3 Carrickbrennan Road in Monkstown, Co Dublin. You can look out the front windows at the Church of Ireland parish church, and out the side windows at St Patrick's Catholic church.
'Hollyville', as the house is called, is a handsome 19th century building that's divided into offices at present, with an apartment on the top floor. It could be used as a combined home and home office, or converted back into a three-storey dwelling house.
There's plenty of space to work with, at 3,475 sq ft. On the ground floor there are two reception rooms, a kitchen and a toilet, and on the first floor, three rooms and another toilet. The top floor apartment has a kitchen/breakfast room, three other rooms and a bathroom.
Hollyville will be auctioned by Lisney on Wednesday, November 26, and the AMV is €1m. For details phone Lisney Dun Laoghaire at (01) 280 6820.
Crossing the bridge
Why have a mere driveway when you can have a flyover instead? Bellevue Villas, at Tivoli in Cork, is a terrace of three 19th century houses overlooking the River Lee across the railway line and the Lower Glanmire Road. They're accessed by their very own flyover bridge and secluded behind an electric gate.
Number 2 Bellevue Villas is 4,000 sq ft in size on three storeys with a basement flat. The ground floor has a living room, dining room, small kitchen and bathroom. On the first floor is a large drawing room overlooking the river, and the en-suite master bedroom.
There are two more bedrooms on the second floor, one en-suite, and a dressing room or nursery. Another two bedrooms and a study are on the third floor.
The basement flat consists of a kitchen, lounge, shower room and bedroom.
Sherry FitzGerald Cork (021) 4273041 will auction the property on November 26, and the AMV is €375,000.
Quench that thirst
Middle Street in Galway is right in the thick of the city's so-called Latin Quarter, buzzing with pubs and restaurants.
Number 1 Olde Malt is a two-bedroom townhouse opening into a courtyard at Middle Street. It's in the heart of town and about 10 minutes' walk from the university, so it would suit either an aspiring landlord or someone with an unquenchable thirst for nightlife.
The townhouse is small, at only 620 sq ft, but has two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, a shower room, and an open-plan kitchen and living room.
The whole house is heated by storage heaters. Management fees come to €800 a year, and it's claimed rents of €800 a month can be achieved, should you decide not to use it yourself.
Number 1 Olde Malt will be go under the hammer of Colleran Auctioneers (091) 562 293 at 3pm on Thursday, November 27, with an AMV of €120,000.
Property valuers agree that it doesn't matter whether you want to see the waves crash on the rocks from your seafront deck or enjoy the views of the city lights from your balcony, you're going to pay a price premium of at least 20pc for above average scenery from the best windows of a home.