The car-free life in Dundrum
25 Balally Drive, D16 €795k
Balally is one of the four Park and Ride stops on the Luas green line; you can park your car there for €5 a day and read a book on your journey into town.
But this convenience is utterly wasted on all but the laziest residents of the neighbourhood of Balally in Dublin 16. Take 25 Balally Drive, for instance. It's only five minutes' walk from the Luas stop, which means its occupants really have no excuse not to leave the car in the driveway, thereby missing out on all the superlative benefits of the Park and Ride.
Dundrum Town Centre is only about half a kilometre away, so there's no point driving up there either. It would be a disgrace not to walk. But when you do want to use the car, Junction 13 of the M50 is five minutes down the road.
Number 25 is back on the market less than a year-and-a-half after it last sold. According to the Property Price Register it went for €795,000 in February 2017. And despite the perception of a spiralling south Dublin market, it's for sale again 16 months later for the same price.
A 1960s bungalow on the face of it, Number 25 has been transformed inside into something much more modern. Its had an energy-efficiency upgrade as well, so that its BER is now C3.
Sizewise it's 1,485 sq ft although nominally with only two bedrooms. These are on the ground floor (with one en suite) and there's also an attic room, complete with en suite shower, which a new owner will almost certainly use as the third bedroom.
Back on the ground floor the main reception room is a kitchen/dining/ living room in white marble with sliding doors to a hemispherical covered patio. For quieter moments there's also a sitting room with a marble fireplace and fitted shelving.
The agent is Sherry FitzGerald Dundrum (01) 296 1822 and the asking price is €795,000.