The coast is clear in Dalkey
3 Bartra Rock €675k
The Martello tower at Harbour Road in Dalkey was built in the first decade of the 19th century with the aim of keeping a sharp eye out for Napoleon, so naturally enough there was nothing between it and the water at the time.
These days things are different, and the demand for coastal real estate far surpasses the demand for coastal defences.
Between the tower and the sea now stand the Bartra Rock apartment blocks. Legions of cheeky Frenchmen could swan up and down the Dublin coast without being spotted by the occupants of the Martello tower.
They would be spotted, though, by the occupants of Bartra Rock, and especially the occupants of Number 3. It's a ground-floor apartment in a corner position, so it has a three-way aspect including enviable views of the sea beyond.
The selling agents suggest it feels more like a bungalow than an apartment and there's some truth in it, what with its ground-floor position and unusually large size of 1,055 sq ft.
There are two bedrooms laid out on one side of the L-shaped entrance hall, and the main bedroom has an en-suite with a walk-in shower.
Also off the entrance hall is the kitchen, fitted with wooden cabinets and a tiled floor.
At the back of the apartment is the main living room - an open-plan sitting room and dining room, triple-aspect, with a wooden floor and an electric-fitted fireplace.
Off the living room is a so-called 'winter garden' or sunroom, and double doors there open onto a gravelled terrace outside, where you can keep an eye out for menacing mariners.
According to the Property Price Register, Number 3 last sold just under a year ago, in February 2017, fetching €550,000 at that time. It's now back on the market with Hunters (01) 275 1640 and has an asking price of €675,000.