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Booterstown, Co Dublin; Rent: €3,500 per month
Booterstown in South County Dublin is a busy spot in the mornings - the Rock Road takes heavy traffic into the city and the area also has one of the busiest bus corridors in the county. You'd take your life in your hands crossing the road.
Sandwiched between Blackrock and Ballsbridge, both densely populated shopping zones, you'd imagine a bit of peace and quiet would be hard to come by.
But Booterstown is also home to the only bird sanctuary along the bay, an oasis of salt marsh and tidal lagoon, protected and maintained as a special reserve by An Taisce. So, the new tenant at the three-bed penthouse at Thornwood will have rare and flighty feathered companions in this city scape.
Thornwood also has a communal garden and the apartment's top floor position gives sea views over Dublin Bay. A bright, west facing aspect adds light and evening sun.
At 1,245 sq ft, there's a good bit of space and the floor to ceiling windows and access doors make the most of it. On entrance, there is a large tiled lobby with oak storage cupboards which leads to the kitchen fitted with top of the range Siemens appliances.
Two of the three bedrooms are ensuite and there is a third bathroom also. The kitchen and living/dining area are minimalist, and airy.
There is a large inset gas fire in a feature wall but in the summer when it's not needed, you have an extra room outside, with the wrap around terrace which has been decked, giving an additional 753 sq ft of al fresco space.
A smarthome sound system, underfloor heating, video-com and intelligent lighting system will keep the techies happy.
Underneath are four parking spaces in a secure car park.
The agent says the apartment would be suited to single professionals looking to live near the city, parties looking to downsize or corporate clients relocating from overseas.
It is well located at the top of Booterstown Road and convenient to Blackrock, Donnybrook, UCD and South Dublin.
And if you want to avoid Dublin's morning congestion, the locality has its own Dart station which can get you into town in peak traffic in about half an hour.
Lease: One year
Enquiries: Owen Reilly Lettings (01) 6777 100